Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2019.

Page Updated:- Friday, 15 November, 2019.


Earliest 1768-


Latest 1917+

14 Parade (14 St George's Street 1838Stapletons Guide)


Fleece date circa 1917                     Fleece date circa 1917

The above pictures are the only one I have managed to find of the Fleece, date unknown. Picture from Historic Canterbury web site

Former Fleece

The Lost Pubs project suggests that it used to be the building above, date unknown by Darkstar.


I haven't managed to find out much regarding this premises yet, but it can be traced back to 1828 and was still functioning in 1917 under the rule of F. N. Napton who was running the place as a family and commercial hotel and he was also the proprietor of the Cyclist Touring Club.

Further research mentions a "Fleece" in St. George's in 1768, so obviously the same area, if not the same building.

There is also mention that it became the Lyons Tea Shop, but I don't know the date for this is yet.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 7 September to Saturday, 10 September, 1768. Price 2d.


Begs leave to inform all Gentlemen, Planters, and others, who attend the Hop-Market at Canterbury, that there will be a Public Dinner provided at the “Fleece” in St. George's, every Wednesday during the Continuance of the Hop-Season, and the Favor of their Company gratefully acknowledged.

N.B. Dinner will be on Table at One o'clock; the first Dinner will be on Wednesday the 14th of September, Instant.


From the Kentish Gazette, 17 February, 1773. Price 1d.


At the “FLEECE” in St. George Street, CANTERBURY. On Saturday the 20th Instant, between Two and Three o'clock in the Afternoon. Twenty Barrels of large, well-cured RED HERRINGS.

To be put up in Lotts of one barrel each, for the Convenience of Publicans and County Shopkeepers.


Kentish Gazette 25 June 1793.


George Barnes, (late Steward to Thomas Hawkins, Esq.) respectfully acquaints the Gentlemen Farmers, and the Inhabitants of the City of Canterbury, that he has taken the above Inn, and will use the most unremitting endeavours to deserve a continuance of that support which it has hitherto experienced.

He has laid in a stock of very choice wines, and a general assortment of the best spirituous liquor.

A very excellent stock of beer constantly on tap.

N. B. A good Ordinary every day at one o'clock.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Friday 19 September 1800.


John Snelling, begs leave to inform the Gentlemen Hop-Planters, and the Public in general, the next Hop Dinner will be on Wednesday the 24th of September, which will be continued every Wednesday during the hop season.

Dinner on Table at Two o'clock.


Kentish Gazette 03 November 1840.


On Sunday evening after a long affliction, much respected and regretted by his friends and numerous acquaintances, Mr. George Taylor, of the "Fleece Inn," in this city, aged 31.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.




DANIELS Richard 1768+ Kentish Gazette

BARNES George 1793+

SNELLING John 1800+

FOWLER Thomas 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

TICKNER Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

WESTWOOD Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TAYLOR George 1838-Nov/40+ dec'd Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

MILES William 1847-62 (age 47 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

GIBBS Thomas 1867-71+ (age 45 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

MILES John Thomas 1874-82+ Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

WORDSWORTH Alfred 1889+ Historic Canterbury web site

KNIGHT & WENMAN 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

MILES John Thomas 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

NAPTON F H 1917+ Historic Canterbury web site (proprietor the Cyclists Touring Club)


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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

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

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 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868


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