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Earliest 1832-

(Name from)

Hop Poles

Latest 2006

Wincheap Street



Above picture showing the "Hop Poles" in 1911. Taken from

Hop Poles 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The drayman on the right is Bert Fagg.

Hop Poles 1923

Above photo 1923, showing timber being hauled by Gipson Brothers, of Shalmsford Street, Chartham. Sent by Rory Kehoe.

Fred and Marge Hart

The above photo shows Fred and Marge Hart, inside the "Hop Poles" circa 1942.

Hop Poles 1949

Above photo, circa 1949, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Pkoto taken just before the single-storey extension was built c.1950. The building next door (Thanington Dairy) was demolished to provide space for this extension as well as a small car park.

Hop Poles 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Hop Poles 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Hop Poles sign 1968Hop Poles sign 1992

Hop Poles sign left 1968, sign right August 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Hop Poles card 1955Hop Poles card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 25.

Cup winners 1970s

Above photo showing the billiards cup winners from the early 1970s.

Back Row L to R Mick Wells, Neil Hewitt, Colin Humphreys.

Front Row L to R George Harvey, Ro Mansfield, Min Sewell (Landlady), Dave Mansfield, Vic Redpath. Kindly sent by David Mansfield.

Hop Poles 2001

Above photo June 2001 taken from

Hop Poles 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.


The Parish of Thanington is near the City of Canterbury, in the County of Kent, England.

Situated at the farther end of Canterbury on Wincheap, the pub unfortunately closed at the end of 2006 and is now operating as a Cafe called Solo.

I believe the pub was originally called the "Three Hop Poles" and changed name some time between 1828 and 1832.


Former Hop Poles Former Hop Poles

Above pictures taken from Google maps September 2009.


Mentioned in Bagshaws directory of 1847 but may be older as in the 17th century there was a dwelling house on this site which may have had permission to draw ale.

Further research mentions a pub called the "Hop Poles" in 1768 addressed as in the Parish of Wincheap, which suggests the same, although probably not the same building. See below.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 7 September to Saturday, 10 September, 1768. Price 2d.


On Thursday the 22nd of September, Instant. At the “Sign of the Hop Poles,” in the Parish of Thanington (near the City of Canterbury) in the County of Kent, between the Hours of 3 and 5 in the Afternoon.

One full equal undivided Moiety, or Half-Part of all in that Freehold Messuage or Tenement, with Two substantial Oasts, Garden, and other Premises, thereunto belonging, situate in the Parish of Thanington, in a certain street called Wincheap, and now in the Occupation of John Blaxland or his assigns.

Also, One full equal undivided Moiety of Half Part of and in all those Two Freehold Messuages or Tenements, with the Gardens, Oasthouses, and Buildings there unto belonging, situate in the Parish of Chilham, in the said County of Kent, and now in the several Occupations of William Wills and ------- Wills, or their assigns. Which said Premises are chargeable with an Annuity of four Pounds during the Life of a Person who is upward of Forty Years of age.

For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Slodden, Attorney at Law at Canterbury.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 07 September 1819.


Free Public Houses and other estates,

To be Sold By Auction, By Messrs. White, (Without Reserve).

Pursuant to certain orders of the Vice Chancellor of Great Britain, and before the Major part of the Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of bankrupt awarded and issued against Matthew William Sankey, of the City of Canterbury, brewer, dealer and chapman, at the Guildhall, of the said city of Canterbury, on Wednesday next, the 22nd day of September next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced.)
The following very Valuable Freehold Estates, in Lots.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs white without reserve.

Lot 10. A Messuage called the "Hop Poles," with a stable, yard, garden and the appurtenances, situate in or near Wincheap Street, in Thanington, in the said County, and now in the occupation of George Stubberfield.


From the Kentish Gazette, 19 April 1842.

ASHFORD, CANTERBURY, and FOLKESTONE, in KENT To brewers, Innkeepers, and Capitalists.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Messrs. BAYLEY and REEVE, ON WEDNESDAY, the 4th of May, 1842, at Two o’clock, at the "Royal Oak Inn," Ashford (by the direction of the Proprietor, who is leaving the county).

