Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 17 November, 2022.


Earliest 1824-

George and Hoy

Latest 1918

12 Beercart Lane


Canterbury O S Map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

12 Beercart Lane vicinity of the George and Hoy

Above picture taken from Google March 2009, shows number 12 Beercart Lane, which I assume is the building that stands where the "George and Hoy" used to be. I believe this was operating as an electricity station.

George and Hoy 2017

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


Licensed in the late 18th century. The premises were large, and in 1807 they were leased by Beers the brewers from Maynard’s Hospital for 30 years.

Beercart Lane was the site of the Rigden's Brewery and as such housed a good number of workers from the brewery.

The inn closed in 1918, was purchased by the City Council and pulled down to form part of the site for the electricity sub-station.

Number 10 was once occupied by a James Millgate, brewery foreman, number 11, next door a R Hopkins, also brewer's foreman, and next door to that was this pub at number 12, the "George and Hoy Inn," licensee being Stephen J Bowles, so from that information I would say the year would be around the turn of the 1900s.


Kentish Chronicle, 2 Mar 1829.


March 1, in Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, Mr. Shoesmith, landlord of the "George and Hoy" public house.


Kentish Gazette, 14 May 1850.

On Tuesday evening, an elderly man, named James Abbott, a distant relative of the late Lord Tenterden, committed suicide by hanging himself at the "George and Hoy" public-house, in this city. Beside a government pension, he was in the receipt of a weekly stipend from the family of that eminent judge.


Kentish Gazette, 8 March, 1870.


Thursday.— (Before the Mayor, and R. Y. Fill, Esq.)

This was a special session for the transfer of ale-house licences. The following transfers were authorised:—“Angelo Castle” James Dodd to George Dodd;

George and Hoy” George Smith to Henry Spencer Cloke;

Victoria” Daniel Mills to James Chariot Lamberton;

and “True Briton” William Taylor to Edward Waghorne;

and an authority to Emma Mills, of the “Prince of Orange,” to sell until next transfer day.


From the Whitstable Times, 27 September, 1902.


What might have been a serious fire occurred at No. 9, Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, on Sunday morning, but owing to the prompt action of a neighbour the flames were got under and damage to the extent of 20 only was done.

The house is occupied by Mr. L. Taylor, and he and his wife were out at the time. The fire, which broke out soon after 11 o’clock, occurred in a bedroom at the back of the house. It was discovered by a neighbour, Mr. Millgate, and he immediately broke into the house. He gained access by a window and then opened the front door, letting in Mr. Read, of the “George and Hoy,” who rushed upstairs and took a quantity of burning clothing out of the house into the roadway. The clothes were on the back of the bedroom door. The door was burnt right through, the carpet was ruined, and the room generally damaged. Mr. Millgate and Mr. Read promptly put out the fire. Mr. Taylor did not hear of the occurrence until about 12.30. The contents of the house were insured in the Norwich Office.



RATCLIFFE Rebecca 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

SHOESMITH Richard 1828-1/Mar/1829 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MOFFATT William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BAKER Henry 1838-40+ Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

NEWMAN George 1847-61+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858 (also butcher age 35 in 1851Census)

BING E F 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

HORTON C 1867+

GOULD H J 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

SMITH George to Mar/1870 Whitstable Times

CLOKE H S Mar/1870+ Whitstable Times

STREDWICK John 1874-82+ (also whitesmith age 50 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

BOWELS Stephen James 1891+ (also cooper age 40 in 1881CensusPost Office Directory 1891

REID John 1901-13+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913


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

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

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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