Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest Feb 2004

(Name from)


Open 2014+

14 St. Peter's Street Street


01227 464227

Cricketers Cricketers Flint Ales window Cricketers sign

Above photo taken by Paul Skelton, 19 May 2012.

Cricketers sign 2010Cricketers sign

Above sign left 2010. Right 19 May 2012 showing the wear in 2 years.

Cricketers inside 2011

Photo taken 24 January 2011 from Jelltex.

Cricketer's painting

Above painting by Jonathan Stewardson.


A one time Flint's Brewery, traced back to 1692 and mentioned in their licensing list, the site was then called the "Cherry Tree" but changed name to the "Kentish Cricketer" by 1838, although it was also referred to as just the "Cricketer" in reports of the time .


From the Kentish Chronicles, 22 October, 1859.


(Before the Mayor, Alderman Masters, T. S. Cooper, Esq., W. H. Trimnell, Esq., and Capt. Love),

John Jeffrey, who described himself as a journeyman shoemaker, of Bond-street, London, was charged with stealing a purse containing £1 15s., the property of John Foreman, labourer, of Wye.

Ann Foreman:— I am the wife of John Foreman. On Saturday afternoon, between four and five o clock, my husband and I went into the "Cricketers," in St. Peter’s-street, Canterbury. We had some clove brandy and some biscuits. I took my purse out of my pocket and gave the landlady 6d. to pay for it. I had then in my purse one sovereign and about 15s., in silver. I put my purse back into my pocket. The landlady asked if we would walk in and sit down. My husband and the children passed into the bar parlour. The prisoner, with two women and another man, were, standing up at the bar. Their were four together. They pushed against me, to prevent me following my husband. I asked them three limes before they would allow me to pass. We then went into the bar parlour, and sat down. The landlady then spoke to me, and asked if I had lost anything. I put my hand into my pocket, and found that my purse was gone. The prisoner and the others with him were then gone out. We followed them directly. My husband overtook the prisoner, and stopped him, but the woman and the other man had gone another way, and could not be found. I told the prisoner I believed he was one of the party that had taken my purse. He said he was not, and he knew nothing of the party. The prisoner was taken into custody. It was not more than a few moments from the time I took out my purse, till I missed my money. This was corroborated by Mrs. Fill, the landlady of the "Cricketers,” in St. Peter’s-street, who further stated, that on Monday and Tuesday last the same party came to her house to look for lodgings. She was sure the prisoner was one of the party, and directed them to the "King's Arms." On another day Mrs. Fill noticed the same four persons near her house, passing money from one to another.

The prisoner said he was innocent of the offence. He admitted being with the women in the house, but said he never was with them before. They accosted him in the street, and he knew nothing of them.

Committed for trial at the quarter sessions.

From the Kentish Chronicle, 26 April, 1862.


George Bailey, a blacksmith's labourer, was charged with assaulting Mr. Fill. landlord of the Cricketer’s public house, on Saturday evening.

Mr. Fill deposed that the prisoner went to his house the worse for liquor and created a disturbance. Mr. Fill put him out, and while doing so the defendant struck him a violent blow on the mouth.

P.O. Groombridge deposed to observing a disturbance in the street near the “Cricketers,” and on going there he saw the landlord bleeding from a blow on the mouth, which he said had been given him by the prisoner, whom he gave into custody. On the way to the station the prisoner was very violent and struck him several times.

The bench fined the prisoner 5s. for the assault on the landlord, and 10s. for that on the policeman; or, in default of payment, to be imprisoned 10 days for the first offence, and 14 days for the second.


From the Whitstable Times, 22 October, 1870.


John Fill, landlord of the “Cricketers,” St, Peter's, was summoned for selling beer at a prohibited hour on Sunday last.

P.C. Marsh proved the case, and stated that he saw a man coming out of the house at half-past eleven on Sunday last with a basket which he found contained a bottle of beer and another bottle containing porter.

Defendant stated that he served the liquor because the man who went for it came from a house close by when there were some visitors from Margate.

The Bench, though convinced the beer and porter were for travellers, held that to entitle defendant to protection on that score, it would be necessary for the travellers to apply personally for the refreshment.

Fined, 1s.; costs, 10s. 6d.


From the Whitstable Times, 26 November, 1870.


Samuel Terrett was summoned for assaulting Timothy Sullivan, on the 14th inst. The complainant said he was sitting in a room at the “Cricketers’” public-house, St. Peter's, on the day in question, and the defendant seized him and knocked him down, and kicked him in the face. He gave the defendant no provocation. The defendant called a witness, who deposed that the complainant made a noise in the house, and his son collared him (witness) by the neck, nearly strangling him, and the complainant kicked him whilst he was on the ground. The defendant then turned the complainant out. The son of the landlord of the house was called, and spoke to the complainant assaulting the defendant, and to Terrett turning the complainant and his son out of the house. The Bench dismissed the case, owing to the conflicting evidence.



The pub was known as the "Kentish Cricketer" in 1972 when it passed from Whitbread to Shepherd Neame, and some time after that date the Kentish word was dropped and it again reverted to the "Cricketers" we see today.

The building was granted a Grade II listing on 7th September 1973.



FILL John 1851-71+ (age 33 in 1851Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

FILL John (son) 1881+ (age 28 in 1881Census)

BOURNE George 1881+ (age 41 in 1881Census)

FILL Elizabeth Mrs 1891+

FILL John 1903+

SOLLY Edward 1913-38+


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868



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