Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1029-

Fountain Tap

Latest 1938+

16 Rose Lane


Rose Lane 2009

Above picture taken from Google showing Rose Lane July 2009.


The area was extensively bombed and damaged during the second world war and all buildings demolished and new ones built.

The "Fountain Tap" contained livery stables.


The "Fountain Tap" was obviously the tap for the "Fountain Hotel" also referred to as the "Fountain Tavern" which according to the following article, was the oldest inn in the country.


I have managed to trace written evidence of it back as far as 1768 from the following passage in the Kentish Gazette.


Sussex Advertiser, Monday 30 August 1762.

Country News. Canterbury August 25th.

Friday last a young man going to the necessary house at the "Fountain Inn" his this City, found upon the seat a handkerchief, and a course bag, as he thought, full of nails; but opening it, found it to contain gold and silver. On which he went out and locked the garden door, in order to consult the landlord. But seeing a well dressed man going up the yard asked whether he had lost anything. He putting his hand to his pockets, seemed surprised, and said he missed a bag of money. The young man (who had a wife and children) said if he would follow him he would help him to it; then unlocked the garden door, and shewed him the bag with the money in it. The Londoner look'd cross, took it, and did not even thank him. This being talked of, it is supposed he heard of his behaviour, wherefore when he took horse next morning he ordered the man a bottle of wine; which was scornfully refused. 'Tis thought the bag contained about 300. The person, we hear, was a wholesale grocer from London.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 13 July to Saturday, 16 July, 1768. Price 2d


To the Highest Bidder at the “Fountain” in Canterbury; on Monday the first Day of August next, between the Hours of Four and Five in the Afternoon, the following Freehold Estate, viz.

A Messuage or Tenement, called BRANDRED, with the Barn, Stable, Buildings, Orchard, and Seventy-two Acres, more or less, of Arable and Pasture thereto belonging; lying and being in the several Parishes of Acris, Swingfield, and Elham, and now let on Lease to John Bass, at the yearly Rent of 34, two Years of which Lease are to come at Michaelmas next. – For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Matson, Attorney, at Sandwich.


From the Kentish Gazette, Saturday, 20 August to Wednesday, 24 August, 1768. Price 2d

The Anniversary Meeting of the Gentlemen educated at the King's School, in Christ-Church, Canterbury, will be held at the “Fountain Tavern” in this City, Tomorrow, being the 25th of August, where the Company of any Gentleman who is willing to encourage the Charity (tho' not educated at the School,) will be very acceptable.

Sir Brooke Bridges, Bart.

The Rev. Dr. Dampler,

The Rev. Mr. Evans.



From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 22 October, to Wednesday 26 October, 1768. Price 2d.


By Thomas Rowe.

All the Household Furniture, Linen, Plate, and China, of the Widow Hollands, deceased, at her late Dwelling House near the “Fountain Tavern;” consisting of Four Post and other Bedsteads, with Harateen, Check, and other Furniture; good Beds and Bedding; Mahogany Tables; Walnut tree Chairs; Chests and Drawers; Pier, and other Glasses; a good Eight-day Clock; a Brass Jack with Fixtures, Brass Stoves; Kitchen Ranges and Furniture; Brewing Vessels, with a Calk and Two Coppers, &c.

The sale to begin at 10 o'Clock, and to continue till all is sold. The Goods to be viewed and seen the Morning of the Day of Sale.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.


The General Meeting of the Society for the Relief of the Widows and Orphans of Clergymen of this Diocese, will be held at the “Fountain Tavern”, on Thursday the 18th day of May instant, at eleven of the clock, when the Stewards are desired to bring in the Accounts.

A dinner will be provided.

Cant. May 5.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.


The expenditure for the Vallies within the commission of Sewers for several limits in the Eastern Parts of the County of Kent, are to pass their accounts for the year last past, at the “Fountain Tavern,” Canterbury, on Thursday, the eleventh day of May next ensuing, at Eleven o'clock in the forenoon.

Young Jeken,

Clerk to the said Commission.


From The Reading Mercury and Oxford Gazette, etc (Reading, England), Monday, May 17, 1773; pg. 2; Issue 592.

Sunday a lady, who had eloped from her husband, and carried off about 1500 in cash, besides trinkets, etc, was stopped at Dover, by two messengers, who were dispatched by Sir John Fielding for that purpose, just as she was on the point of embarking with a French hair-dresser, on board the Packet, for Calais, and brought back the same evening to the "Fountain Tavern" in Canterbury, on her way to London.


Kentish Gazette 10 January 1778.

John Aldersley, Late Servant to Mr. Farley, of the "Fountain Inn," Canterbury, begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public in general, that he has taken the "Sun Tavern," at Chatham, in Kent. Late in the Occupation of Mrs. Champion.

He has laid in a fresh stock of Wines of all sorts, with a good Larder, pleasant Lodging Rooms open to the River Medway, with a fine prospect to his Majesty's Dockyard.

Those Gentlemen, who please to favour him with their Commands, may depend upon the best Accomodations, which will be gratefully acknowledged, and esteemed by their most humble Servant at Command. John Aldersley.

Neat Post-Chaises, with able Horses and careful Drivers.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 January 1804. Price 6d.


