Sort file:- Canterbury, April, 2019.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 April, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1400s

Kings Head

Open 2019+

204 (79) Wincheap Street



01227 462885

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1904

Above photo 1904 kindly sent by Doug Pratt.

King's Head 1904

A case of spot the difference here. Above postcard sent by Rory Kehoe, but which is the original that hasn't been Photoshopped? Or did they hold that pose for hours?

King's Head 1920

Above photo 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1955

Above photo, 1955 when the Elham Valley railway was being dismantled, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1955

Above photo, 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1955

Above photo, circa 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's head 1955

Above photo 1955, showing the King's Head in the background taken when the Elham Valley railway was being dismantled.

King's Head 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Kings Head 1983

Above photo, 1983, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 2009

Above picture from Google, September 2009.

King's Head 2013

Above photo 2013.

King's Head sign 1991

King's Head sign July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

King's Head 2013

Above photo 2013 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

King's Head 2018

Above photo, October 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 2018

Above photo, October 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


Registered in the licensing list of 1692 and the following year was offering Billeting for 6 soldiers.

The premises was sold by Thomas Blunden's widow, Mary, and their sons William, a habidasher and Ralph an opothecary, along with the stables, outhouses, buildings, yards, backsides and orchard garden in 1723 to Brewers Rest Fenner of Canterbury.

Flints later took over the premises and in 1849 Brewers Flints purchased the premises for 300.

The street was renumbered in 1965 and has been given a number of different addresses over the years.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 24 August to Saturday, 27 August, 1768. Price 2d.


At the “King's Head Inn,” in High Street, in the City of Canterbury, on Friday next, the 2nd of September, at Two o'Clock in the Afternoon.

THE TOWER of the Parish Church of All Saints, in the said City, with all the Timber and Materials thereto belonging (except the Bells, Lead, and Clock), which will be required to be taken down with all Speed, according to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday 20 May to Wednesday 24 May, 1769. Price 2d.


On Saturday last, (May 20) from the Bar at the “King's Head” in Canterbury.

A Small Silver Mug, nearly the Size of Half a Pint.
With the mark I I M on the front.

If offered to be pawned or sold, it is desired to be stopped.

Half a Guinea Reward will be paid by Mr. Hargrave, at the “King's Head,” if Intelligence can be given of it, so that it may be had again.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 30 March 1819.


On Friday night or early on Saturday morning last, some thieves attempted to carry away the lead from over the door of the "King's Head," in Wincheap-street, in this City, and after forcing it from the holdfasts, and had almost succeeded in getting it down, they were alarmed, and made a quick retreat.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 13 November 1827.

On Saturday se'nnight, a serious accident happened in St. Peters Street, Canterbury, to Mr Hubble, head Ostler at the "Kings Head Hotel," who was driving a spirited horse in a chaise, which becoming unmanageable ran the vehicle against a van, and by the concussion it was overturned, when Mr. Hubble received considerable injury, and we are sorry to say he now lies in a very dangerous state.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 11 September 1920.

Good prices for potatoes.

Messrs. King and Ashingdon held a very successful sale at the "King's Head," Thanington, on Tuesday, of potatoes and other growing crops. The potatoes made from 50 to 84 per Acre with an average of about 65.



BLUNDEN Thomas to 1723 dec'd Edward Wilmot Canterbury

GILES John 1824-40+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

HUBBARD James 1846-58+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847Edward Wilmot CanterburyMelville's 1858

KINGSLAND William 1861+ Census

HUBBARD T 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

BRANCHLEY Mr 1865+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury


BUTCHER S 1874-91+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891 (also carter age 47 in 1881Census)

MAY H G to July/1894 Whitstable Times

MAY Mary a July/1894+ Whitstable Times

Last pub licensee had SHEEPWASH Walter 1901+ (age 66 in 1901Census)

WINTON Thomas Edward 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

SINCLAIR R 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

BEALE A W 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

SLENDER Alfred F 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

GRAY Mark Dr Dec/2015+


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


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

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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