Lot 2:— All that FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSE, called the "Hop Poles," with the stabling, yard, and garden, situate in Wincheap-street, in the Parish of Thannigton, in the City of CANTERBURY, in the occupation of Mr. James Hodges.

The Purchaser of this Lot may have immediate possession.

Printed Particulars and Conditions may be had ten days preceding the sale, of Messrs. Robert and George Furley, Solicitors, and of the Auctioneers, Ashford.


Kentish Gazette, 8 June 1852.


A man, named John Belsey, met with an accident on Tuesday evening, at Wincheap fair. He had been drinking at the "Hop Poles" public house, when, coming down the fair, he went into the "King's Head," and in trying to force his way into a room where dancing was, got pushed down, by which one of his legs were fractured. He was at once taken to the hospital.


Kentish Gazette, 17 January 1854.

Running Down case. Rose v. Clark. Jury case.

This was an action to recover the sum of 18 for injury done to the horse and cart belonging to the plaintiff through the furious driving of the defendant. Mr. Mercer for the plaintiff and Mr. Ribton (council) for the defendant.

Our readers will remember that at the previous Court an action was brought by George Newton against the same defendant for injuries received by him at the time of this accident, when a verdict was given for the plaintiff with 50 damages. A great number of witnesses were then called, and to-day they repeated the evidence then given, with very little variation, one or two additional witnesses being produced, who identified the defendant (Clark) as the man who drove the cert on the night of the accident.

Mr. Mercer having opened the case and detailed the particulars, as they would be proved in evidence, then proceeded to call the fallowing witnesses:—

The plaintiff deposed that be heard on the Saturday of the accident having taken place, and he went and looked at the mare; he found her in a very bad state, and she was in consequence laid up for four or five weeks.

On Sunday he went to the defendants, and told him he had heard, that he had run against his mare.

The defendant replied:— What time did the accident take piece?

Plaintiff said he knew best.

Defendant answered — you be ------.

Chas. Valence was going to Canterbury, on the 3rd of September, in a light cart, and when he had reached White-hill, he heard a cart coming along at a fast rate; it ran against the cart he was in, and threw George Newton, and himself out—the horse ran away.

He hollowed out "What are you after?"

There was no answer; and the parties drove off.

George Newton deposed that he was a painter. On the 3rd Sept. last, he was requested by Mr. Valence to accompany him to Canterbury. They left Mr. Rose's yard just about eight o'clock in the evening. Just beyond Chilham station, at Whitehill, they heard a horse and cart coming along very fast. He said to Valence, "pull up as close as you can." Valence pulled up to a Stand still as close to the hedge as he could get, and they both halloed as loud as they could. They saw a horse coming along at a rate of about 12 miles an hour. The cart ran against the nave of their wheel, and turned the cart completely round. The driver (Valence) was thrown out, and he (witness) was thrown between the cart and the horse. The shafts were both broken, and the cart overturned on to his leg, which it broke, also fracturing his ankle. He had been a cripple ever since, and under medical treatment.

James Buss proved the time the accident took place; it I was about a quarter or 20 minutes past 9 o'clock on the night of the 3rd of September.

Stephen Butcher, (keeper of the Wincheap turnpike gate) stated that the defendant, with Mr. Horton, passed through his gate at three minutes before 9 on the night of the accident, in his horse and cart: he had not then put up his light, as it was not dark enough. Was driving at the rate of 12 miles an hour.

George Loram deposed that he remembered the 3rd of September last. On that day he went with others, from Chartham to Canterbury; he left the former place for that purpose about half-past eight in the evening and met a horse and cart about a mile this side of the toll-gate. He believed Mr. Clark was driving.

Croat-examined by Mr. Ribton:— It was about four miles from where we saw Clark to where the accident took place; saw Clark about ten minutes past 9.— Went into the "Hop Poles" with Link; did not see him take out his watch; did not sit nor stand near the window.— Would not swear, Clark was in the cart, but believed he was. Mr. Pain did not tell me what I was to say to day, nor have I received any money from him.

