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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1874-

Little Wonder

Latest 1969

56 Military Road


Little Wonder 1920

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Little Wionder 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.


The Inns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot's,1988, mentions a document, date circa 1945 that gives the description of clientele at the pub as being "Locals and soldiers."

The license was suspended in 1970 having been transferred to the Brewery Secretary a year earlier.

The house was in the same family from the earliest I can trace it, the licensee being Stephen Maple, he was living with his wife Emma, daughter Mary Ann, and sons Stephen and George. I believe his son Stephen took over the licence of the pub but to date do not know when, both father and son having the same first name.

The inn being just past Notley Street would put it roughly where the Dairy Crest Limited Canterbury Depot is today.

Little Wonder was a racehorse, which made racing history in 1840, when he won the Derby at odds of 50/1. As a consequence, several British pubs were named/re-named in his honour. Little Wonder went on to be the nickname adopted by the champion, bare-knuckle prize fighter, Thomas Sayers, in the 1850s. Only 5'8 tall, Sayers only lost one fight, despite taking on taller, heavier fighters, in bouts lasting, on average, 34 rounds! I do not yet know whether the pub was named after any of the above.


Area of the Little Wonder 2009

Above picture from Google July 2009, shows the position where the pub would have been, I believe.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 2 February 1935.

To Court From Prison.

Two Chatham men on charges of alleged false pretences.

Harry Burgess, Crosskeys, Chartham, and John Wickenden, Council Houses, Shalmsford Street, Chartham, who that week had been sentenced to six months' and 2 months' hard labour respectively at Tunbridge Wells on a charge of obtaining cigarettes by false pretences - 10 other similar charges from Faversham, Sittingbourne, Dover, etc., were taken into consideration - appeared at Canterbury Police Court on Friday on charges of obtaining by false pretence and with intent to defraud from Horace Harold Eyers, 2,200 cigarettes of the value of 3 16s., the property of Messrs. Reynolds (Canterbury), Ltd., on December 28th, and from Richard J. D. Cooper, 2,400 cigarettes, of the value of 4 4s. 10d., the property of Messra. Theobald and Sons, Canterbury.

Detective Sergeant Port stated that when he cautioned and charged the prisoners that morning at the Guildhall, both replied "Correct."

One of the prisoners asked why there were only two charges, and Detective Sergeant Port said that two other outstanding charges would be mentioned during the case.

On this evidence the prisoners were remanded in custody until tomorrow (Friday).

Arthur Short Nicholson, the "Little Wonder," Military Road, Canterbury, appeared on remand of charges of receiving 2,200 cigarettes, well knowing them to have been stolen, on or about December 28th, also receiving 1,400 cigarettes, to the value of 2 4s. 2d., on January 14th.

Evidence at the previous hearing was to the effect that when charged prisoners replied:- "When I took the first parcel of cigarettes from Wickenden he told me he was working for a cut price firm. He introduced his pal, Burgess, to me, and I paid 30s. a 1,000 for the 10's and 23s. a 1.000 for the 5's. I did not know the cigarettes was stolen.

On the application of the Chief Constable (Mr. G. T. Hall), a further remand was granted until today (Friday). Bail was granted in Nicholson's one recognisance's of 20, and that other of a surety for a similar amount.

Early in the morning, the licence of the "Little Wonder," on the application of Nicholson, was temporarily transferred to Mr. Arthur E. Fullager, Secretary of Messrs. Fremlins.

Mr. A. K. Mowll (for Nicholson) asked the Magistrates to accept short notice as it was a matter of expediency.



MAPLE Stephen 1874-1913+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Edward Wilmot Canterbury

MAPLE S (possibly son Stephen) 1913-30+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

NICHOLSON Arthur Short to Feb/1935

FULLAGER Arthur E Feb/1935+ (Sec to Fremlins)

BRADFORD George 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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


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