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Earliest 1808-

City Arms

Latest 1884+

66 (60) Northgate Street


Former City Arms 2013

Above photo showing the former "City Arms." Kindly sent by Len Parrick, 22 April 2013.


Also known as the "Lion and Lamb" and also the "Portobello."


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 2 February 1808.

To be sold by auction, by Mr Charles Lepine.

At the "City Arms," without Northgate, Canterbury, on Friday the 5th day of February next, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The following freehold Estates, in two lots.

Lot one:- A messuage, with the appurtenance, in the borough of Staplegate, in the county of Kent, nearly opposite Palace Street, late in the occupation of Mr. Daniel Barnard, and of which possession may be immediately had.

Lot 2:- A messuage, with the appurtenances, in Canterbury Lane, in the City of Canterbury, and now in the occupation of the Widow Chaplin.

For particulars inquire of Mr. Thomas Hammond, Solicitor, Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette, 7 April 1820.


April 3, at Thannington church, Mr. John Minter, cord-wainer, to Mrs. Wilson, landlady of the "City Arms," Northgate, both of Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 May 1846.

Founding of Burial Societies.

At a quarterly meeting of the committee of the No. 2 Burial Society, held at the "Providence," Northgate-street, on the 7th of April, 1846, it was unanimously resolved that the society, in conjunction with other burial societies of the city of Canterbury, do present Mr. Hamraond Hills with some token of respect as the founder of burial societies in this city; and a deputation of the president and four of the committee was also formed to wait on, or to communicate the same to other committees, &c. When this had been done, and the notices laid before the different committees, it was found that a misapprehension prevailed on the subject, and on enquiry it was shown that Mr. S. Kirby was the founder of such societies in Canterbury, as verified by date—the No. 1 Burial Society, St. Dunstan’s, held at the City of Canterbury, having been established by Mr. Kirby on the 5th of December, 1838, while the No. 1 Burial Society, held at the "City Arms," Northgate-street, was not established by Mr. H. Hills until the 7th of January. 1839; consequently the resolution of No. 2 Burial Society has been abandoned, although there is no doubt that Mr. Hills was very early in the field, and has been a most useful labourer in it. In connexion with this subject, we may mention that since the establishment of the No. 1, St. Dunstan's, Mr. Kirby has been the means of establishing six other burial societies in the city, and has paid to the legal claimants no less a sum than 2,885, from which 276 families have been assisted, and enabled to see their lamented relatives decently interred.


Kentish Gazette, 2 February 1847.

Royal Wellington Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 8.

The members of the above lodge, together with their friends, celebrated their anniversary in their spacious club-room, at the "City Arms," Northgate-street, Canterbury, on Tuesday last, by dining together, when nearly eighty persons sat down to a substantial repast of roast and boiled, served up in Brother Host Marsh’s usual good style on the cloth being removed Brother P. N. G. Kennett, as a senior member of the fraternity, was unanimously called to the chair, the fulfilment of which office he kindly undertook, supported by Br. Minter, the present N. G., on the right, and Br. P. N. G. Jones on the left. The usual loyal and appropriate toasts and sentiments were given during the evening, and received with applause, particularly those of the respective brothers in office, which were duly acknowledged. Many excellent songs were sung, and harmony and unanimity prevailed throughout.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 February, 1863.


On Saturday afternoon 62 men employed by the South-Eastern Railway Company in laying rails on the above line, sat down to a sumptuous repast at the “City Arms,” Northgate, Canterbury. The tables having been cleared the company converted itself into a sing-song party, under the very able chairmanship of Mr. W. Watts, superintendent of the plate-layers, and Mr. W. Piles, vice-chairman, when the usual loyal and other toasts were proposed and responded to in a true English style. The party dispersed about ten o’clock, having enjoyed the evening to their heart’s desire.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 28 May, 1864.


Last week in pursuance of a custom carried out once in eleven years, the vicar, church wardens, guardians, and overseers, together with the Blue-coat boys of the parish of Northgate, performed the duty of beating the bounds of their parish. The party set off at about twelve o'clock, and walked for the Reed-pond, and on their arrival there partook of luncheon, generously provided by Mr. Fox, of the “City Arms.” Considerable amusement was caused through the practice of “bumping” being rather freely indulged in amongst the youths of the party, and this was heightened in consequence of one of the Blue-coat lads (Tottman), whose election had given rise to a legal trial, being mounted on a donkey, at the caprice of a facetious overseer. After the termination of the inspection, the party retired to the “City Arms,” where a capital meal was provided by the enterprising landlord of that locality. About thirty were present, Mr. Churchwarden Crow in the chair; Mr. W. Crow, one of the guardians of the parish, being deputy.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 6 July 1867. Price 1d.


John Reeves was charged with being drunk and disorderly, in the pariah of Northgate, on the previous evening.

P.C. Banks stated that he was called in to the “City Arms” on Wednesday evening at about ten o'clock, where he saw prisoner abusing the landlord, who ordered him out of his house. Prisoner went out, and as he (witness) was passing the “Clarendon” public House, he heard him threatening to break all the panes of glass that were in the house. Prisoner then came out of the house, and, on seeing the constable, tried to escape; and, on being apprehended prisoner became very violent.

Fined 2s. 6d. and 5s. costs.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 14 December 1867. Price 1d.


George Smith was summoned for leaving his horse in Broad-street, on the 3rd inst.

Superintendent Davies deposed that he waited by the side of the cart nearly an hour and a half. He saw no one there during that time, but when he had been there some time, he saw defendant come out of the “City Arms.”

The evidence of Mr. Davies was corroborated by Inspector Else, and the magistrates fined defendant 1s., and 10s costs.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


William Forey, of the "City Arms Inn," Northgate, applied for an extension of time till twelve o'clock on Tuesday, when a concert was to be given.

Superintendent McBean opposed the application, which was refused.



MINTER (nee Wilson) Mrs 1820+

TUCKER Joshus 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

MARSH William 1828-47+ (age 47 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Stapletons GuideBagshaw's Directory 1847

FOX James 1861-68+ (age 40 in 1861Census) Kentish ChronicleGreens Canterbury Directory 1868

COLLINS George 1882+ Kelly's 1882

FOREY William 1884+ Canterbury Journal


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

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

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847


Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle

Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882


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