Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1783-

Old Palace

Latest 1841+

St. Augustine's (St Pauls 1841Census)


Old Palace 1800

It is suggested by Rory Kehoe that the "Old Palace" was this building.

Above photo taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, August 2017, showing the location of the "Old Palace."


At present the only reference to this pub has been from Pigot's directory, which gave the address of St. Augustine's and listed it as Taverns and Public Houses.

I also have reference to a "Palace Hotel" and addressed as Whitstable Road, but do not know whether the two are related, or even in the same area. Local knowledge required.

The Stapleton's Guide of 1838 referred to this as the "Old Palace Tea Gardens," and addressed as at Lady Wootton's Green.


From the Kentish Gazette 10 December 1783.

"...To be sold, at auction, by Mr Richard Staines on Wednesday 17th December at Mrs Tunbridge's, the "Old Palace," Lady Wootton's Green, the lease of two acres etc etc..."


We have a theory, which is that the "Old Palace" was not actually on the green itself but part of the old monastic buildings, probably to the right of the gateway in the image at the top of the page. What is certain is that Alfred Beer ran his brewery from the gateway and adjoining building (c.1820 to c.1850) and William Beer is listed as running the "Old Palace" in1838. Given the size of the building, it seems reasonable to think that Alfred was running a brewpub. Mrs Tunbridge is not recorded as a brewer but in 1770 the gatehouse was leased to a Mr Hill who converted it to a brewery. It's not much of a leap of reason to think that Mrs Tunbridge ran the "Old Palace" with Mr Hill's beers. Mr Hill was succeeded by his son John, then various other brewers until Alfred Beer took over.



TUNBRIDGE Mrs to 1783

LAWRENCE William 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29

EPPS John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BEER William 1838+ Stapletons Guide

GOLDSMITH Thomas 1841+ (age 47 in 1841Census)


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838



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