Sort file:- Canterbury, September, 2020.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 September, 2020.


Earliest 1862

(Name from)

Don Jon House

Closed 1907

Castle Row (Worthgate Street 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868)


Don Jon House

Above picture showing the Don Jon House from Google March 2009.

Castle Hotel 1920s

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

Dohn Jon House sign

Above showing the sign of the house.


I don't know much more about this house apart from it was serving from between 1874 and I am informed it closed in 1907.

The pub sign appears to be three hands. (Or are they feet?)

The building itself is a Grade 2 listed building having been listed on 14th September 1976 and is described as follows:- "2 parallel range. Front range dated 1774, rear range of earlier origin. 2 storeys colour-washed. Slate roof with crenulated Parapet. Stringcourse. 2 sashes with 'Gothick' heads. Door-case set in right side passage extension with curved gable over. Rectangular fanlight with 'Gothick' glazing. 4 panelled. door. This building was a Public House called the "Bell" in the C18."

I am told the pub faced the Dane John Gates.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 1 January 1870.


Charles Kemsey and Sarah his wife, were charged with stealing a monkey jacket, value 1, the property of Mr. Wilkinson, clothier, Parade.

Inspector Else produced a jacket, which was identified by the prosecutor, who missed if from his shop. The inspector proceeded to state that having received information inducing him to suspect the defendants, he made enquiries as to their whereabouts and found them at the "Don John" public-house. They consented to accompany him to there lodgings in Fortune's Passage and on searching the room he found the coat concealed under the bed clothes. In defence, the male defendant stated that he knew nothing about the theft. The woman took the coat home and put it on him. The female defendant admitted taking the coat from the shop. When she got home the man tried it on and said he had had his eye upon it some time.

It appeared that there was a doubt whether the parties were actually married.

The man was discharged and the woman was committed for trial.



USHER John 1862+

USHER Mrs 1865+

FLEURY J 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

RANDALL James William 1874+

BISSELL William 1881-82+ (age 50 in 1881Census)


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868



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