A labourer of the name of Link gave similar testimony.

Henry Cook, an engineer at Mr. Wetherley's Mills at Chartham, remembered the 3rrd of September last, on which occasion he went lo the Chilham station, to meet a friend coming from Maidstone; the train was due then at 18 minutes past 9. His friend did not come, and he returned home; as he was going along he saw Nutting. When near Whitehall, a quarter of a mile from the station, he met two men in a horse and cart; they were driving very fast when they passed him. Mr. Clark was driving; he had known Mr. Clark some time. He looked at him for a minute or to, as he thought he was driving very fast. He then went homewards, and found a young man lying in the hedge with his leg broken; the cart was by his side. He should say it was 80 or 90 yards from the spot where the cart passed him.

J Hopkins Payne deposed that he lived at Canterbury. On the 3rd Sept., he had been to Shottingden, which place he left (for Chilham) about a quarter to nine. Before he got to the station the train passed, and he proceeded on the road to walk to Canterbury. Just before he got to Chilham, he met a small pony and cart; the pony was driven very slowly by a young man.

There were two young women in the cart. He afterwards saw a horse and cart, which was a being driven at a very fast pace.

The driver was Mr. Clark, of Shottingden, Chilham. He was beating the horse. Directly after Clark had passed him, he saw a confusion in the road, and several persons running. He consequently ran to the spot, and he saw Newton lying in the road.

Cook and Nutting were with him. He was confident that no other vehicle had passed after Clarke passed, until he got up to the place where the plaintiff was lying. He reached that spot about three minutes after Clark passed.

[This witness was subject to a severe cross-examination as to his previous conduct and dealings, but he distinctly negatived the insinuations of the learned counsel, whose questions did not appear to have the remotest bearing on the case at issue, although they might possibly have been of some importance, had Payne been the plaintiff instead of a witness.]

John Nutting, a waggoner, went to Canterbury on the night in question—and returned at a little before four o'clock, when he passed Mr. Clark in his cart in Wincheap, driving fast. Afterwards, he went to the Chilham Railway Station, and on returning passed a horse and cart, which he took to be the same he had seen previously, in Wincheap. There ware two persons in the cart; would not swear who drove. About 100 rods further on, he saw a man lying on the ground with his leg broken, and the cart in the road.

Edgar Manser stated that the plaintiff's cart was brought to him to be repaired, but it was too much damaged to allow of its being repaired; it would have cost 5 to have placed it in a proper condition; the cart might have been worth 10 before the accident.

— Pope, a veterinary surgeon, of Ashford, stated the injuries received by the plaintiff's mare: it was very much hurt; his bill for attendance was 3.

Mr. Ribton then addressed the jury for the defendant:— If they were satisfied that the defendant was the man who drove the cart causing the accident, it would not only prove him to have perjured himself both on the past and present occasion, but that he had shown himself to be a very inhuman and unfeeling person. But the answer he would give to the case that had been made out for the plaintiff, would put a very different complexion upon the whole affair,— and upon the evidence he was about to call, he had no hesitation in expecting a verdict at their hands. He then reviewed the evidence for the plaintiff, remarking upon its bearing upon the case, and commented with some severity upon the character of the witnesses adduced. He did not impute perjury against the persons who had given evidence,— but what he urged was, that they were mistaken in fixing upon the defendant as the party who drove the cart occasioning the accident.

He then called the defendant, who deposed, that he resided at Shottingden, in the parish of Chilham. On the 3rd of September last he went with Mr. Horton, to Canterbury, and put up at the "Queen's Head;" he left at half-past seven at night, having gone from the smoking room to the yard at 20 minutes past seven. It took about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour to get to the Wincheap-turnpike-gate; he passed Mr. Videon about a quarter of a mile from the scene of the alleged accident; it would have taken him about three-quarters of an hour after leaving Canterbury before he could have reached the spot where he passed Mr. Videon. In Stone Stile Lane, he met Amy Knowles and Benstead. When he reached home it was half-past eight, having left Mr. Horton at his own house, a short distance from witness’s. After having partaken of supper, he went to the "Woodman’s Arms," and met Mr. Horton there, according to appointment; it was then a quarter or 20 minutes after nine o'clock. From the time he left Canterbury till he reached his home he did not come in contact with any cart, nor had his own cart been damaged; it was impossible that he could have caused such an accident without knowing it.

