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Earliest 1871-

Garrison Arms

Latest 1913+

103 (93 in 1871Census) Northgate Street


I believe the area shown above would have been where the "Garrison Arms" used to be. The building shown left, now (2009) The Direct Pizza Company with the white wall is number 109. Image taken from Google March 2009.


Situated opposite the corner of Union Street.

Only information I have for this pub is the name from the licensing lists below and that has been found from between 1874 and 1913 at present.

I have also been informed that a Benjamin S Mears, his wife Renie and daughter Peggy all died together on 1st June 1942 at 103 Northgate, Canterbury. Renie was the daughter of a publican in the East End so they might have been the landlords of the "Garrison Arms" and as Benjamin is listed as a civilian casualty of WW2 perhaps the pub was bombed out?


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

A Publican Fined for Resisting a Constable.

Jackson Swallow, a publican, was charged with resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

Police constable Hadlow said that about 12 o'clock on Saturday night he was on duty in Northgate Street. He saw a soldier leave the "Garrison Arms Inn;" and, believing there were more men inside, witness went to the side door which he found open. The landlord was standing in the doorway, and when asked if he had anyone inside he said "No." Witness saw one soldier standing behind the door, and in a room opposite he saw two others. He asked landlord to allow him to come in. Defendant replied "You are not coming in. Stand back, you foolish fellow," and with the assistance of the soldiers he pushed witness back. He partly closed the door and kept witness at bay for about a minute and a half; but afterwards he said witness could go upstairs and look all over the house. The back door was then open, and witness thought the men had gone out that way.

In defence Swallow said that on Saturday night after closing time his wife went to see a friend. he sat down, and fell asleep whilst reading the newspaper. A soldier made his was into the house, and he (defendant) pushed him out of the door. he did not touch the policeman, and he did not supply any beer after closing time. He had been 15 years in the city, and this was the first time he had had any charge made against in. The constable was off his beat at the time.

Fined 10s. and 11s 6d costs.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 3 February 1900. Price 1d.


Stephen Baker was summoned for being drunk and disorderly and refusing to quit the “Garrison Arms,” St. Gregory's, Canterbury, on the previous Tuesday, when requested to do so by the landlord.

The defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 5s. and 11s. 8d. costs or fourteen days' imprisonment.


From the Whitstable Times, 10 May, 1902.


Before the Mayor (Alderman G. Collard) in the chair Mr. H. Hart, and Mr. T. Wacher.


Beatrice Scamp and Mary Hopkins were charged with refusing to quit the “Garrison Arms,” Union Street, on the 19th April.

Mr. Hardisty appeared for the complainant.

Mr. Wale, landlord or the “Garrison Arms,” deposed that on the19th April, about 6 p.m., defendant were in his house, and one of them knocked the hat of a young woman who was there. Witness told them he would not allow that conduct, and both defendants then began to abuse him. He put them out, bet they came in again and he had to put then out again twice.

Defendants denied that the complainant put them out, Hopkins said she did not enter the house at all.

Walter Scott, a man who was in the house during part of the disturbance, gave evidence that both defendants were in the house as trying to get at a young woman who was there, and he heard the landlord turn them out. The defendant Hopkins said she went to look for her husband, who was there with a girl, and when she looked in the door the landlord hit her in the mouth, and shut the door in her face. She called her brother, David Barry, a lad of 13 years, who said that he saw his sister go to the door for her husband, and saw the landlord hit her in the face.

The Magistrates considered the case proved, and fined each defendant 5s. and 8s. 9d. costs, or seven days.


From the Whitstable Times, 24 May, 1902.


Stephen Baker and Joseph Cork were summoned for refusing to quit the “Garrison Arms” on May 12th.

Mr. W. H. Wales, the landlord, deposed that defendants were in the bar. He requested them to leave, and they refused. He sent for the police. P. C. Lockey stated that he was called in by the landlord to eject defendants. He asked them to leave. Cork went, but Baker refused, and witness had to eject him forcibly.

Defendants said they were in the house with other man; they were all drinking together.

Superintendent Farmery said Baker had been about 10 times before the Court, and Cork once.

Baker was fined 10s. and Cork 5s., and 7s. costs each, or 14 days.


From the Whitstable Times, 7 June, 1902.


W. J. Wales, landlord of the “Garrison Arms.” Northgate Street, was summoned for selling liquor during prohibited hours.

Mr. Walter Hills appeared for defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

P.C. Holness stated that at 11.45 on the night of the 22nd May he heard voices outside the “Garrison Arms.” Someone said: “Put these in your pocket." At 11.55 he saw Corporal Keith, of the 19th Hussars, leave the house, and he asked him if he had got any bottles on him, and he said “No.”

Witness turned him round and found two bottles of beer in his great coat pocket". Later on he met defendant coming home. He had been out.

Lance-Corporal Albert Edward Kettle, of the 19th Hussars, stated that on the night of the 22nd he was in the “Garrison Arms.” He left at 11 o’clock and went to the oyster rooms, and when he left there at 11.25 he passed the “Garrison Arms,” and saw Mrs. Wales at the door. He stopped to speak to her, and as it was raining he sheltered under the porch. When he left he asked her to give him two bottles of ale, and promised to pay for them next day.

In cross-examination witness said he was in the habit of going to the “Garrison Arms” every evening. He was a pianist, and was accustomed to play the piano for Mr. Wales. He had frequently asked Mrs. Wales for bottles of ale, and she had given them to him, he had said he would pay her the next day but he never did so. It was understood that they were given to him in recognition of his services as pianist.

The Chairman said that there was no proof that money had passed for the ale and the summons would be dismissed, but he regarded the case as one of considerable suspicion, and cautioned defendant to he very careful.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 10 February 1912.


The "Garrison Arms," Northgate; Brewers Messrs. Flint and Co.; licensee Mr. James Reynolds.

Chief Constable Dunk stated that the house was a fully licensed one; the rent was 16, and the rateable value 22 10s. The weekly trade was about 2 barrels of beer, 4 gallons of porter, a gallon of ale, two one gallon crates, and about a gallon of spirits. The house had been transferred about six times since 1901. There were six licensed houses within a radius of 159 yards, and each did a better trade. He objected to the renewal of the licence on the ground of redundancy and bad trade.

Inspector Jackson gave corroborative evidence.

Mr. Battiscombe, on behalf of the brewers, reserved objection until the adjourned meeting.

The tenant said he had just kept going at the house and was doing better now. The worst part of the year had been experienced.

The Clerk: You must understand that if the house is closed you will be compensated.

The house was referred to the Compensation Authority.



Further research and local knowledge needed here, thanks.



SWALLOW Jackson 1871-84+ age 61 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

RAWLINS John 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

TUCKER Edmund 1901+ (age 64 in 1901Census)

SOAMES George James Next pub licensee had to Nov/1903 Whitstable Times

WALES William James 1902-03+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

REYNOLDS James 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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