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Earliest 1824-

Golden Lion

Latest 1873+

(Name to)

3 St. Peter's Street


Former Golden Lion

Above image taken from Google, July 2009, shows the premises of 3 St. Peter's Street as now being the Little Italy restaurant.


Traced as early as 1882, but by 1889 the premises was apparently being used by H Z Davey who operated a dairy business.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 29 July 1791.


Takes this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers in general, for their kind support while at the "Golden Lion," Canterbury; begs to inform them, that he has now taken the "Bell Alehouse," near the "Old Castle," which is fitted up in a neat manner for the reception of Company; where, by attention to business, and keeping the best of beer and spirits which was always his study, he hopes to meet with their future favours, which will be gratefully received by their humble servant.

A good Ordinary provided every Quarter Session's day.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 22 February, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.


Clarence Sutton Charlton, a native of America, about 30 yours of age, was brought up in custody on a charge of exciting charitable contributions by false pretences. The prisoner was liberated from Sandwich gaol on the 23rd January, having served twenty-one days’ imprisonment for creating a disturbance and using threatening language to the police, he is of very light complexion, has thick lips and deeply sunken eyes. His mode of operation appears to be to sham fits, which he can manage to perfection. On Thursday he was seen on the road to Harbledown, by Mr. Edward Stringer. A carriage containing a gentleman was approaching at the time, and the prisoner fell down in the road apparently in a fit. The gentleman pulled up, and was so moved by the man's seemingly pitiable condition that he gave him two half-crowns. On Thursday night the prisoner was seen drinking and treating the company at the “Golden Lion” public-house, King’s Bridge, Canterbury. On Friday he went to try his fortunes again in the direction of Harbledown. He fell down in a fit beside the houses on Harbledown Hill, and Mr. Neame, among other gentlemen, was attracted to the spot He appeared to be in a pitiable condition, his face being besmeared with gravel. A boy, who happened to be passing at the time, said the man was an impostor, for he had been doing the same near Mr. Flints, at St. Dunstan’s. Mr. Neame, in order to test the man's conduct called out for some one to go for a policeman. The prisoner, however, took no notice of this, and a man who was present said he could soon find out whether he was shamming or not. The man accordingly pinched the prisoner’s ear and his hand, but this appeared to have no effect. They then lifted him up, but he was quite stiff and rigid. After some time be began to come round, and Mr. Neame, Mr Saddleton, and another gentleman gave him a shilling each. Mr. Neame also ordered him to be supplied with some warm coffee at the “Coach and Horses,” and afterwards gave him a handsome light coloured woollen cloth coat. It appears that prior to this adventure, the prisoner had tried what he could do at St. Dunstan’s, where he had two or three fits; but on Mr. Flint threatening to send for a policeman he walked off. He told Mr. Neame that he landed at Ramsgate on Thursday, and that be was going to Loudon. He said he had been to the railway station, but they would not take him as he had not sufficient money to pay his fare. From Harbledown he returned to Canterbury, and, having made himself look as smart as possible in Mr. Neame’s coat, he stuck a cigar in his mouth and went about giving orders to several tradesmen. He represented himself as the son of a cotton planter in the state of Ohio, and tried to bargain with Mr. Trimnell for some jewellery, and with Mr. Nash for some clothes. On Friday he was again plying the profitable calling of falling into fits in the neighbourhood of Sturry. On Saturday morning about ten o’clock he was apprehended, being then going about in a state of intoxication.

The bench sentenced him to two months' imprisonment with hard labour, in St. Augustine's.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 14 February, 1863.



Oh the discovery of the robbery information was given to Supt. Davies, and he communicated with the other police throughout the county, and elsewhere. The result was that on Friday three men were apprehended at Sittingbourne, while attempting to sell eleven of the stolen forks. They were subsequently brought to Canterbury, and lodged in the station-house. It is believed that the actual thief has not yet been captured—that he is either at Woolwich or Chatham. On the night previous to the robbery all four men lodged together at the “Golden Lion,” St. Peter’s Street.

On Monday morning, the three prisoners, Alexander Hood, George Bruce, and Charles Henderson, carpenter, were placed at the bar on the charge of being concerned in the robbery. Mr. Smith, the principal of the academy, said his house was entered on Monday night, but it was not discovered until eight o’clock the next morning, when a portion of the plate required for the breakfast table were missed, and upon searching the premises it was ascertained that they had been entered, and the articles in question abstracted.

Sarah Blackman, housemaid at Mr Smith's, deposed to fastening the kitchen up on Monday night, before eleven unlock, when the stolen articles were in the plate basket in the dresser drawer. The next morning the scullery window was found open, and the Articles of plate gone. There were marks of muddy feet on the window cell. Eleven forks produced, the witness identified as a portion of the property stolen.

Mr. Elwick (pawnbroker, of Milton next Sittingbourne), deposed that on Friday last Bruce and Henderson went to his shop and offered to pledge the six silver forks produced. Bruce said they were their properly—that they were bought at an officer's sale. Having had information of this robbery, witness asked Bruce what he was, and he said a discharged soldier, and handed witness a discharge paper. Upon looking at it, he found it did not correspond, whereupon the prisoner said it was not his discharge, but his son’s, who was outside. Hood was then called in, at the suggestion of Bruce. He said he was not Bruce’s son, and that that he knew nothing of the forks offered in pledge. Witness then detained the pioneers, and sent for the police. After some further evidence the magistrates remanded the prisoners for a week, on the application of the superintendent of police.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 11 June, 1864.


Clara Scott wits charged with being drunk and incapable, in All Saint’s-lane, at a quarter before 1 o’clock at noon, on Sunday.

P.C. Holloway deposed that, in consequence of information received, he went into All Saints'-lane, where he found the prisoner lying on her hands and knees in a state of helpless intoxication. She was naked from the waist upwards. He took her to the police-station. He was informed that just before he saw her the prisoner was thrown out of the back door of the “Golden Lion.”

In reply to the charge the prisoner said she went into the “Golden Lion” quite sober, at 10 o'clock in the morning.

The magistrates discharged the prisoner, the Mayor remarking that probably, if she had been sensible, she would not have exposed herself in the way she did.


Kentish Gazette 30 July 1867.


To be Let with immediate possession, coming in about 40.

Apply to Mr. Marsh, Brewery Agent, Whitstable.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 22 January 1870.


Monday. (Before the Mayor, Alderman Brock, and W. J. Cooper Esq.)


James Johnson was charged on remand with a violent assault on a man named Watson, landlord of the "Golden Lion."

Complainant, who was unable to appear in Court on Tuesday, now attended with his nose bandaged, and gave evidence to the effect that defendant, who had with his wife been lodging at his house some weeks went in late on Wednesday evening and as he behaved in a disorderly manner, complainant said he must find fresh lodgings, whereupon defendant rushed at him, forced him down on the ground, stunned him, and smashed his nose by stamping on it with his foot. Defendant was sober, as he afterwards told a person in the house that he had stamped his (complainants) nose in, and he would do the same to his eye. Defendants general conduct towards him was quiet. He had never interfered with him before.

Defendant denied that he was sober; if he had been, it was clear he would have made his escape from the house when he saw what he had done.

The Magistrates found the defendant guilty of a violent and brutal assault, and convicted him in the penalty of 3; or in default of payment two months' hard labour in St. Augustine's Gaol.

Prisoner was removed in custody.



BLUNDEN John to July/1791 Next pub licensee had

KING John 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BIGG Edward 1832-61+ (also wheelwright age 71 in 1861Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858 (lodging house)

GOULDEN G 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

WATSON William 1868-Oct/73 Next pub licensee had Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Dover Express


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

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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