Cross-examined by Mr. Mercer:- He had but one light cart that he generally drove; this is the first accident he had been charged with. He had been to America, but had returned upwards of 20 years.

By His Honour:- From the Chilham Station it would take him 20 minutes to drive to his own house; it was a distance of 2 miles.

Re-examined:- The cart he had with him to-day was the same he used on the night the accident occurred. It took him an hour to drive home from Canterbury.

Thomas Horton, accompanied the defendant to Canterbury on the day in question; he confirmed his evidence. It was about half-past seven when they left at night to return home. Mr. Videon left the "Queen's Head" just before witness and the defendant. It look about 5 minutes to reach the Wincheap-gate. Met Benstead and a young woman in Stone Stile Lane, and spoke to the former. The cart in which he was riding did not come in contact with any other during the journey.

Geo. Bond, hostler at the "Queen's Head," Canterbury, stated that the defendant and Mr. Horton left about half-past 7 o'clock in the evening.

Cross-examined:- The cart was not ordered any time at all. Mr. Videon left about a quarter or twenty minutes before the defendant. Did not start the defendant but saw him go. Did not swear on the last occasion that there were more than 40 horses in the yard on the 3rd of Sept.; there were more than 4, but not to many as 40: could not say how much money he took then, he did not keep any account.

James Kennett, hostler, put Mr. Clark's horse to on the night in question; he drove off about half-past 7. Knew it was that time, because he had heard the clock strike 7.

Crova-examined:- Knew the clock struck 7 because he counted the strikes; could not always count them because he was sometimes asleep.

[Mr. Mercer:- Are you wide awake now then? (Laughter.) Witness smiled assent.]

Could not say who left the yard at either 8, 9, or 10 o'clock the same night.— Did not know how many horses there were in the yard that day—it was not his business.

James Videon, a farmer, living at Moldash, was at the "Queen’s Head," Canterbury, on the 3rd Sept.—Saw Mr. Clark there; he left about a quarter past seven. Was no relation to the defendant, and had no interest in the result of this action. Mr. Clark overtook him about four miles from the Wincheap gate, and 60 or 70 rods from where it was represented the accident took place. He reached home about half past eight; knew that was the time because he asked his servant what time it was, and she said just half-past eight.

Cross-examined:- The cart that passed him was trotting; he was going at a good pace.

Charles Videon, jun., gave similar testimony.

Cross examined:- It was 10 minutes or a quarter past 9 when they left Canterbury—but was not sure which.

John Benstead, a blacksmith, of Shottingden, took up Amy Knowles at her own house, on the 3rd Sept., and drove down
Stone Stile Lane; he there passed Mr. Clark with Mr. Horton t it was about a quarter past eight, he reached Chilham station before the train arrived.

Cross-examined.— Both going and returning he went along Stone Stile Lane; did not meet any one on foot as he returned.
Amy Knowles, of Chilham, confirmed the last witness's statement— Just before the last trial, Pain came to her house, and said to witness— "You told me before that Clark passed you as you were coming from the station." Witness replied that she did not; what she said was, that Mr. Clark passed them as they were going to the station."

Cross-examined.— Witness had wrongfully stated on the previous trial that she was in the employ of Mr. Clark.

Wm. Jull, servant to the defendant spoke to his master coming home on the night of the accident at half past eight o'clock.

Frederick Jenkins, a farmer, of Baldesmere, saw Mr. Hortan at the "Woodman's Arms" on the evening of the 3rd of Sept. Witness asked him what o'clock it was by Canterbury time; he replied, a quarter to nine. Mr. Clark came in about 10 minutes after that.

Sophia Finn, mother of the landlord of the "Woodman's Arms"; saw Mr. Horton there about a quarter to nine, on the 3rd of September last.

