Sort file:- Canterbury, May, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 29 May, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1845-

Military Tavern

Latest 1917+

23 King Street / Archbishops Palace



Military Tavern 1898

Above photo circa 1898, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Military Tavern 1920

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe, via Canterbury Collection.

Military Tavern

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Laurie Newman. The "Military Tavern" is the building extreme right.

Canterbury map 1874

Above 1874 map identification by Rory Kehoe.

Military Tavern 1941

Above photo, circa 1941, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Military Tavern locatuion

Above photo and location identification by Rory Kehoe, 2017.

Military Tavern site 2021

Above photo showing the site in November 2021, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Situated on the corner of Knotts Lane.

Originally owned by Edward Cook who was a chimney sweep and coal merchant and dealer in 1838, so he not only sold the coal, but swept the chimneys after application. A Robert Hayes is also listed as chimney weep at the same address but date unknown.

This was classed as a common lodging house when licensee George Barranger was there at the start of the 20th century.

The Historic Canterbury web site also mentions a Thomas Wellard as victualler, but no date given and also Richard Bradford in 1917, but alas doesn't give the occupation. I am assuming he was also the licensee.


From the Kentish Gazette, 9 September 1845.


At the annual licensing on Thursday, the city magistrates renewed one hundred and nineteen licences.

Nine new applicants were granted us follows:— Thomas Attwood, "Old City of Canterbury," Oatenhill; Charles Denham, for the "Queen's Head," Northgate; Henry Clements, for the "Alto Douro," St. George’s-place; Eliz. Clinch. "Plasterers' Arms," Northgate; Joseph Harrison, "Royal George," Northgate; Joseph Hirst, "Dragoon," Military-road; Angel Hyde, "Military Tavern," King-street; George Lilley, "Waggoners' Arms," St. Dunstan; Henry James Page, "Windsor Castle," Bridge-street.


Kentish Gazette, 10 September 1850.

On the annual licensing day (Thursday last) our city magistrates suspended the following licenses:-

"Military Tavern," King Street;

"Eight Bells," King Street;

"Duke of York," Riding Gate;

"Kentish Arms," Jewry Lane;

"Eagle," Whitehorse Lane;

"Golden Cross," Northgate;

"Queen's Head," Northgate;

"City of London," Tower Street;

"Duke's Head," Wincheap;

"True Briton," Northgate;

"Royal George," Northgate;

"Queen's Arms," Northgate; and

"Three Grenadiers," Military Road.


Kentish Gazette, 3 August 1852.

Aaron Randall (not in the calendar) was charged with having assaulted John Lentell, with intent to rob him, at Canterbury, on the 20th April. The prosecutor, at the date in question, kept the "Military Tavern," at Canterbury. The prisoner was a soldier, and, whilst in a state of drunkenness, committed the assault complained of between Sturry and Canterbury. His Lordship said that the prisoner was indicted for a felony and not for a misdemeanour, which he ought to have been, and from a recent alteration in the law, the error could not be amended. Unless, therefore, they were satisfied that he had committed the assault with intent to rob, they must acquit the prisoner.

Not guilty.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 14 February 1903.



I have given notice of objection to the following houses:-

"Military Tavern," King Street.— That the house is used as a common lodging house; that the sanitary arrangements are inadequate and unsatisfactory; that the back door opens into a common yard; that the premises are not properly adapted for police supervision; and that the licence is not required to meet the wants of the neighbourhood.


Superintendent Farmery objected to the renewal on the ground that the house was a common lodging-house for men. There was accommodation for 23, and bad characters, he alleged, often lodged there. It was unfit for human habitation, and the water was not laid on. The sanitary arrangements were unsatisfactory, and the house could not be properly supervised by the police as a back door opened to a common yard.

Mr. H. Knocker (Messrs. Knocker, Knocker, and Holcroft, Sevenoaks) applied for the renewal of the license on behalf of the brewers, Messrs. Bushell and Co.

The Surveyor gave evidence as to the condition of the house, which, he said, in case of fire, would be "a perfect death trap." The upper room had no ventilation at all, the windows being fast.

Mr. Knocker said the owners had spent considerable sums on the house in the eight years it had been their property.

The Chairman said that nothing could be more damnatory than the Surveyors report.

Mr. Knocker addressed the Bench. Messrs. Bushel, he said, had eleven houses in Canterbury, and it was somewhat hard that absentee brewers should have so many of their houses objected to when other brewers had only three or four houses objected to.

The Chairman said that was a statement that should not have been made. The Bench were quite blind as to the ownership of the houses.

Mr. Knocker withdrew the remark unreservedly, and urged the Bench not to withdraw the licence at these sessions. He was appearing for the tenants as well as for the brewers.

The Sessions were then adjourned until February 25th.



HYDE Angel Sept/1847+

LAVENDER William 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

DALE Rebecca 1851-62+ (age 78 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

JOSLIN William 1874-82+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882

WOOD John 1889-91+ Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891

WELLARD Thomas 1891+ (age 41 in 1891Census) Historic Canterbury web site

WRIGHT Amos Solomon 1900+ (Or "Military Tavern")

Last pub licensee had BARRANGER George C 1903-04 dec'd Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BRADFORD Richard 1917 Historic Canterbury web site


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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