Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 31 July, 2021.


Earliest 1832-

Coach and Horses

Latest 1980s

(Name to)

56 St. George's Lane


Coach and Horses 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Coach and Horses 1935

Above photo, circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Coach and Horses circa 1900

Above showing the original "Coach and Horses" circa 1900 taken from Historic Canterbury web site

Coach and Horses 1920

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo, circa 1925, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Location of Coach and Horses 2014

Above Google image, June 2014.

Coach and Horses location 2017

Above photo showing the location in 2017, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


The original building was on the corner of St George's Street and St. George's Lane as 56 St. Georges Street and was listed as early as 1878. Unfortunately that building was destroyed during the blitz of 1942.


Coach and Horses 1965

Above photo showing the "Coach and Horses" in 1965, taken by Edward Wilmot.

Coach and Horses 1969

Above photo 1969. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The pub is on the extreme right of the photo.

Coach and Horses sign 1967

Above sign 1967.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Coach and Horses 1980

Above photo circa 1980, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Coach and Horses 1988

Above photo 1988, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


Having been rebuilt in December 1963, it was a tied house of Shepherd Neame in the late 1980s. By the early 1990s it was sold by Shepherd Neame and changed name to "Fools and Horses." This remained as such until about 1996 when it again changed name, this time to "Dundees," but early in 1998 it again changed name, this time to an establishment titled "Fitz the Music Place." That lasted merely a few months to mid 1998 and again changed name with it's original theme to simply the "Coach House," where it remained under that name for almost a year till April 1999. After that date and until its demolition in the autumn of 2000 it was actually used as its name should of suggested, as a temporary Stagecoach East Kent bus travel and booking office. Today, it is part of the Whitefriar's Shopping Centre.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 15 September 1866.

At the City Petty Sessions on Thursday, it being the annual licensing day, the following applications for new licenses were refused:-

J. Larkin, the "Coach and Horses," St George's.

There are now 168 licensed houses in Canterbury besides beer shops and refreshment houses."


From the Whitstable Times, 12 July, 1902.


Henry Tomlin, landlord of the “Coach and Horses” public house in St George’s Street, was summonsed for selling intoxicating liquors during prohibited hours.

Mr. A. K. Mowll appeared for defendant and pleaded guilty.

Superintendent Farmery said on Sunday, at 8.50 a.m., P.C. Holness saw a man go into defendant’s house by the side door, and when he came out he saw that he looked bulky, and stopped him and found a bottle of spirits on him. The constable went to the “Coach and Horses” and saw defendant, who denied having served the man.

Mr. Mowll addressed the Bench in mitigation. He admitted the facts, and said his client did a very foolish thing in denying that he had served the man, but no liquor was consumed on the premises. Defendant had been landlord of the “Coach and Horses” for 12 years, and there had never been the slightest complaint against him.
Superintendent Farmery, in reply to the Bench, said defendant had conducted the house very well.

The Magistrates inflicted a fine of 2 and 12s. coats. It was stated that the licence would not be endorsed.



PAGE Mary 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PILCHER Thomas 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

JENNINGS William (Master printer) 1860s Historic Canterbury web site

LARKIN J 1866 (refused) Canterbury Journal

SHAXBY J 1867+

LARKIN John 1871+ (also Fly Proprietor age 38 in 1871Census)

HULSE Edward 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

HULSE Mrs 1878+ Post Office Directory 1878Edward Wilmot Canterbury

JELL Edward 1881-82+ (age 40 in 1881Census) Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1882

MOSCROP William Henry 1889-91+ Post Office Directory 1891Historic Canterbury web site

TOMLIN Henry 1893-1903+ Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

HARTLAND William Henry Walton 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

LARAMAN H J 1917+ Historic Canterbury web site

MILLS James Edward 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

BUSHELL Frederick William 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

MELBOURNE Roy Dec/1963+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878


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 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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