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Earliest 1868

(Name from)

Clarendon Inn

Latest 1913+

83 Northgate Street


83 Northgate Street 2009

Above image from Google, July 2009, shows the premises listed as being at 83 Northgate Street.

Former Clarendon

Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.


Only information I have on this pub at present is the licensee list as shown below. Although number 83 Northgate Street is also listed as the "Spread Eagle" from between 1846 and 1868. It has also been pointed out to me that the Clarendon coat of arms contains eagles.

Further information shows there was a fire there in 1911.

I am also informed that after it closed as a public house it operated as a printing works for some time, but as yet don't know the date of this.


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


Before the Mayor (H. B. Wilson, Esq.), and J. G. Drury, Esq.

A young woman named Hart applied to have the licence of the "Clarendon Inn" transferred to her. Supt. McBean said that applicant was not married; she had stated that she was going to be. The Bench granted the application, it being stated that the marriage would take place in October.


From Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 30 December 1911.




At 2.40 on Wednesday morning last, the Canterbury Fire Brigades were called to a conflagration in Northgate Street. The Police Fire Section, under Chief Constable Dunk, the County Brigade, under Chief Officer Truscott, and the Kent, under Captain Ashenden, were soon at the scene of the outbreak - the "Clarendon" public-house, the owners of which are Messrs. Tomson and Wotton, brewers of Ramsgate.

The tenant of the house, Mr. Charles Albert Sneyd, with his wife, closed the premises shortly after eleven on Tuesday night and went to a friend's house in Broad Street, and knew nothing of the fire until the alarm was given.

When the firemen arrived access to the upper part of the premises from the bar was impossible and entrance had to be gained by the bedroom window. The flames were so fierce and spread so rapidly that had any person been sleeping on the second floor their escape by the stairs would have practically been impossible, as this means of communication was burnt out. Fortunately, no one was in the house at the time. Some of the furniture was removed from the downstairs rooms, which were practically undamaged, but the furniture upstairs had become a charred mass, clearly showing that the outbreak had taken place in that portion of the house.

The house was only renovated a few months ago, and was in an excellent state of repair.

After about half an hour's work, the fire was got under by the brigades, but the upper portion of the house was practically gutted, while the lower part was considerably damaged by water.

The contents of the house were insured in the Sun Office, of which Mr. Frank Amos, The Parade, is the local agent.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 10 February 1912.


The "Clarendon;" owners, Messrs. Tomson and Wotton; licensee, Mr. Charles A. Sneyd.

Mr. Lloyd represented the brewers, and Mr. Mead Briggs the tenant.

The Chief Constable stated that this was a fully licensed house. The rent was 16 odd a year and the rateable value 17 10s. The landlord estimated the trade at 2 barrels of beer, 9 gallons of ale, 4 gallons of porter, and 15 one gallon crates of ale and stout, and about 2 quarts of spirits. There were four other licensed houses within a radius of 62 yards, and all of these did more trade than the "Clarendon." In his opinion the license was not required on the ground of bad trade and redundancy.

Mr. Lloyd intimated that the brewers did not intend to offer any objection.

The house was referred to the Compensation Authority.


Extract From Dover Express 04 July 1913.


In consequence of there being no application for the appointment of Boys' industrial trainer it was recommended that Mr. C. A. Snyed, of Eastry, who is at present performing the duties, be offered the position at 28s per week.



(Name from "Spread Eagle" in 1868)

BOURNE George 1868-74+ (age 35 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874

ELLIOTT James to Nov/1879 South Eastern Gazette

LUCAS George Nov/1879+ South Eastern Gazette

LUCAS Hester A (widow) 1881+ Census

DUNNIGAN John 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

HART Miss July/1884+

MAKEY Richard 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

TILLERSON James 1901-03+ (age 40 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

SNEYD Charles A 1912+

KEMP Walter John 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913


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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868


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