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Page Updated Canterbury:- Tuesday, 08 February, 2022.


Earliest 1846

Black Lion

Closed 1967

12 Albert Place / 53 Sturry Road / (Northgate Street 1876)


Mrs Kennet and children 1930s

Above photo showing Mrs. Kennett, her son William and his
two sisters. Mrs. Kennett and her husband (who was the manager of Browning's Builders) took the tenancy of the pub in 1913. Sadly, Mrs. Kennett's husband died in 1918 but she continued to run things  until 1942.

Black Lion 1961

Above photo 1961, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing Dennis Salter's grocery store. Both closed about 1969.

Black Lion 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Albert Place map 1874

Above map 1874, kindly send by Rory Kehoe.

Northgate map 1905

Above map 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Black Lion 2020

Above photo, January 2020, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Black Lion 2020

Above photo, January 2020, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


This inn  was used mainly by local residents, soldiers and road users, and can be traced back to 1846 when it was mentioned in the licensing lists.

An entry in Fremlin's 1950s publication called "Where shall we go," indicated the following:- Parking accommodation - "Service Road" 3 Coaches next door. Ample Car Parking in Canterbury 3/4 mile. Remarks - Piano available. Sightseeing of City of Canterbury, Cathedral, etc/. 3/4 mile. Ample fresh water angling in vicinity. Cafe, Garage. Fish restaurant adjoins.

The Brewery Secretary took the licence in 1969 when the pub closed and transferred it to the "Old Coffee House" in Burgate the same year.


Kentish Gazette, 14 March 1876.



Thursday. Before H. G. Austin Esq., (chairman); C. Collard, W. Brock, and J. Hemery, Esqrs.

Frederick Walsh, a miller, was summoned for assaulting another miller named George Dixon, on the 5th March.

On the previous Sunday evening the complainant, who is employed at Mr. Kingsford's Mill, was in the "Black Lion" public house, Northgate Street, when the defendant came in. A few angry words passed between them, and the defendant struck Dixon in the eye.

Defendant admitted the charge, and added that since he had left Mr. Kingsford's mill, and been at work for Mrs. Johnson the complainant had annoyed him; and on the night in question he aggravated him.

Fined 5s. and 16s. costs.

A miller named George Bean was summoned for assaulting Frederick Welsh, the defendant in the last case, on Sunday, the 5th inst. This case arose out of the last. When the complainant struck Dixon, the defendant took up a poker, and the complainant alleged that he intended to strike him with the poker, but it was taken away from Bean by his mother. Defendant said that Welsh threatened to strike him and he obtained the poker to protect himself.

Fined 1s, and 13s. costs.




MARSH Richard 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

BEAN Stephen 1858-62+ (age 48 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

BEAN John 1871-82+ (age 63 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

EVEREST Thomas 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

FILMER James 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BUNCE William C 1913 Post Office Directory 1913

KENNETT Mr 1913+

KENNETT Mrs Ada 1922-42 Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1938

LEE Edmund Thomas to 1967 Next pub licensee had


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

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 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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