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Sort file:- Canterbury, January, 2019.

Page Updated Canterbury:- Friday, 11 January, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest May 1970

(Name from)

Bishop's Finger

Open 2019+

13 St. Dunstan's Street

Canterbury

01227 768915

https://www.bishopsfingercanterbury.co.uk/

https://www.whatpub.com/bishops-finger

Bishops Finger 2007

Photos taken on 16 August, 2007 from http://www.flickr.com by John Law.

Bishops Finger Bishops Finger signBishop's Finger sign 1992

Above photos and sign left taken by Paul Skelton, 19 May 2012.

Bishop's Finger sign right October 1992.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com

Bishop's Finger sign 2018

Above sign 2018.

Bishop's Finger 2018

Above photo, 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

 

Originally titles the "George and Dragon" Faversham Brewers renovated the building for a sum between 10,000-15,000 in 1969 and changed the name to the "Bishops Finger" to celebrate their strong ale. The building itself can be traced back to 1692 and was converted from two cottages.

 

From http://www.ghostpubs.com accessed 17 June 2015.

HAUNTED.

In the 19th century, many wooden country signposts were carved with a pointed finger of direction. This became derisory vernacular for bishops who can point heavenwards. However, they do not follow their own advice. It subsequently became used as a pub name, especially in cathedral cities. One woman, Ellen Blean, housekeeper to one canon at Canterbury, discovered he was having an affair with a younger woman. She poisoned them both with a meat pie and then disappeared. Her body was shortly afterwards discovered, walled up at a house near this pub called Dark Entry, where she had been buried alive. Every Friday night her ghost wanders this street and then manifests in one of the front bars of this inn. She has been portrayed as a plain faced, fat woman in a long, wide skirt and a mobcap.

 

LICENSEE LIST

McCORD Mr S 2012+

 

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