Elisabeth Finn, landlady of the "Woodman's Arms," heard Mr. Horton say it was 10 minutes to nine, when he was at their house on the 3rd of September.

Elijah Bartlett, carpenter:- On the 3rd of September he went to Chilham Lees, with the witness Pain; did not return at night by Stone Stile Lane, although they went that way. Did not know what road they returned by—but they passed through Chilham Square. Did not pass any cart. When they got to the place where the accident took place, Pain asked witness if he remembered seeing a cart pass them; he said no. Did not hear any one mention Clark's name that night. People in the crowd asked who could have done it; Pain must have heard them, but did not say anything. When near Canterbury witness met his brother, and told him of the accident; he asked who had done it; Pain said they did not know, but hoped to find out before long.

Cross-examined.— Had never been to Chilham before that day; it was a very dark night, and inclined to rain. Did not notice Chilham Castle; could not say that he passed through the turnpike gate. Before reaching the place where the accident occurred, did not see a horse and cart driving furiously. Could not say for certain that he ran before reaching that spot. Between the "Woodman’s Arms" and the accident he did not meet a carriage or any other vehicle.

Enoch Bartlett, met his brother and Pain on the night of the accident. The latter said he did not know who had caused the accident.

Wm. Warman, Wm. Skinner, and George Curtis, of Canterbury, and J. Dunn, of Faversham, were then examined, with the view of throwing discredit upon the evidence of John Hopkins Pain, who was produced on the other side; they would not believe him on his oath, they severally stated; but their reason for so doing was based, as Skinner admitted, on the fact that the witness had made promises to pay money, verbally and by letter, and had failed to fulfil them—which drew forth strong dissentient expressions from the persons assembled in the court-room.

Mr. Mercer then replied at some length, and with considerable power, going carefully through the whole evidence on both sides, and pointing out that the statements made by the plaintiff's witnesses had not been impugned in one material particular.

His Honour summed up, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff.


Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 23 May 1863.

Determine Suicide by Strangling.

At the Canterbury Police Court, on Thursday, a man named Gardner, who resided in Westgate Grove, Canterbury, was charged with disorderly conduct, on the previous evening, while in a state of delirium tremens through drink. Gardner was discharged on promising to abstain from intoxicating liquor for a month.

On Friday evening he left his residence, and on Saturday morning his dead body was found at Cockering Bottom, in the parish of Thannington.

On Saturday an inquest was held on the body, before Mr. W. P. Callaway, deputy coroner, at the house of Mr. John Rolfe, the "Hop Poles" public house.

William Sutton Buttress, labourer deposed:- About twenty minutes to six o'clock last night I met the deceased by the allotment gardens, on the footpath leading to Chartham. He was going towards Chartham. I noticed nothing particular about him. I saw him about three quarters of a mile from the place where the body was found.

William Bishop, of Lunns Field Cottages, labourer, deposed:- This morning, about a quarter before 6 o'clock, I was going to work, and as I was passing Cockering Bottom I saw the deceased lying on his face quite dead, his feet being on the bank and his head on the hard road. His left arm was across his chest and his right arm over a stick which was in a loop made by a handkerchief placed around his neck. The handkerchief was twisted very tightly under the chin, and a deceased's face was covered in blood. I could see no wounds on his face. The blood in my opinion, came from his mouth and nose.

Elizabeth Gardner, deposed:- The deceased was my husband, and was 44 years of age. He had resided in Westgate Grove for about 6-weeks and was of no occupation. I last saw him alive about 5 o'clock yesterday morning. In my opinion he had been out of his mind all day, but he was much quieter than on several previous days. He had been drinking freely for the last five or six weeks, and within the last 3 days he had been quite violent. I have never heard him threaten to destroy himself, but the fact of his having nothing to do worried him. I am not aware of his having been in trouble lately on account of his actions through intoxication. He suffered from delirium tremens on December or January last.

The deputy coroner summed up and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased strangled himself while in an unsound state of mind.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 May, 1863.


A person of gentlemanly exterior and address, who gave the name of Henry Gardner, and said he was of no occupation, was brought before the Canterbury justices, last week, under the following circumstances.

