Sort file:- Canterbury, February, 2020.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 22 February, 2020.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1827

(New) Dolphin

Open 2019+

16 St. Radigund's Road


01227 455963

Dolphin 1910

Above photo, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing Mr. & Mrs Alfred Sutton outside the original building.

Dolphin darts outing 1949

Above photo showing the ladies darts club outing in 1949. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map 1874

Above location identified on the 1874 map by Rory Kehoe.

Dolphin 1965

Above photograph by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Dolphin drawing 1972

Above print from "City of Canterbury Streets and Buildings," drawing by John Berbiers. 9 July 1972.

Dolphin Dolphin Dolphin signDolphin sign 1992

Above photos and left taken by Paul Skelton, 19 May 2012.

Dolphin sign right 1992.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Dolphin inside 2010

Photo taken 20 October 2010 from by Jelltex.


Said to be probably the third with this name on the same site, but slight confusion due to there being another called the "Dolphin" situated in Burgate Street in 1689. However Stapleton's Guide of 1838 referred to this as the "New Dolphin."

1793 saw the property sold to the Mayor and Commonality of Canterbury, called "The Bath House and the Bath outhouses etc. in the occupation of John lade of Canterbury, Leather seller, deceased, the late owner and proprietor," and  the City Corporation owned the building till 1853, between which it was leased out to a number of people.

From the Maidstone Gazette and East Kent Courier, 4 September, 1827.

To be let by auction.

At the Guildhall of the City of Canterbury, on Tuesday, 11th day of September next, at 12 at noon, for the highest yearly rents the best bidders may be willing to give, (subject to such conditions as such be then and there produced) on leases for 21 years, to commence on the 10th day of October 1828.

Lot 5:- All that free public house, called or known by the name of the "Dolphin," (formerly the Bath House) together with an excellent piece of garden ground in front, containing, by measurement, 21 Perches, little more or less, and now in the occupation of Mr. James Large.

Lot 6:- All that messuage or tenement, adjoining the "Dolphin Inn," with the Workshops and Stables thereunto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr. Prentice, Worsted Manufacturer; together with a piece of garden ground, containing, said measurement, 14 Perches, little more or less.


Earliest mention of this premises as a public house was in 1827 with as licensee, and then George Pepperday in 1832 and Henry Bird in 1842 who purchased the property at auction in 1853 for £405. In 1853, John Washington Davey bought the Dolphin Inn in Canterbury (formerly St Radigund’s Bath) for £405 along with the land known as 'St Radigund's Garden. Some time after this, the Dolphin was moved to its present location, at 17 St Radigund's Street, on what had once been the formal garden. The bathhouse building was converted to residential use - 1 & 2 Cold Bath Cottages, which are not found in local directories after 1937. In 1960's slum clearances and many other older properties in the area were also pulled down, and the St Radigund's Car Park was built over a large portion of the Baths site.

In 1838 it was mentioned in a local directory as being called the "New Dolphin" indicating that there may have been an older or original one on the same site or perhaps nearby. However, further research states that it changed name to the "Dolphin" in 1827. A list in 1878 omits either a "Dolphin" or "New Dolphin."

George Beer bought the premises in 1865 with 2 cottages at the rear and the entire was demolished for rebuilding shortly after.

The "Dolphin" appears again in an 1888 directory, with Mr. H. Pocock as in-keeper and corn-dealer.

The pub seems to have disappeared again in 1902/3 when the address was given as Alfred Sutton, Laming and Sons, builders and undertakers.

Whitbread files state the building was rebuilt again in 1927 just after George Beer and Co amalgamated with Rigdens Brewery, and replaced the older property. The building today is situated on the site of the garden of the previous building which stood back a little from what was called Lock Lane in 1827.


From Kentish Gazette 27 March 1838.


Respectfully announces to his Friends, the Citizens, and Residents of the Neighbourhood, that his Opening Dinner will take place on Tuesday, the Tenth of April next, when the company of themselves and friends will be esteemed a favor.

Tickets, including waiters and dessert, 5s., to be had at the Bar.

Dinner on Table at Four o'clock.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 11 December 1841.

Insolvent Debtor.

To be heard at the City of Canterbury in the county of the same City, on the seventh day of March, 1842, at the hour of 10 in the forenoon precisely.

Thomas Admans formerly of the "Crown and Anchor" public house, King Street, Canterbury, Kent, licensed victualler; next of the "Dolphin" Public House, St. Radigund's Street, Canterbury, aforesaid licensed victualler, before said of King Street; and late of North Lane, Canterbury, aforesaid, out of business and employment.

James Nichols.

No. 8, Cook's Court, Lincoln's Inn London.

For the Society for Relief of Debtors.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.


Notwithstanding the existence of 160 licensed houses for the sale of spirits in Canterbury, at the city annual licensing day, on Thursday, there were seven applications made for new licenses, three only were sanctioned, viz., to the “Tally Ho,” Notley street; “Dolphin,” St, Radigund’s street; and the “Bricklayers’ Arms,” Sturry-road. The old licenses were all renewed, those parties who during the year had been summoned for misconducting their houses being cautioned by the magistrates.


 Sussex Agricultural Express - Lewes, East Sussex, England 24 February 1891.


Sentence of five years penal servitude was passed on William Benson, 62, publican, and Frederick Benson, 28, labourer, for setting fire to their house, the "Dolphin Inn," with intent to defraud, at Canterbury on the 23rd January.


