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Earliest 1836-

Black Horse Inn

Open 2019+

11-12 Orchard Street

St Dunstans


01227 455411

Above photo of a pub showing the Black Horse, unknown date, photo kindly sent by Peter Moynahan.

Black Horse 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot in 1965. Edward Wilmot Canterbury

Black Horse 2009

Above picture taken from Google March 2009.

Black Horse 2015

Above photo 2015.

Black Horse sign 1991

Black Horse sign July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Earliest mention is is 1837 and purchased by Rigden's Brewery in 1854 for 300.

The premises was extended to number 11 in the 1930s and the frontage altered.

An entry in Fremlin's 1950s publication called "Where shall we go," indicated the following:- Phone number - Canterbury 2326. Parking accommodation - 1 minute from house. Remarks - Piano available. Easy access to main shopping centre, etc.

Information received from Michael Mirams informs me that the pub closed in November 2014 and was boarded up.

Latest news 3 January 2016. The pub re-opened in early 2015 after a complete refurbishment. It is no longer a pub but an inn, with 9 guest rooms. In late 2015 a licence was granted for a bar offering refreshments to guests, so unfortunately is not open to the public, unless by invitation.


Kentish Gazette, 5 October 1847.


Bassett:— Oct. 1, in Orchard-street, St. Dunstan's, Mrs. Matiida Bassett, landlady of the "Black Horse" public house, aged 62.


Dover Chronicles 9 October 1847.


Oct. 1, at Canterbury, Mrs. Matilda Bassett, landlady of the "Black Horse" public house, age 62 years.


Kentish Gazette, 3 June 1851.


Holtum - Bassett:- May 26, at Canterbury, Mr. John Holtum, to Miss Ann Bassett, landlady of the "Black Horse," Orchard Place, both of Canterbury.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 20 October 1860.


On Monday morning an old man, named John Taylor, was killed by falling from a load of straw in the farm yard, Westgate Court, Saint Dunstan's. Several parties saw the deceased fall, and though the height from which he fell was not great, death was  almost instantaneous. The circumstance was quite accidental. An inquest was held the same evening, at the "Black Horse" public house, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., when a verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.


South Eastern Gazette, 23 October, 1860.

Fatal Fall from a Cart.

We briefly mentioned in our last that a labouring man named John Taylor, 72 years of age, employed at Westgate Court farm, St. Dunstan’s, on the London-road, had met with his death through a fall from a cart laden with straw, on Monday morning, the 15th inst. In the evening of the same day an inquest was held, concerning the death of the deceased, at the "Black Horse," Orchard-street, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner when the following evidence was adduced:—

James Hollands, a labourer in the employ of Mr. Hilton, at Westgate court, deposed:— This morning I assisted the deceased in unloading a cart laden with straw, at Westgate Court farm. The deceased at this time was on the top of the straw. The man who was with the horse asked the deceased if he could get down, to which he replied that he would as soon as he could get his leg out of the straw. He immediately fell off the straw to the ground, and I believe he fell on his head. The horse did not move, but I am of opinion that the straw slipped a little on one side, which caused the deceased to fall. There's no blame attributable to any one, but the accident is purely accidental.

Edward Elgar, who was the driver of the horse drawing the cart from which the deceased fell, corroborated the evidence of the last witness. In answer to one of the jurors, he added that the deceased was quite sober.

Ann Prime, living at the Westgate Court farm, wife of the bailiff to Mr. Hilton, deposed:— I went to the deceased as soon as he had fallen, and immediately sent for a doctor. I held the deceased’s head up, and he drew one breath, and raised his head three times. His teeth then became clenched, and I bathed his forehead with vinegar. He died very soon afterwards. He did not speak after the fall.

Mr. Charles Holttum, surgeon, deposed:— I was sent for this morning to attend the deceased. On examination of his body I found he was dead. There were no external marks of violence upon his body. I am of opinion that he had ruptured a vessel in the head, which caused instant death, and a fall would produce the same. A severe internal injury might be produced without external appearance.

Verdict, "Accidental death."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 May, 1863.


An action was brought by J. B. Woodward, a bill-poster, of Canterbury, against ____ Hopkins, a publican, for false imprisonment, and our readers will probably recollect that the defendant charged the complainant some short time with stealing some knives and forks, &c.

Mr. Towne, for the complainant, in his opening address, said that all was required was, that Mr. Hopkins should assert that he had at the present moment in imputation against the plaintiff. His Honour recommended that the parties should endeavour to settle the case, and Mr. Delasaux, after several ineffectual attempts, at least prevailed on his client (Hopkins) to accept a verdict against him of 20s. and costs.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 20 February, 1864.


