Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1899

Imperial Hotel

Closed 2014

48 Martyrs Field Road


Imperial Hotel 1904

Above photo, 1904. kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Imperial 1909

Above photo, 1909. kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The ladies' cycle club met here to ride out to the "Rose and Crown" at Perry Wood.

Imperial 1919

Above photo, circa 1919, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Photo shows employees and families aboard Finn & Co's Thorneycroft lorry, all ready for an excursion. Finn's engineering company was located nearby on Seymour Place. Standing by the cab, sporting a bowtie, is the driver, William Beale and sitting in the cab is his fiancée, Winifred Best.

Inperial Hotel 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Imperial Hotel 2009

Above picture from Google July 2009.

Imperial 2017

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

Imperial Hotel sign 1991

Imperial Hotel sign July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


In existence in 1899 and the street was renumbered in 1908. Most of the buildings in this street were built in 1900.

Clientele was stated as being Artisans and business men.

In 2014 the pub was sold off by Punch Taverns and I believe is going to be converted into student flats.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 5 January 1901. Price 1d.


On Friday evening, during the prevalence of a westerly gale, Mrs. Sophia Townsend, of 8, Poet's Corner, in endeavouring to walk round the "Imperial Hotel," was blown down, and one of her shoulders was dislocated. She was pushing a perambulator containing a child, and it was blown over, but no damage was done to them.



MAY Stephen 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

FOSTER Mr W 1908+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

DUFFILL Edward D 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

FARR Frederick A 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

SWAIN Wallace 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

ILES R 1952+ Black Eagle Journal 1952


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

Black Eagle Journal 1952Black Eagle Journal 1952

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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