FROM a post coach with four horses, which left the “Fountain Inn” at Canterbury on Wednesday evening the 14th instant.

A Box, containing three drawers, containing shells; supposed to have fallen off about three miles from Sittingbourne.

Whoever will bring the box, shells, &c. to the Printer of this paper, or to Lieut. Colonel D Robertson, No. 50, Hans Place, Sloan Street, London, will receive a reward of Five Guineas.


From the Kentish Gazette Tuesday 4 October 1808.

Mr WRIGHT, of Fountain Inn, Canterbury: advert for upper servant and laundry maid.

From the Kentish Gazette 17 July 1821.

City of Canterbury:

The MAYOR and COMMONALTY having resolved to DINE together at the "Fountain Tavern," on Thursday next, the 19th of July instant, in celebration of the CORONATION of his most gracious Majesty, King George the Fourth, will be gratified by the company of those of the Gentry and Clergy of the City, and its vicinity, and of their Fellow Citizens generally, who may wish to join them in honour of the event. Tickets at a SOVEREIGN each to include the Dinner, Dessert and Wine, to be had at the Bar of the "Fountain Tavern." Dinner on table at Four o'clock precisely. It is requested Tickets may be taken on or before Tuesday next, the 17th inst.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 14 July, 1860.


A daring robbery committed at the "Fountain Hotel," either on Monday night, or Tuesday morning. It appears that, on retiring for the night, Lord Walsingham omitted to lock his bedroom door. On undressing, he placed his gold watch, gold chain, gold snuff box, and other articles of jewellery, on the dressing table; but on looking for them at eight o'clock the next morning they were gone. Information was given to the police, and a detective officer was sent at once to make the necessary inquiries. No clue has yet been discovered to lead to the detection of the thief.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 21 September 1867. Price 1d.


At the County Police Court on Monday, before P. Marten. Esq.. Wm. Harris was charged with stealing a bridle, value 30s.. the property of John Greenstreet, of the "Fountain Tap," Canterbury.

Charles Welch stated that he was in the employ of Mr. Greenstreet at the "Fountain Tap" stables; and was in charge of two horses on the 28th of August, at the "White Horse,” Bridge. Witness left the stables at about half-past two, and went back at five, when he missed the bridle produced by P.C. Creed.

William Searle, carrier of Faversham, said that on the 28th of August he was returning from Canterbury to Faversham, and saw the prisoner about seven o'clock in the evening. Prisoner asked witness to give him a ride in his waggon, and he did so. Prisoner had a bridle with him which he offered to witness; and he gave him 3s. for it. He afterwards delivered it to P.C. Creed.

P.C. Creed haring proved apprehending the prisoner, the case was remanded till Saturday.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 28 September 1867. Price 1d.


At St. Augustine's Petty Sessions on Saturday William Harris was charged, on remand from Monday last, with stealing a bridle (the property of Mr. Greenstreet, of the "Fountain Tap," Canterbury,) at Badge, on Wednesday, the 28th of August. It will be remembered that that prisoner sold the bridle to a man named Searle, a carrier, of Faversham, for 3s.

Prisoner now pleaded guilty; and was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment, the Chairman at the same time telling Searle that he ought to be punished for having the bridle at such a price.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 21 January 1888.


Received:- 1.1s. 4d., collected by Mr. Prett's dog Fido, at the "George and Dragon Inn," Ash-next-Sandwich; and old linen from Mrs. H. Ward, "Fountain Hotel."


From the Eastern Daily Mail and Straits Morning Advertiser, 10 May, 1907.


The author concludes that the oldest inn in England is “the Fountain” in Canterbury, where stayed the wife of Earl Goodwin when she went to meet her husband on his return from Denmark in 1029. This is a respectable antiquity indeed! It is also claimed for “The Fountain” that Archbishop Lanfranc stayed there during the rebuilding of his palace in 1070. “The story, also goes that the four knights who murdered Thomas a Becket made the house their meeting place. It has its place, too, in later history, in that it was a scene of gaiety and activity in the September of 1299, where the marriage of Edward I, to Margaret of France was solemnised at Canterbury Cathedral. Next, perhaps, comes the “Ostrich,” at Coinbrook, which, as it now stands, claims an existence of seven hundred years. “The George and Dragon,” at Speedhurst, in Kent, is assigned to the reign of the third Henry, and “The Running Horse” at Leatherhead, was referred to revilingly by Shelton in the time of Henry VIII.



BILES Mr 1768+ Kentish Gazette

FARLEY John 1774-78+ Kentish Gazette

Last pub licensee had MILES William Nov/1787-93+ Kentish Gazette

WRIGHT Samuel 1808-24+ Pigot's Directory 1824

KING Samuel 1838+ Stapletons Guide

FINN William 1861+ (age 54 in 1861Census)

GREENSTEAD John 1862-82+ Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882

WARD H Mrs 1888+ (Fountain Hotel)

GREENSTEAD Mrs Ann 1891-July/1894 Post Office Directory 1891Whitstable Times

GREENSTEAD G July/1894+ Whitstable Times

MERCER Alfred Edward 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

SINCLAIR Alex M 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

GORDON Mrs Florence 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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

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

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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