DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

Sort file:- Canterbury, October, 2019.

Page Updated Canterbury:- Friday, 18 October, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1840

(Name from)

Beehive

Latest 1974

52 Dover Street

Canterbury

Beehive 1954

Above photo circa 1954, kindly identified and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map kindly identified by Rory Kehoe.

Beehive 1971

Above photo, circa 1971, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Beehive 1974

Above photo, circa 1974, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Nag's Head 1974

Above photo circa 1974, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the sign of the "Nag's Head."

Beehive 1975

Above photo 1975. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the remains of the demolished oast.

Former Beehive 2017

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, August 2017.

 

Previously called the "Brewer's Delight" and suggested was run under that name by Henry Wraight when he opened it in 1837. However he moved to 33 Broad Street by 1847 and had opened another "Brewer's Delight" and this became the Beehive.

However, I have reference to a William Tapley being licensee of the "Beehive" as early as 1832, so something doesn't quite tally here.

The "Beehive" was situated a little way along Dover Street from the "Nag's Head" on the opposite side.

I am informed that after closing as a public house in 1974, the premises became a restaurant.

I have also found reference to another "Beehive" in 1838 the other side of Canterbury in Cross Street.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 March, 1863.

CANTERBURY POLICE COURT. OFFENDING PUBLICANS.

On Monday, T. Barton, landlord of the “Brewer’s Delight” was fined 1s. and expenses for having company drinking in his house at a quarter before 12 o'clock a.m. on Sunday. There were five persons in the house, three of whom were from Faversham, and the other two belonging to the city.

Mr. Hogwood, landlord of the “Old City of Canterbury” public house was also fined 1s. and costs for having two people drinking in his house at five minutes before 12 o'clock on Sunday morning. Both offences were proved by Superintendent Davies; who also reported that, during his tour of inspection, on Sunday morning, he found people drinking in three other houses—the “Bridge Inn”, the “Beehive” and the “Nag's Head,” but as the landlords of those houses were not present the cases were not gone into.

The Mayor remarked that if the Superintendent had warned some of the offending landlords to attend, he ought to have warned all, as those who had not been warned would be put to the expense of summonses.

 

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 05 June 1897.

CANTERBURY COUNTY COURT.

CLAIM FOR " DRINKS ALL ROUND."

Benjamin John Brenchley, landlord of the "Bee Hive," Dover Street, v. Henty Dance, Optician, High Street, Canterbury.

This was a claim for 12s 6d. for lodgings, refreshments, and cigars.

Mrs. Brenchley, stated that defendant had paid 8s. 6d. into Court. The remainder of the claim was for drinks, cigars, etc., which defendant had in their house on the 9th and 10th October. He ordered drinks all round for some travellers.

Defendant said he went to the house to see a man of his who was lodging there. The next morning a bill was sent in for drinks.

His Honour ordered defendant to pay 2s. more.

 

Dover Express 14th August 1942.

A VISIT TO CANTERBURY.

Charged at Canterbury Police Court on Friday with being drunk while in charge of a child apparently under the age of seven years, Phyllis Berry of 3, Cook’s Cottages, Charlton Green, Dover was fined 10s.

When the case was called, defendant was not in court and Inspector Wren stated that she was released on bail in the sum of 2 and a surety, Evelyn G. Webb, 22 Union Road, Dover for a similar amount at 8.10 p.m. on Monday, two hours and forty minutes after her arrest. By that time, defendant had sobered up.

P.S. Cooper stated that, at about 5.30 p.m. on Monday, he saw defendant leaning against a shop window in St. George’s Place. She had a boy of 6 and a girl of 7 years with her. There was also a man with her, but he said he was not in charge of the children. Witness formed the opinion that she was drunk and, when a police patrol car arrived, he put her under arrest. She was unable to stand without support; her speech was slurred and her breath smelled of whiskey.

Defendant said she visited Canterbury on Monday to buy some chicken at the market and she had a drink or two. The first was about 12.40 p.m. and the last at 2.30 p.m. She had the children with her all day and left them just outside the public house, which she thought was the “Beehive”.

Inspector Port said the “Beehive” in Dover Street had no accommodation for children. It was the exception rather than the rule for Canterbury public houses to have any room where children could be admitted.

 

Dover Express 18th August 1944.

AYLESHAM MAN IN TROUBLE. SCENE AT CANTERBURY.

At the Canterbury Police Court on Friday last, a miner, Edgar Meakin (24) of 108 King’s Road Aylesham, who was stated to have molested an ATS girl and to have knocked down another girl, pleaded guilty to having been drunk and disorderly in Dover Street, Canterbury on the night of August 5th.

P S Petts stated that, at 10 p.m. on August 5th, he was on duty with P C Smith in Dover Street, when he saw defendant standing and swaying and helped by another man. Witness requested him to go away, but he said he wanted to go back to the “Beehive” to get his pint of beer. Witness learned that he had been ejected from the house. He eventually went up the street, along which came an ATS girl and another girl. Defendant put his arm round the shoulders of the former and, when her friend went to her side, pushed her away and the third time struck her a violent blow and knocked her to the ground. Some soldiers then rushed at defendant and knocked him down. Witness and P C Smith then took him into custody. When charged he replied “I’m not quite drunk”.

Defendant said that he could not remember saying that. He added that he did not intend to hurt the girl. He pushed her and she fell down.

Inspector Wren said that defendant was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment in 1941 for club breaking and larceny.

The Mayor said that the Bench would not take into account what happened three years ago, but the defendant had behaved very badly and they did not want him coming to Canterbury and interfering with people. Defendant would be fined 2.

 

I also have reference to a "Beehive" new nightclub, in Dover Street, being opened in 1965, and believe the two are connected. Perhaps the club was opened in the pub itself.

Mark Collier informs me that pub used to be a music club and is where a whole new music genre "the Canterbury scene/sound" was created. The former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper, lived in Whitstable, near Canterbury. Hopper's family, lived in the city and the Wilde Flowers did play many of their early gigs in Canterbury, notably at the "Beehive Club," in Dover Street, and the city's various colleges.

 

Opening of Beehive nightclub 1965

May 1965: Italian-born Franco Bevan - helped by Marlow actress Lynne Ashcroft - opens Canterbury's new nightclub, the "Beehive" in Dover Street. There were three rooms where members could dance, talk or drink coffee. The club was one of the venues used by the Wilde Flowers. (The Wilde Flowers were in existence between 1964 and 1967, they never released an album but the members later formed Soft Machine and Caravan.)

 

LICENSEE LIST

TAPLEY William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BOYLE William 1838+ Stapletons Guide

ARGAR Benjamin W 1838-62+ Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

MUTTON Benjamin 1865-71+ (age 65 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

ELVE Robert 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

ROBERTS Henry 1881+ Census

KENWARD Edwin 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

PARKER W J 1888+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

HOOPER Henry Augustus 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

FOWLER Henry 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

LEMAR Mrs Emily 1913-38+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

http://pubshistory.com/Beehive.shtml

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/beehive.html

 

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

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1888

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

CensusCensus

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

 

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