Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2019.

Page Updated:- Friday, 15 November, 2019.


Earliest 1824-

George and Hoy

Latest 1913+

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.


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

I have managed to trace the "George and Hoy" from between 1828 and 1913, but do not know when it ceased trading yet. I assume the building there today is not the actual pub, there being a lot of new buildings in the area, probably removed from war damage and the area built on again.

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.


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+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MOFFATT William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

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

NEWMAN George 1847-58+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858 (also butcher)

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

BOWLES Stephen James 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

REID/READ John 1902-13+ Post Office Directory 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

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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