Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1847-

Lord Nelson

Latest 1891+

5 Knott's Lane


Lord Nelson 1890

Above photo, circa 1890, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing "Moses" Jackson, who was a scrap metal dealer and general merchant, whose business and home was located at 18, Knott's Lane. The pub on the right is advertising Dunville's VR Whiskey and may be the "Lord Nelson."

Lord nelson 1936

Above photo circa 1936, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The picture was taken when Knotts Lane/Staplegate Place are was scheduled for slum clearance. The building indicated is the 5th up from St. Radigund's St. But previous information is a little vague "Knott's Lane buildings which backed onto Staplegate Place, where Homespire House now stands." Homespire House stands adjacent to where the "Lord Nelson" stood, so I am hoping this is correct.

Canterbury map 1874

Above location identified on the 1874 map by Rory Kehoe.

Lord Nelson location 2017

Above photo and identification by Rory Kehoe September 2017.


Unfortunately most of the buildings down this Lane have been removed and built upon. Although I have managed to trace the pub from 1858 to 1891 at present, the building itself is much older and in 1838 there was a Moses Nathan living there and listed under Foreign Fruit Merchants. 1917, says C Simpson, Bootmaker was living there.


From the Whitstable Times, 5 April, 1902.


The City Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson) held an inquest at the “Lord Nelson Inn,” Knott’s Lane, Canterbury, on Wednesday last, touching the death of the stillborn child of Charles and Emily Fairbrass, living in Knott’s Lane. The father worked at Mr. Cooper’s farm, at Hoath.

Amelia Sullivan, of Church Cottages, admitted that she was not a certified nurse. She attended at the birth, but was under the impression there would be a doctor present. The child was a full grown one, but there was no life at its birth. She advised the mother to send for Mr. Rigden.

In answer to the Coroner witness said she put the child in a bath to satisfy the mother there was no life in it, although she was quite satisfied herself.

Mr. Brian Rigden said it was a case of the child being stillborn, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.



STAINES John 1847-82+ (age 51 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1882

HOOLE Mrs Louise 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891


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

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891


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