Sort file:- Canterbury, September, 2021.

Page Updated Canterbury:- Wednesday, 29 September, 2021.


Earliest 1888

Avenue Tavern

Latest 1903+

13 Worthgate Place / 13 Castle Row


Castle Hotel 1920s

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Castle Hotel 1961

Above photo circa 1961, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Castle Hotel." I believe the building shown as the "Avenue" trading as JV Green's Transport Cafe in this year is not the original building.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.


At present the only information I have regarding this pub is the licensees list below. At number 11 Worthgate Place was the "Man of Kent" but the area looks like it's been demolished now.


From the Whitstable Times, 6 January 1900. Price 1d.


The statement of affairs of Alfred James Stevens, lately carrying on business at the “Avenue Inn,” Canterbury but now of Rhodaus Town, wheelwright, shows total debts amounting to 337 7s. 10d and assets nil.

The Official Receiver in his observations says:- The debtor commenced business in 1895 as a licensed victualler, at the “Star” public house, Canterbury, with a capital of 100, borrowed from his father, and which is still outstanding. The valuation on taking his house amounts to 215, of which 120 was paid; on leaving in 1897, the valuation only came to 175. The debtor states he lost about 60 in carrying on this business. In 1897 the debtor became a tenant of the “Avenue” public house, Canterbury. He did not pay any valuation. This house was carried on until September last, when he gave a Bill of Sale to the landlord for the sum of 199 10s. 5d. Shortly afterward the debtor left the premises and has since been employed as an engine fitter. Of the debts scheduled, 68 is stated to be due in respect of a debt which the debtor became surety.

The principal creditors are as follows:- James Stevens, the “Wheatsheaf,” Pound Lane, Canterbury, 100; Thomas Phillips, Brewers, West Malling, Kent, 90; John Kirkwood, Money Lender, Linedown Road, Croyden, E68; H. Morton and Co, Wine merchants, Canterbury, 52.


Tanya McShee informs me that Afred Stevens was her great, great Grandfather and that he unfortunately died of Bronchitis and Exhaustion in 1900.


I will be adding information to these pages as well as photos, when I find or acquire them. Your help is appreciated.



BATTEN Thomas 1889-91+ (age 51 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

Last pub licensee had STEVENS Alfred James 1897-Sept/1899 Next pub licensee had

WOOD Arthur 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-