Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Friday, 31 July, 2020.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1783-

Old Palace

Latest 1913+

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..."


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 22 September 1801.


On the Bowling-green, at the "Old Palace," Canterbury, on Saturday evening next, 26th of September, 1801, (if the weather permits, if not, on Monday).

Admission One Shilling each person.

Rockets will be fired as a signal a quarter of an hour before the exhibition begins.

Doors will be opened at half past seven, and the Fireworks begin at eight o’clock.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 5 December 1826.


Last week, at Dover, Mr. Edward Austen, late of the "Old Palace," Canterbury, to Miss Elizabeth Smith, of Maypole.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 April 1834.


March 27, at the house of his uncle, Mr. Jarvis, "Old Palace," Canterbury.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 6 September 1913.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will return to Lambeth Palace from the Continent at the end of September. During October the Archbishop, with Mr. Randall Davidson, will be in residence at the "Old Palace," Canterbury.


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

AUSTIN Edward pre 1826

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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