Supt. Davis said that the preceding night P.O. Lincoln found defendant walking about the streets in Westgate, with only his shirt and trousers on, and covered in blood. He had broken through the window of the house where he is living, in Westgate-grove, and refused to go back, us he said they wanted to lynch him. He was brought to the station-house and his wife was communicated with, but she thought that was the best place for him, as there was no telling what he might do in his then state of mind.

When brought before the Magistrates, be promised to abstain from drink for the future, and was discharged.

On the following evening he terminated his existence, and a more determined case of self-destruction has not occurred in this neighbourhood for some time past. It appears that he left his residence about five o'clock on Friday afternoon, and at about half-past six he was seen near Cockering farm, in the area of Thanington, by a man named Sutton, going in the direction of the place where his dead body was afterwards discovered. Nothing more was seen of him until between five and six o'clock on Saturday morning, when William Bishop in the employ of Mr Robert Lake, of Milton Chapel, discovered his lifeless body in Cockering bottom, a short distance from Cockering farm. The head and upper part of the body were lying in the road, and the feet in a small copse of larch trees, elevated some 2ft. above the road. He was on his face, his hands still clutching the walking stick with which he had effected his destruction. Bishop hastened to his master's, and Mr. Lake sent immediately for the county police. Superintendent Walker hastened to the spot, under the impression that another murder had been committed. He was soon satisfied, however, that it was a case of self-destruction. The deceased appears to have taken every precaution to ensure his deadly purpose proving successful. His neck-tie and hat were taken off, and placed on a hop-pole stack. He then seems to have placed himself between the trees, which are very close together, leaning his back against one, the deep marks of his heels being visible when the spot was examined. Here, in all probability, he tied his pocket-handkerchief round his neck, and then, placing his thick walking-stick through the loop of it, twisted it round, till insensibility ensued, and he fell forward on his face in the road, as above described, with the stick still firmly clutched in his hands. An inquest was subsequently held on the body, before William Callaway, Esq., the deputy coroner, at the “Hop Poles” public house, when the jury returned a verdict of “Temporary insanity.”


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 26 March 1870.


At the St. Augustine’s Petty Sessions, on Saturday last, Mary Ann Rolfe, keeper of the "Hop Poles" public-house, Wincheap, pleaded guilty to keeping her house open for the sale of beer during prohibited hours on Sunday.

Defendant urged that some beer was ordered on Saturday night to refresh some persons who were coming to the house of a customer on the following day, to attend a funeral. The liquor was put into a bottle on Saturday, but not fetched until the following morning when the person who called for it paid the charge.

Fined 6d., costs 8s.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 30 October 1875.

Fatal accident at Thannington.

On Friday last, Mr. Coroner Delasaux held an inquest at the "Hop Poles Inn," Thannington, on the body of Thomas Newington, a child 18 months old.

On the previous afternoon, Mrs. Huxley, wife of a labourer, found the deceased head downwards in a washing "shawl," with a foot deep of water in it, quite dead. The child have been previously seen playing about the water in the "shawl", but there was nothing to show how he got into it.

The jury, however, assumed that he had fallen in, and returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned."


z`From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 13 January 1900. Price 1d.


Grace Elizabeth Perry, a young woman was charged with stealing 1 10s. the monies of Rose Jones on the 9th January.

Prosecutrix deposed that she lived at Ada Road, Wincheap. Prisoner was a lodger with prosecutor for two or three days. Prisoner came at about eleven o'clock on Saturday night. Witness agreed to lodge her when she met prisoner at the “Hop Poles” at about six o'clock. Prisoner was to pay 9s. a week. In prosecutrix' own room she had 8 in gold in a drawer. She saw the money safe on Saturday morning between ten and eleven o'clock. At 5.30 the previous day prosecutrix went to the drawer again and counted the money and found that 1 10s. was missing. Prisoner stayed with prosecutrix on Sunday and Monday night. From 10.30 till 12.30 on Monday morning prisoner was alone in the house. Prosecutrix' father kept the “Hop Poles.” That was why she was there. The drawer where the money was kept was not locked.

