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Earliest 1851-

(Name from)

Man of Kent

Latest 1968

11 Worthgate Place / Pin Hill

(27 Military Road in 1851Census)


Man of Kent 1870

Man of Kent 1870. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Standing outside is the licensee, Edward Yeoman and his family. The two children are his grandsons, Charles and George.

Man of Kent 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Man of Kent 1930s

Above photo circa 1929, kindly supplied by Brian Adams.

Man of Kent 1933

Above photo, circa 1933, possibly showing licensee Edward Ericson kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Man of Kent 1950

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Man of kent 1950

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Taken from Pin Hill the buildings on the left now being under the Wincheap roundabout.

Man of Kent 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Man of Kent 1961

Above photo, May 1961.

Man of Kent 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Man of Kent 1964

Above photo kindly sent by a lady called Jane who says the photo was taken by her Grand-father Frank Elrington in 1964.

Man of Kent 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Man of Kent late 1960s

Above photo kindly sent by Robert Smith. Late 1960s.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.


A 17th century building when built was two cottages just outside the city walls. These were extended to become an inn originally called the "Bull" and mentioned in the 1692 licensing list. This later became the "Man of Kent" and can be traced back for definite to 1874 with this name.

The license was suspended for 14 years due to a compulsory acquisition in May 1968 and the pub closed and converted into a house. However, to keep the name in April the same year the name was transferred to the "Station Hotel" which changed name to this.

At number 13 in the 1900s there used to stand a pub called the "Avenue."


Former Man of Kent front 2015

Former Man of Kent back 2015

Above photos kindly sent by Amber Mullane, showing the former pub in 2015, front and back. Note that part has been removed.


South Eastern Gazette, 1 May, 1860.

Complaint against a Beer-shop Keeper.

At the city petty sessions, on Thursday last, Edward Yeomans, the keeper of the "Man of Kent" beer-shop, recently opened near the Wincheap entrance to the Dane John, was charged with having had his open for the sale of beer during the proscribed hours on the previous Sunday afternoon. Inspector Dodd proved going into the defendant's house at a quarter-past four, when in the tap-room he found ten men sitting. Eight of them (apparently railway labourers) were the worse for liquor; the other two were citizens, and sober. The table had the appearance of having been wiped.

In answer to the charge the defendant said that the eight railway labourers were all lodging in his house, and he denied that they had been served with any drink during service time. He was not aware that the other two men were in the house until Dodd came in. The back door was obliged to be left open for the convenience of his lodgers, who had to go out occasionally to attend to their horses at the railway works.

The Mayor said the Bench must drew their own inference for what purpose the back door was left open. His worship also complained of the nuisance existing at the front of the defendants premises. Perhaps a reprimand would answer in the present instance, as it was not very clear whether any liquor had been served by the defendant during service time, but defendant must bear in mind, that it was an offence even for men to be found drunk in a public-house during church time.

The defendant promised to carry out the injunctions of the bench, and the case was then dismissed.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.


There were nine applications for new licenses, as follow:—

Granted. Isaac Barlow, for the "Tower Inn," Pound-lane.

Elizabeth Martin, for the "Kentish Arms," sic Westgate.

Refused. William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound-lane.

Isaac Pierce, for the "Millers Arms," Pound-lane.

James Henry Robins, for the "Sovereign," Castle-street.

Richard Yeomans, for the "Steam Packet," North-lane.

John Sidney Hawkes, for the "Cannon Inn," Northgate sic.

Edward Yeomans, for the "Man of Kent."

John Gillis, for the "Fortune of War."

A billiard license was granted to William Dilnot Wildish, Parade. Possible "Brewery Tap."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


The applications for new licenses were then made, as follows:-

Edward Yeomans, "Man of Kent," Wincheap. Refused.


Kentish Chronicle, Saturday 3 June 1865.

Canterbury Police Court. Assaulting a Policeman.

A man's name Cherry, a private in the 19th Hussars, was charged with assaulting P.C. Epps, in the execution of his duty, on Sunday night, who was on duty near the "Man of Kent" public house near the entrance to the Dane John. The prisoner was stripped and quarrelling with some countrymen, and when Epps interfered he assaulted him violently.

The constable got assistants and eventually succeeded in locking him up.

The prisoner having been previously convicted and imprisoned for assaults on the police, he was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.




PARKER, Edward of the “Man of Kent” Public House Worthgate Place Canterbury Licensed Victualler died 7 February 1896 to Jane Parker Widow 257 13s 9d.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 9 April 1870.


On Monday, Mr. Delasaux held an inquest on the body of Henry May, when evidence to the following effect was adduced:—

Richard Yeomans, labourer, said he lodged at the “Man of Kent," where the deceased had also been lodging about twelve months. On the previous afternoon hearing a noise in deceased's room, witness went in, and found deceased dead in his bed.

William Pettman, a pensioner, stated that the deceased had been an inmate of the Greenwich Hospital, suffering from disease of the heart, and that he left it thirteen months ago of his own accord.

Mr. Charles Holttum, said he examined the deceased but did not discover any marks of violence on his body.

The jury returned a verdict of "Natural Death.”




YEOMAN Edward 1851-82+ (age 74 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

PARKER Edward 1889-7/Feb/96 dec'd (age 35 in 1891Census) Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891

MOORE George 1901-03+ (age 30 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

PRICE Henry G 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

FITALL Robert 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

ERICSON Edward 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

ROALF Mr & Mrs S 1956-May/68 Edward Wilmot Canterbury


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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site



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