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Earliest 1824-

Duke of Wellington

Latest 1862+

(Name to)

46 Broad Street


Former Duke of Wellington

Above picture taken from Google July 2009.

Broad Street map 1855

Above map 1855 identified by Rory Kehoe.


Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley was the first Duke of Wellington, also known as the Iron Duke and whose boot is named after him was born on the 1st of May 1769 and died on the 14th September 1852 at the age of 83. The pub is obviously named in his honour.

It can be traced from between 1828 to 1862 at present, but by 1874 he had obviously dropped out of favour for another Duke, this one the Duke of Cambridge of whom the pub name changed to his honour for some reason. This Duke of Cambridge probably being Prince George, and grandson of King George III, born 26th March 1819 and died 17th March 1904.


From a report to the Mayor and Magistrates in Guildhall on 17th April 1859.

"Sergeant Ells reports that he found the following number of Prostitutes at the following public houses and beer-shops yesterday morning:

"Wellington," Broad Street, 1.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 30 June, 1860.


(Before the Mayor and ten magistrates.)

Thomas Denne, landlord of the "Wellington" public-house, and John Taylor and John Clarke, two discharged militiamen, were charged on remand from Thursday, with stealing a gold watch, the property and from the person of Merrewether, late railway sub-contractor, of Chartham.

Before the re-examination this morning Mr. Delasaux stated that the watch had been found in the garden of the father of the prisoner Taylor.

The prosecutor's deposition was read over, and on the watch being produced by police-inspector Sprint, he identified it as his property.

Mr. J. N. Mourilyan appeared for the prisoner, and in answer to questions from him the prosecutor said he had been to several public-houses before he went to the "Wellington," and had something to drink at each, but was not drunk. He would swear the watch was taken out of his pocket by Denne. When he went to the police-station he stated that he had lost his watch at the "Butchers’ Arms," but that was a mistake. He did not at that time know the name of the "Wellington" public-house, being a stranger in Canterbury.

Inspector Spratt deposed: In consequence of information received, I went to the house of the prisoner Taylor's father, Burgate-lane, on Friday last. In the yard there is a flower border, and on digging beside a fuchsia I found the watch enclosed in a cup. In reply to a question from Mr. Mourilyan, Inspector Spratt stated that the defendant's house was generally well conducted, and that the landlord had given information to the police by means of which robberies had been found out, and the perpetrators punished.

Prosecutor came to the police station. In consequence of what he said I went to the "Butchers’ Arms" and after wards to the "Wellington" public-house. I saw the three prisoners there. I asked the prisoner Denne if he had seen the prosecutor before, and he said he had. I told Denne the prosecutor said he had lost his gold watch there—the prosecutor said "this (Denne) is the man who has got it." Denne said it was false, for he was not there at the time. The prosecutor said "perhaps I am mistaken," and he then picked out the two prisoners Taylor and Clarke. I told them they were charged, along with the landlord, with stealing the prosecutor's watch. They denied it, and I searched them but did not find anything. The prosecutor charged them all with stealing the watch, and, with the assistance of P.C. Holliday, I took them all three to the station-house. The prosecutor was three parts drunk and did not appear to know what he was doing. We went to several public-houses before we got to the right one, and in consequence of the description he gave of the landlord we went to the "Wellington." He said the landlord was stout, full-faced, and pitted with the small-pox. When at the station the Superintendent asked the prosecutor if he had any particular charge to make against any of the prisoners. Ha said "none whatever," and the prisoners were consequently discharged.

Mr. Mourilyan addressed the Court on behalf of the prisoner Denne.- The prisoners were committed for trial, bail being accepted for the appearance of Denne, himself in 100 and two sureties in 50 each.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 15 September, 1860.


William King was charged with stealing 5s. from the person of Charles Stiff, a bricklayer, on Sunday afternoon. The prosecutor had gone to the "Wellington" public-house, about three o'clock, and after staying in the tap-room for about twenty minutes went upstairs into a bed-room to see a man named Crip. Here he lay down on the bed and fell asleep till aroused by the prisoner groping in his pockets, and on getting up he found he had been robbed of two half-crowns. He reclaimed that amount of King, and on his refusal to give it up called a policeman, to whom prisoner was given in custody. Prisoner now pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


Most of the old licenses were renewed, but those of the following publicans were left for consideration until an adjourned licensing day (the 12th inst.) in consequence of complaints having been made of the way in which the houses have been conducted. Robert Whittaker, "Princess Royal," Northgate; Thomas Denne, "Wellington," Broadstreet; Richard Drew, "Three Grenadiers," Military Road; William Taylor, "True Britton," Northgate; and Charles Moore, the "Cock," Westgate.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 9 July, 1864.


At the Canterbury Police Court on Monday, a gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery, named John Ryan, was brought up in custody, charged with assaulting James Delahanty, a trooper belonging to the 3rd Dragoons, at the “Wellington” public-house, Broad-street, on Sunday night. The complainant said he was at the “Wellington” about a quarter to 9 o’clock on Sunday night. Some girls wanted to drink with him, but he refused to allow them. The prisoner and some others then began to annoy him, and the prisoner struck him on the back of the head. He was them challenged by a man belonging to the 7th Dragoons, and they went out into the yard and fought about three minutes. The other men then closed in upon him and struck him. He then got into the street, where he was again set upon and used most shamefully. His face presented marks of severe violence, the left eye being very much discoloured and swollen. The prisoner was not one of those who ill-used him in the yard and in the street. The Landlord and landlady of the “Wellington” declared that the prisoner was not in their house at all during Sunday evening. The magistrates dismissed the case.




WRAIGHT Thomas 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

WRAIGHT John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

WATTS William 1830-32+ Historic Canterbury web sitePigot's Directory 1832-34

CHAPPERDEN William 1838-47+ Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

DENNE Thomas 1858-68+ (age 34 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

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

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

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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