Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2021.

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Earliest 1770-

Duke of York

Latest 1922+

87 Old Dover Road (Riding Gate 1824)

Rhodaus Town


Riding gate Inn 1770

Above painting by W H Hayman, 1770.

Duke of York 1880s

Above photo 1880s, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Duke of York 1880

Above photo 1880s, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Duke of York area 1960

Above photo circa 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Duke of York location 2016

I believe the Google image above taken August 2016 shows the same location, unless of course I am looking the wrong way. Local knowledge needed here please.

Duke of York 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


The only information I can find on this house at present is from the licensing lists below. However,  the Historic Canterbury web site mentions a house just up from number 86 but with no name just a name called "York House" and Richard Westwood being occupier in 1889 and James Gilbert Sandiford in 1903. What appears to be next door further up is a house called "Southfield" occupied by Stanley Ash Collard who was a wine merchant. However, the information does go on to say that the numbering has been changed along the Old Dover Road.

Further research has found the newspaper cutting from 1900 below that gives an address of Ivy Lane.


Kentish Gazette, 6 February 1844.

The Late Robbery of a Pensioner.

Mr. R. Howard, of the "Duke of York," Ridingate, has forwarded us a letter, contradicting the statement which appeared in Thursday’s Kent Herald, of the man Dalby being robbed at his house.

The landlord says a party of six persons were all together in one room, and had two pots of beer. They all left in company, one not departing before another, and no attempt to plunder the man was made during their stay. The robbery must therefore have been effected, either before, or subsequent to the visit of the party to this house.


Kentish Gazette, 10 September 1850.

On the annual licensing day (Thursday last) our city magistrates suspended the following licenses:-

"Military Tavern," King Street;

"Eight Bells," King Street;

"Duke of York," Riding Gate;

"Kentish Arms," Jewry Lane;

"Eagle," Whitehorse Lane;

"Golden Cross," Northgate;

"Queen's Head," Northgate;

"City of London," Tower Street;

"Duke's Head," Wincheap;

"True Briton," Northgate;

"Royal George," Northgate;

"Queen's Arms," Northgate; and

"Three Grenadiers," Military Road.


Kentish Gazette, 14 January 1851.


Howard:- Jan 7, at Canterbury, Mr. Richard Howard, age 79 years, many years landlord of the "Duke of York," Canterbury.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 23 September 1882.

The Riding Gate Improvement.

A meeting of the Dane John Committee was held on Monday morning on the side of the Old "Duke of York," Riding Gate, to consider the question of taking down, the present unsightly gateway, and substituting an iron bridge in its place. There were present the Mayor (G. R. Frend, Esq.), Alderman Bateman and Goulden; Counselors Wiltshier, Wells, W. R. Young, Wright, W. N. Wightwick, Lazarus, and Wilson. After some discussion, it was proposed to recommend to the Council that the gateway be removed; that the road be widened, to make the descent from St. Georges Terrace more easy; and that a wider rising path to the walk on the ramparts be constructed. An amendment was put, recommending a light ornamental Iron Bridge as planned by the Surveyor. The amendment was lost, and the original motion was agreed to. It was also decided to suggest to the Council the desirability of converting the site and garden of the "Duke of York" into a recreation ground for children.




HOWARD Richard 1824-47+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847 (Watling Street Bagshaw's Directory 1847)

PRETT Edward (Edmund) 1858-82+ (age 60 in 1871Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1882

LAMBERTON William G 1903-22+ (age 47 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922


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

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882

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


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