Sort file:- Canterbury, January, 2019.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 20 January, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1823-

Guildhall Family and Commercial Hotel

Latest 1938+

10 High Street


Guildhall 1905

Above photo, Wednesday 2nd August 1905. Crowds gathering to witness the visit of General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Guildhall Family and Commercial Hotel

Above image from Google, July 2009, shows the building that is now number 10 High Street.

Guildhall Hotel location 2017

Above photo taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, October 2017.


I have traced this establishment from between 1828 to 1903. By 1917 it was operating as J. Hepworth and Son Ltd. Clothiers, outfitters and bespoke tailors. The building is now part of Debenhams store chain the majority being opened in towns and cities in the 1970s.

I believe there was also the "Guildhall Tap" associated with this, under a different license.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Tuesday 21 January 1823.

Guildhall Tavern. High Street, Canterbury.

Henry Jones, having recently taking the above Tavern, lately conducted by W. Wiltshire, respectfully informs the public that it will be his endeavour by unremitting attention, and superiority of accommodation at moderate charges, to merit a share of their support.

Wines and spirits of the best quality direct from a docks.

Very fine flavoured London Porter, and Ale of superior quality.

Dinners, Suppers, &c. provided on the shortest notice.

Families in the City and Suburbs supplied with Porter and Beer at any hour.

Orders taken at the bar will be punctually attended to.

A horse and chaise to let. An ordinary every Saturday at 2 o'clock.

N. B. Good Beds and Stabling.

Superior travelling by the Telegraph Light Four Inside Post Coach, at reduced fares. Every morning at a quarter before 9, from the above house, in 7 hours, to the Saracens Head, Skinner Street, Snow Hill; Shepherd's Globe Office, Gracechurch Street; Gloucestershire Coffee House, Piccadilly; and Green Man and Still, Oxford Street.

Coaches regularly to Dover, Deal, Margate, and Ramsgate every afternoon.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 15 February, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.


A man named Thomas Wraight, a maltman was charged with creating a disturbance on Saturday night, P.C. Fowler deposed that, on Saturday night, he was called to the bar of the “Guildhall Tavern,” where he found the defendant creating a great disturbance. He was the worse for liquor. It appeared that the defendant is known to be quiet and generally a peaceably deposed man. Several of the police offices spoke to his good character, and the Bench accordingly ordered him to be discharged.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 January, 1864.


Begs leave to return her sincere thanks to the Inhabitants of Canterbury and its neighbourhood, for the kind support bestowed for so many years upon her late husband. Mrs. Stone intends continuing on the business herself, and trusts that by giving every attention to the comfort of her Friends, and by supplying Articles of n First-rate Quality, to continue to receive their kind support.

December 30th 1863.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 26 March, 1864.


A robbery was committed at the house of Mrs. Stone, the “Guildhall Tavern,” Canterbury, on Friday night. Property to a considerable value was stolen, and we regret to add that the thieves have, as yet, escaped detection. It appears that, on the third floor there is a room used generally as a dressing room by Miss Cooper, niece of the landlady, and on Saturday morning, when the servant went to dust the things in this room she found the door locked. The circumstance excited attention as it was very unusual, and on enquiry being made it was found that Miss Cooper had not locked the door. The key could not be found, but with the assistance of a workman from Messrs. Saxby’s, ironmongers, an entrance was obtained. It was then discovered that a robbery had been committed. Miss Cooper’s writing desk was found broken open. All the drawers had been ransacked—three or them, which had been left locked, having been broken open. Property to the value of 15 or 16, including a purse containing 1 6s. 6d. was taken. The articles stolen comprise a massive black chain, three brooches, seven bracelets, two pairs of ear-rings, a scent bottle with a silver top, a silver pencil-case, a number of old coins, &c., and several articles of apparel. Various conjectures have been thrown out respecting the way in which the robbery was effected.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 20 April, 1867. Price 1d.


Thomas Dalby Reeve, a lemonade and soda water manufacturer, of Margate, was charged with an offence, viz., refusing to pay a toll of 1s. for a cart which was driven to and from Canterbury and Margate, for the purpose of hawking lemonade and soda water in the city.

Mr. Flint appeared for Mr. Solomon, and said this case was somewhat differed from the others, and it would therefore require more consideration.

Mr. Reeve pleaded not guilty, and defended himself. He said that under the 49th section of the Markets Act, and under the 109th section of the Public Health Act, the Bye-Laws were compelled to hung up for inspection. He said, before going into the case, it was necessary to prove that the Bye-Laws had been printed and hung up.

Mr. Flint was then sworn and deposed that the printed Bye-Laws had been hung up in a conspicuous place ever since the Local Board passed them.

He then called George Stone, who said he assisted at the “Guildhall Tavern.” His mother dealt with Mr. Reeve for lemonade and soda water. Mr. Reeve generally called on them once or twice a week and asked if they required any of the articles he dealt in. He thought the cart was in Canterbury on the 8th of April, the day named in the indictment. He was sure the cart was in last week. They always paid for what they had at the time of its delivery.

Cross-examined by Mr. Reeve:- I do not know the defendant is a wholesale dealer. We have always paid for the articles at the time they were ordered.

The witness not being able to swear to what day defendant was in last, the Magistrates dismissed the case.

(Read a further case against Thomas Dalby Reeve)


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 4 May, 1867. Price 1d.


George Stone was charged with assaulting his mother on the 24th inst, in the “Guildhall Tavern.”

Mrs. Stone, who appeared in a fainting state, said that on the night in question defendant and his wife were in her house. She heard a disturbance in one of the rooms, and on her going to see what it was defendant struck her. She then gave him in charge to P.C. Marsh, who was passing at the time.

Prisoner said he was in the hones with his wife, and P.C. Marsh came and interfered with them. He was very sorry for having struck his mother.

The Mayor said it was a very painful thing to see a man in such a position charged with striking his mother. He intended to dismiss the case if defendant would promise to leave the house.

Defendant haring consented to this.

The Mayor asked Mr. Davey, who attended on behalf of Mrs. Stone, if he thought she would be content with this.

Mr. Davey said that prosecutor only wished for authority from the Magistrates to deny defendant admission to her house.

Prisoner again promised that he would not enter the house again.





JONES Henry 1823-40+ Pigot's Directory 1824Historic Canterbury web sitePigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

GILES Thomas 1841+ (also oyster merchant age 45 in 1841Census)

CLEMENTS Henry 1858+ Historic Canterbury web site

VINCER Edward to Mar/1860 Kentish Gazette

Last pub licensee had STONE George Mar/1860-Jan/64 Kentish GazettePost Office Directory 1862

STONE Mary Ann Jan/1864-67+ Kentish Chronicle

SHAXBY BROTHERS 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

SHAXBY Harry 1871+ (age 30 in 1871Census)

SHAXBY BROTHERS 1874-82+ Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1882Historic Canterbury web site (Soda water and lemonade manufacturers)

STRATFORD C Russell 1889-91+ Post Office Directory 1891Historic Canterbury web site (Wine and Spirit merchants)

O'GRADY Edmund 1901+ (age 31 in 1901Census)

FALCON Graham 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903


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

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

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

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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle


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