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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1798-

City of London

Latest 1903+

75 Stour Street / Hawks Lane


City of London 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing what is believed to be the pub to the right of the weather boarded building on the left.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury O S Map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

City of London location 2017

Above photo, September 2017, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

City of London map 1874

Location on map 1874, identified by Rory Kehoe.


Described as the corner of Hawks Lane and Stour Street.


Kentish Gazette - Friday 07 September 1798.


The House, known by the name or sign of the "City of London" opposite the Workhouse in this city.

The draught of beer and porter is very considerable, and not advertised for the want of persons disposed to treat for it, but merely to obtain a fair rent, according to the trade.

For particulars apply to Mr. Starr, Attorney at Law, in St. Alphage Lane. This will not be advertised any more.

Canterbury, Sept. 1798.


From the Canterbury Poor Law Union General Court Minutes, 25 February 1820.

‘Messrs Worthy & Moss to survey & ascertain the Dilapidations of the "City of London" public House. That Messieurs Worthy and Moss Surveyors Survey and ascertain the Dilapidations of the Messuage or Tenement Called or known by the Sign of the "City of London" and premises in the parish of Saint Margaret in the said City late in the Tenure or occupation of Southee Wear as undertenant to Thomas Flint late of the same City but now of Thannington Esquire, the late Lessee of the same premises, which Lease expired on the sixth day of July last past.'


Dover Express 29 August 1863.


At the Canterbury Police County, the other day, Henry Easton, landlord of "City of London," Canterbury, was fined 7s. 6d. and costs for having his house open for the sale of liquor after 11 o'clock on the previous Sunday night.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 27 July 1867. Price 1d.


At the Canterbury Police Court, on Thursday, the Magistrates, (the Mayor, W. Plummer, Esq., and J. Hemery, Esq.,) transferred the license of the “City of London" public-house from Mr. Milles to Mary Ann Godfrey.


From the Whitstable Times, 14 June, 1902.


An inquest was held by the City Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson), at the Guildhall on Monday afternoon, touching the death of Terry Miles, a labourer, lodging at, the “City of London,” Stour Street, Canterbury.

Mr. O. Hollamby was elected foreman of the Jury.

Joseph Nicholls Pilcher stated that deceased was his wife’s brother, and was a labourer, and lodged at the “City of London,” Stour Street. He was about 51 years old. Witness saw him last Thursday at 6.30 p.m., when he seemed cheerful and healthy. He saw deceased on Tuesday last when he seemed comfortable and happy. Witness never thought he would do such a thing as take his life. He was a sober men to the best of witness’s knowledge.

William Gales, labourer, and a lodger at the “City of London,” stated that he had known deceased for about four years. On Monday morning at 5.30 he went down to the w.c. at the back of the house, and there found deceased suspended by a rope. Witness cut the body down. He last saw deceased the night before, when he seemed in his usual health.

Stephan Blundell, landlord of the “City of London” public house, stated he had known deceased four or five years. He was always a quiet and reserved man. Deceased came home on Tuesday and witness said “No work to-day?” Deceased said “No.” He was going to have a holiday on his own, as everyone had the previous day, owing to peace. Deceased then went out. Witness saw him on Sunday, when he was cheerful and about the same as usual. He did not complain of anything. Between 5.30 and 6 o'clock that morning the last witness called him. Witness went down at once and assisted to cut the body down, and while the police were being sent for he used artificial respiration.

P.C. Reynolds stated that at about ten minutes to six o’clock that morning he was called to the “City of London” public house. On arriving there he found deceased lying on his beck with his mouth open. The landlord sent for Mr. Prentice.

Mr. Prentice, surgeon, stated that at about 5.46 that morning he was called to the public house, where he saw deceased lying on his beck dead. He saw the marks of a rope on his neck. Witness considered death due to strangulation.

The jury returned a verdict of “Suicide whilst of unsound mind.”


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 14 February 1903.



I have given notice of objection to the following houses:-

"City of London," Stour Street.— That this house is used as a common lodging house; that the premises are in an unsanitary and unsafe condition; that the premises are not properly adapted for police supervision, and that the licence is not required to meat the wants of the neighbourhood.


The Chief-Constable stated that he had visited the "City of London," Stour Street. The present tenant had held the license for about ten years. He objected to the license being renewed on the grounds that the house was used as a common lodging house. It was, he said, in a bad state of repair and the sanitary condition was only fair.

The City Surveyor. Mr. A. C. Tarleyy, gave evidence as to the condition if the house, which he said was unsafe.

Mr. Drury, who applied for the renewal of the licence, called Mr. Gerald Adams, surveyor, and Mr. F. P. Gentry, builder, both of whom said the house was in a safe condition.

The tenant was called to give evidence, and after hearing it the Chairman said the decision of the Bench would be announced at the close of the sitting.


The Magistrates retired for the purpose of considering the cases. On their return into Court the Chairman said the Magistrates had given a great deal of consideration to the cases having regard to the consequences of their decisions. In the case of the "City of London" the Justices had decided that it must stand over in order that plans could be submitted and approved for the alterations required by the police and the Surveyor. The plans would have to be submitted by the 21st inst., so that they might be considered before the adjourned Sessions to be held on the 25th, and an undertaking would have to be given that the plans would be carried out to the satisfaction of the police and the Surveyor.

The Sessions were then adjourned until February 25th.



WEAR Southee 1820+

LEPINE William 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (Wincheap Street)

BASSETT George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LADD Gibbon 1838-40+ Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

KILNER George 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

WEST Joseph 1858+ Melville's 1858

HOBDAY E 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

EASTON Henry 1863+ Dover Express

MILLES/MILES Mr to July/1867 Whitstable Times

GODFREY Mary Ann July/1867-68+ Whitstable TimesGreens Canterbury Directory 1868

ELDRIDGE William H (widow age 61 in 1871Census)

ELDRIDGE Miss Charlotte 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

NICHOLS Frederick 1881-82 (Beer retailer) (age 43 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

NEWMAN Thomas 1882+ Kelly's 1882


BEST Henry 1889+ Historic Canterbury web site

BLUNDELL Stephen 1902-03+ Historic Canterbury web site


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

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

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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