P.C. Ives stated that about 11 o'clock the previous night, from information he received, he went to the “Hop Poles,” Wincheap Street. Prisoner was there sitting in the back parlour dressed in clothes produced. Witness said “Is your name Grace Perry” and prisoner answered in the affirmative. Witness then charged her with stealing the money. She said “I did not take it, I have not been near Mrs. Jones' room since I changed these things this morning. My young man, a soldier, bought these things for me, the costume at Mr. Hatton's for 17s. 11d., the hat and tie for 3s. 11d., the gaiters from a shop in Burgate Street for 3s. 8d, the boots for 5s. 11d. from a shop in Castle Street. Oh! my God, help me. I will do away with myself I did take the money, I was hard up.” Witness took prisoner into custody.

Prisoner pleaded guilty.

The Magistrates sentenced prisoner to fourteen days' imprisonment and administered prosecutrix for not taking greater care of her money by keeping it locked up.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 2 March 1901. Price 1d.


James Sargent was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Wincheap on the previous evening.

P.C. Lockey stated that he saw the prisoner being ejected from the “Hop Poles” public house on the previous evening at about 9.30. He was drunk and would not go away. He was very abusive on the way to the police station and he kicked witness on the leg. He had to get the assistance of Sergt. Jackson and other police officers before he got the prisoner to the police station.

When asked in Court what he had to say the prisoner said “Will the magistrates allow me time to pay it in.”

The Magistrates' Clerk— You have not been fined yet.

The prisoner— Oh! I beg your pardon I thought I had.

The bench imposed a fine of 10s. and 6s. 6d. costs, or in default seven days'.


The pub has also been referred to as the "Three Hop Poles" in an 1832 directory, but this may have been in error.

The original building was under the reign of the Ash brewery when it was rebuilt in 1904. All Ash's houses became Ash's East Kent brewery pubs in 1920, then in 1923 Jude, Hanbury took over. In 1929 they in turn were acquired by Whitbread's.

According to research while open the pub had a beer garden which doubled as a car park and the housed a parrot in the bar.


Hop Poles advert 1950

Above advert from a Canterbury City FC vs. Royal Marines FC football programme for Saturday 25th March 1950. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

The "Hop Poles" being located "close to the ground" is interesting, as by 1950, Canterbury FC had moved from their Wincheap Grove (Waverley) ground, to Brett's Corner, just behind the pub!

brent's Corner stadium 1955

Above photo showing the Brent's Corner stadium circa 1955. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Hop Poles Bell

An amazing find! The original counter bell- no doubt rung to rouse the Innkeeper from his back rooms to come and give good cheer and service! The Bell is of the twist variety whereby the finial at top is dialled to make a ratcheted clanger inside ring the bell. The mechanism is working well. Set upon an Oak or walnut? Wooden base this handsome old counter bell is beautifully engraved:-


Hop Poles Bell

A little history on the Pub below (and Note W Stokes appears in the list of Publicans and was licensee in 1882-

I should mention whilst presenting very nicely the bell has a soldered repair from inside to a slit along the metal - as shown in the close up pics. This doesn't seem to affect the function or resonance of the bell! Base diameter is 95mm 3 3/4 inches. Weight is 200 grams.

Hop Poles Bell



HODGES James 1832-40+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840

GANN Daniel 1847-58+ (age 46 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Edward Wilmot CanterburyMelville's 1858

ROALFE John 1861-17/Oct/1868 dec'd (age 57 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

ROLFE Mary Ann (widow) 1870-1/Jan/72 dec'd

WIFFEN Edward 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

STOKES William  1881-82+ (age 33 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

WRAIGHT Mrs Jane 1888-91+ (widow age 48 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

HORTON A 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

STEWART W J 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

DOVE Charles Albert 1919-22+ Post Office Directory 1922

DOWLE Henry 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

STINTON Albert Victor 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

UPTON Mr Percy Alfred till late 1941

HART Fred 1950+

LYONS Reg pre 1970s

SEWELL George & Min 1970s


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

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

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

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

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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