Sort file:- Canterbury, April, 2019.

Page Updated Canterbury:- Friday, 05 April, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1692

Blue Anchor

Latest 1971

25 North Lane (Westgate without 1861Census)


Blue Anchor 1909

Above photo 1909. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Blue Anchor 1937

Above photo, circa 1937. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Blue Anchor 1950

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Blue Anchor 1960

Above photo circa 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Blue Anchor 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Blue Anchor 1966

Above photo 1966, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Blue Anchor 2009 Former Blue Anchor 2009

Above photos showing the former "Blue Anchor." Picture taken from Google March 2009.


Listed in the licensing lists of 1692 and the following year in the Billeting list for soldiers, it could take in 4.

The pub was purchased by Rigden's brewery in 1840 for  379 from Stephen Philpott.


Kentish Gazette 01 August 1772.


A Freehold Public House, called the "Blue Anchor," with six Tenements adjoining, situate in North Lane in the Parish of Westgate, without the Walls of the City of Canterbury, and in the Tenure or Occupation of Mr. Benjamin Smith, and others.


From the Kentish Gazette, 25 May 1819.

The four men of the Gypsey tribe whose commitment to Westgate Gaol we mentioned on Friday, underwent an examination before the County Magistrates on Saturday when two of them, viz. William CLARK and James HARDEN, were committed to St Augustines Gaol charged with stealing a silver watch the property of Isaac PEGDEN of Chilham. The other two were yesterday examined before the Mayor of this City upon a charge of having counterfeit coin in their possession, when one of them John KILLICK was committed for trial at the next General Sessions for this City, charged with having base and counterfeit coin in his possession resembling shillings and with having uttered the same knowing it to be base and counterfeit to Thomas GEORGE landlord of the Blue Anchor public house in this City.

There was no evidence against the fourth prisoner who was consequently liberated.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 22 February, 1845. Price 5d.


March 10, at Canterbury, Mr. George Gorely, landlord of the “Blue Anchor” house, aged 51 years.


Kentish Gazette 06 December 1853.


Dec. 4, at Canterbury, Sarah, the wife of Mr. Saunders, of the "Blue Anchor," North-lane, aged 50.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 5 January, 1867. Price 1d.


(Before W. Plummer, Esq., and H. G. Austin, Esq.)

Assault.:- Phoebe Barton, wife of Mr. Barton, licensed victualler, of the parish of St. Paul, was charged with having assaulted her husband on Saturday night, and with having thrown a pewter measure at his head. Complainant appeared, and having given evidence of the above facts, Mr. Plummer said that in consequence of only one Magistrate being present, the case would be adjourned till Thursday next.


Closed in 1971 and is now (2012) operating as "The Ancient Raj" Indian restaurant and includes the premises next door at 26 and an Historic Building of Kent.



SKILLET Goody 1690-1706+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

SMITH Benjamin 1762+

GAZE Henry 1797+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

BLOGG Charles 1802+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

GEORGE Thomas 1819+

BARBER James 1824-32+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

Last pub licensee had GORLEY George 1838-45 dec'd Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Dover Telegraph

SAUNDERS Francis 1847-62+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862 (age 58 in 1861Census)

CASTLE H 1867+

BARTON Joseph 1874-82+ (also tailor age 66 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

BARTON John (son) 1891-1903+ Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903

SOAMES 1913-30+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

ADAMS Harold W G 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

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

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

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph


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