Sort file:- Canterbury, April, 2019.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 April, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1955+

Market Inn

Latest 1981+

Market Way


Market Inn 1955

Above photo, Saturday 12 March 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe who says:- The photo was taken on the first day of trading, when the market was opened by the Rt. Hon. Derick Heathcote-Amery MP, Minister for Agriculture in Winston Churchill's post-war administration. I can't be certain which of the single storey buildings in the background later became the "Market Inn" but I think it was one of those more to the right.

Market location 2017

Above photo taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, October 2017.


I have only just been made aware of this one. It was pointed out to me by Rory Kehoe, who says the following:-

"This part time pub traded on market days, when the auction mart was held. I worked a couple of shifts behind the bar in the late 70s/early 80s when Pete Smith, licensee of the "Royal Dragoon," held the licence for the "Market Inn." I don't expect there are many photos of this pretty basic pub but I will ask around. It sold Sheps...

The cattle market moved from the city centre (Upper Bridge Street, adjacent to the "Flying Horse") in 1955 and was run on Tuesdays by Finn & Co. I'm not sure exactly when the market closed down but I think it was around 2000. I dare say that one of your readers will soon correct this! The lock up pub and all the market buildings were demolished and have been replaced by a housing estate, featuring such bovine street names as Dextor Close and Charrolais Close!"

The old cattle market decamped from the city centre (under the city walls) in 1955 and was re-located to a purpose-made site, to the east of the city, on Market Way in Kingsmead. The market operated on Tuesdays and was run by Finn & Co.

Hopefully someone will be able to add a photo of this establishment on day, or indeed as Rory says, "correct any errors."

Local knowledge certainly needed here.



SMITH Pete 1979-81+


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