We stated in our last, that about a fortnight ago a decently-clad female, apparently about 25 years of age, obtained lodgings in the house of Mrs. Putwain, at Whitstable. She described herself to be a lady’s maid in the service of Colonel Rawson, Malsdenne Park, Teynham, gave the name of Emily Lawson, and stated that she had come to Whitstable for change of air. On Sunday week, having remained in Mrs. Putwain’s house six days, during which time she “faired sumptuously” at the expense of her hostess, the lodger suddenly quitted her apartments, taking with her two shawls and a counterpane belonging to the landlady. During the woman’s residence with Mrs Putwain, she never once quitted the house, except on the occasion of taking her final departure, and seemed almost to be suffering from religious monomania, spending nearly the whole of her time in reading religious books which she had brought with her. At about one o'clock on the morning of Monday this “soi disant” lady’s maid was seen by a policeman trudging along the high road from Whitstable to Canterbury. In order to avoid meeting the officer she sought the shelter of a cottage porch, but she was seen, followed, and accosted. She told the policeman that she was the daughter of Mr. Randall, living at Whitstable; that she had been on a visit to her parents and was returning to her place of service at Colonel Rawson’s in Canterbury. The policeman advised the woman not to proceed on her journey at such an hour, and offered to endeavour to procure her shelter in one of the cottages near. To this proposition she assented, and a cottager, to whom the officer applied, took her in, under the belief that she was the daughter of Mrs Randall, as above stated. On the following day (Monday) she pursued her journey, and reached Canterbury, where she quickly pledged the stolen counterpane. At night of the same day she entered the “Black Horse Inn,” and representing that she had just arrived by train, and therefore could not proceed to the residence of her father at Blean, who was a farmer there, obtained food and lodgings for the night, and left the next morning. Her story at the “Black Horse” was that she was an adopted companion of Lady Dundas. After these doings she was of course “wanted” by the police, and Supt. Walker, to whom the information was given, at once took steps to have her apprehended, suspecting that she was no other than the notorious Eliza Termaine, whose acts of imposture under the garb of religion, committed in this part of the county, and which led to her being sentenced to penal servitude some few years ago, will be in the remembrance of many of our readers. On Saturday last she was apprehended at Houghton, near Faversham, by a police-counstable, and brought to Canterbury. On her were found a prayer book with the name of “Mary Walker” written on it, a Bible bearing the name of “Ellen Beach,” a church hymn-book, a book of songs, the card of an innholder at Egham, several copies of the “Child’s Magazine,” supplied to some one at Blackheath, and a large number of articles belonging to Mr. White, landlord of the “Black Horse Inn,” Canterbury. The prisoner is rather a stout woman, has dark hair, blue eyes, a particularly pale, flat face, and bears in indented scar on the forehead. She is dressed in a dark blue and black striped silk dress, a straw bonnet with brown ribbon and blue and red flowers, and carries a black muff and a fancy bag. When brought to Supt, Walker she refused to answer any question that officer put to her. On Monday the woman was taken before the county magistrates to answer the charge of stealing the counterpane and shawls from Mrs. Putwain, and committed for trial at the intermediate session. She is not the woman she was at first supposed to be, but she is wanted by the police in Surrey and other places. The robbery of Mr. White's property is a city case, and the charge will in all probability he preferred against the prisoner after taking her trial on the other charge. Superintendent Walker has traced a prayer book, and other articles found upon the prisoner, as belonging to Mrs. Walker, of Windsor. On writing to the Supt. at that town he found the prisoner was there about five weeks ago, and obtained lodgings in the house of at old lady named Walker, from whence she absconded stealing a pearl hoop ring, a prayer book, half a sovereign, a silk handkerchief, a pair of stockings, a blanket, black neck ribbon, a collar, &c. This charge will be preferred against her probably after serving the sentence passed upon her for the felony for which she now stands committed.



BASSETT James 1836-37+ Kentish GazetteEdward Wilmot Canterbury

BASSETT Ann (Spinster) 1846-51+ (age 36 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Edward Wilmot Canterbury

HARRISON John 1858-Mar/60+ Melville's 1858Kentish Gazette

TUFF Edward Mar/1860+ Kentish Gazette

HOPKINS Edward 1861-62+ (age 53 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

WHITE Henry 1868-74+ (age 74 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874

KENNETT Elizabeth 1881 (age 52 in 1881Census)

KENNETT George Scarlett 1881-82+ CensusPost Office Directory 1882

MASTERS Osbourne George 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

CAVENDER John 1901-13+ (age 51 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913

MAXTED Mrs E 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

RUSSELL Frederick 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

HORTON Edward J 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

Last pub licensee had TAPSELL Stanley A 1945+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

Last pub licensee had ALLEN William Richard 1960-64


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


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