Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2019.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 09 July, 2019.


Earliest 1700

Falstaff Tap

Latest 1991+

(Name to)

5 North Lane


Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

Falstaff Tap 1928

Above photo, circa 1926, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Falstaff Tap 1954

Above photo, circa 1954. Left of photo. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Falstaff Tap 1965

Above photograph by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Falstaff Tap 1987

Above photo 1987.

Falstaff Tap 1988

Above photo, 1988, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Falstaff Tap 1989

Above photo, circa 1989, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Falstaff Tap

Above photo taken from Google maps March 2009.

Falstaff Tap sign 1967Falstaff Tap sign 1991

Falstaff Tap sign left, 1967, sign right, May 1991.

Above with thanks from Rory Kehoe (left) and Brian Curtis

Falstaff Tap beermat

Above beer-mat kindly sent by Mike Lyon.

Whitbread sign.

Falstaff Tap card 1955Falstaff Tap card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 20.


Listed as early as 1700 from brewers records, this could have been associated with the "Falstaff." The tap room being where beer was served from the tap or cask and often relatively near to or indeed next door to (but not always) a larger premises of the same name where coach drivers and servants were accommodated.

Licensee James Scutt was convicted for being open before hours in 1854.

The premises unfortunately closed in 1998 after shortening its name to simply the "Tap." However, in 1999 Wethspoons bought the premises next door, named it the "Westgate Inn."

When the "Falstaff Tap" became the "Tap" and subsequently closed, it was not subsumed within the "Westgate Inn." The "Falstaff Tap" site is still owned by the "Falstaff Hotel" and the premises are still used for storage and staff accommodation. The old bat and trap pitch became hotel parking.

It is said that the house was situated in the poorer part of Canterbury and the pub reflected this, having somewhat of a "spit and sawdust" atmosphere.


Maidstone Telegraph and West Kent Messenger. 28 August 1870.

James Elvey, landlord of the "Falstaff Tap," was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer after 11 o'clock on Sunday night.

He pleaded guilty and was fined 1s.; costs 12s. 6d.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 31 March 1900. Price 1d.


Harold Shand wass charged with being drunk and incapable on the previous night.

P.C. HoIness stated that at 11.20 the previous night he was in St. Dunstan's when be heard shouts of "Murder" and "police." He went to the "Falstaff Tap" and found prisoner there helplessly drunk. He was obliged to take him into custody.

The Magistrates imposed a fine of 5s. and 6s. 6d. cost, or seven days' imprisonment.

The prisoner was further charged with carrying firearms without a licence on the same night.

Richard Bervel, a cabman, living at 54a, North Lane, deposed that he was in the "Falstaff Tap" on the previous evening at about 8.15, and the prisoner was there also. Witness saw him in the bar again at 10.20, when prisoner was having something to drink. Prisoner and someone else were speaking about the war when the former pulled out of his pocket the pistol produced and some shots, saying, at the same time, that that would do for the Boers. Witness asked prisoner to give him the pistol and he did so. He asked him for it as he thought he might do some harm with it as he was the worse for drink.

Serge. Swain stated that at 10.15 that morning he was in the police office when he told the prisoner that the pistol was found on him, and he asked him if he had a licence for it. He said he had not, and did not know he required one as he had carried it for some years, and never had one. Ha carried it while in the West Indies for his own protection.

The Bench imposed a fine of 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs, or seven days imprisonment.


From  the Historic Canterbury web site

1907 "Falstaff" Mews, North Lane Canterbury. W. Burton, Proprietor. Superior Broughams, Landaus, Victorias, Brakes, Waggonettes, Dog Carts, etc., at reasonable terms. Funeral Cars and Carriages supplied. Complete turn-outs jobbed. Special facilities for commercial gentlemen. Sole Contractor at Canterbury West Station for Omnibusses and Flys. Orders received at the "Falstaff" Mews and at Nash's Brushshop, 23 St. George's Street. Tele No. 50. Patronized by Royalty.




GREEN Henry Stapletons Guide

SCUTT James 1854+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

ELVEY James 1870+ Maidstone Telegraph

BURTON William 1874-91+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Historic Canterbury web site (and livery stables)

SADLER/ADLER George Edward 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Historic Canterbury web site

NEWPORT C J 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

SWAIN Wallace 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

BETTNEY Charles Fred 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

HARRIS Ted & Bet ????


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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