The official record stated:- William Benson, 29th January, 1891, Publican, Feloniously setting fire to a house in his possession, with intent to defraud at canterbury, on the 23rd of January, 1891.


Dover Express 16th July 1948.


Two Snowdown Colliery miners, James T. Parkinson (28), of 6 Old Park, Aylesham, and John C. Morris (38) of Zealand Road, Canterbury, at Canterbury Quarter Sessions on Saturday, pleaded guilty to being concerned together in breaking and entering the booking office at Canterbury East Station about 16th April and stealing a trunk containing clothing and an ATS girl’s kitbag and suitcase, also containing clothing etc., and 3s 10d from a platform ticket machine; and breaking and entering Cadbury’s depot at Canterbury East on May 15th and stealing chocolates and cocoa to the value of 10s 7d.

Both also admitted being concerned in breaking into the “White Hart”, Canterbury and stealing £4 5s from the till and breaking and entering 3 Worthgate Place, Canterbury, and stealing about £4 5s belonging to Arthur Shrubsole. Parkinson further admitted breaking into the “Dolphin”, Canterbury, and stealing money and breaking into "Aylesham Working Mens’ Club" and stealing bottles of spirits and cash to the total value of £39 14s 5d.

Mr. J. S. Daniel, prosecuting, said that it was due to the vigilance of PC Hutchings that a wages slip was found beneath the open window at Cadbury’s and all these cases were unearthed. The paper led to Morris and on to Parkinson and, in each of their homes, some of the stolen property was found. Morris admitted that he had “done the job” after he had had some beer.

The Recorder (Mr. Eric Neve KC) said it was a very commendable piece of work on the part of the constable.

DC Packman said Parkinson was before a juvenile court on four occasions for larceny and shopbreaking and had been sent to an approved school. He served in the Forces and in the Palestine Police and was discharged with a very good character. He had earned up to £11 weekly at the colliery and was married with three children. Morris had no previous convictions and had been at Snowdown since 1943, was an excellent worker and earned about £10 weekly. He had seven children.

The Probation Officer reported that Parkinson was a good worker and had been in no trouble since 1936. He had stated that he was off work and was short of funds. He did not seem to realise his serious position. Morris had looked after his children well, but was of the type easily swayed after a few drinks. He had had a really bad fright over that case.

The Recorder asked Parkinson if he could give any reason why he should not go to prison for twelve months, and the prisoner replied that, if he went to prison, his wife and children would be the obvious sufferers.

Morris attributed the offences to stoppages and strikes which did not enable him to provide for his wife and family.

He was told to watch his step. The Court would take the lenient course of binding him over for three years.

The Recorder told Parkinson that they were going to make him care. He should have been sent to prison for a long time, but he would be remanded on bail until October, when the course then taken would depend on the reports on him that the Court received.


From the By Marijke Hall, 9 August 2019.

Popular Canterbury pub The Dolphin is up for sale.

One of the city's most loved independent pubs is up for sale - but the landlord insists its customers have nothing to worry about.

Peter Mickleburgh, who runs The Dolphin, has confirmed he is selling the popular boozer in St Radigund's Street after 15 years behind the pumps.

But he says it will remain a pub and expects little will change.

Dolphin 2019

"You wouldn't get change of use on this so it will stay as it is," he said.

"It will be sold as a going concern and I would very much hope it will go to somebody who will keep things exactly the same."

He says he is likely to be there until at least Christmas, so customers can still make table bookings.

The Dolphin, which has a big enclosed beer garden - one of the largest in the city - is decorated with 1950-1970 memorabilia, with not a single television screen in sight.

'Things will stay the same and hopefully once it is sold people won't notice any difference' - Peter Mickleburgh

It is highly regarded and named among the top pubs in Canterbury on TripAdvisor and was previously CAMRA's pub of the year, all while under the helm of Mr Mickleburgh.

Speaking about the pub's popularity earlier this year, he put it down to being independent.

He added: "People can come in and don’t have to compete with the noise of the football or loud music.

"We’ve also got about 25 to 30 different gins, and we serve good food.”

Peter Mickleburgh 2019

Peter Mickleburgh, landlord of The Dolphin, pictured in 2004 when he took over the pumps at the popular boozer.

He would not go into detail about his plans for the future, but says he'll be in the pub for the coming months.

"I don't want people to think that we will be closed," he said.

"Things will stay the same and hopefully once it is sold people won't notice any difference."

The pub's leasehold is for sale for £195,000 plus stock at valuation.

The sale includes the first floor private living accommodation.

"We've been on the market for two months," he added.

"We haven't got a buyer yet."



LARGE James 1827-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PEPPERDAY George 1832+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

FRAMPTON David 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (Mill Lane)

Last pub licensee had ADMANS Thomas 1838 Stapletons Guide

FOREMAN George B Mar/1838+

WALL George 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

COLLYER Jesse 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

BIRD Henry 1842-53+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

GILLIS Henry 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

STEVENS John 1861+ (widower age 49 in 1861Census)

OGLE J 1867-68+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

OGLE Dinah Mrs 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

RUCK Henry Thomas 1881+ (also hay binder age 42 in 1881Census)

POCOCK Mr H 1882-91+ Post Office Directory 1882Edward Wilmot CanterburyPost Office Directory 1891

BENSON William to Jan/1891

SUTTON Alfred George 1903-22+ Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

LEPPER Thomas 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

MICKLEBURGH Peter 2004-19


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

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

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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

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

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office 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

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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