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Earliest 1845

Mitre Tavern

Latest Nov 1981

(Name to)

12 The Friars


Mitre 1950

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Mitre Tavern 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Mitre sign 1975

Mitre sign August 1975.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Whitbread sign.

Mitre card 1955Mitre card 1955

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 25.


A "Mitre Inn" was mentioned in the Quarter Sessions List of 1692, but it is not this one and its location is unfortunately not known. This "Mitre" is mentioned in the Licensing Lists of 1845 and 1846 and is one of the few inns to carry any sign with Cathedral connections.

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 "Artisans, shoppers and commercial."

I am informed that by the late 1970s, trade in this pub was so limited that it only sold bottled beer!

This house changed name to the "Canterbury Tales" in November 1981.


From the Kentish Chronicle 22, October 1859.

Thomas Fox, a labourer, was charged with stealing a pair of boots, value 4s. It appeared that the prisoner went to the "Mitre Tavern," St. Peter's, on Sunday, and this morning (Monday) Richard Baker, who lodges there, saw the prisoner walking along High-street in his (Baker's) boots. The prisoner's defence was that he bought them from a recruit. The Bench convicted him and sentenced him to 21 days’ hard labour in the city goal.


From the Whitstable Times, 3 December, 1870.


Thomas Brookwell was summoned for refusing to quit the premises of the “Mitre” public-house, St. Peter's, when requested to do so by the landlord, Stephen Solly. Mr. Minter appeared for the defendant. The complainant said that on Monday afternoon last the defendant came into his house, and called for a pint of beer, which he served him with. After the defendant had been there a short time he (witness) found him sitting in the middle of the room asleep. He aroused him, and found he was drunk. He asked him if he wanted to catch a train, and he replied that he wished to go to bed. He refused him a bed in his house, and requested him to leave the house. He would not do so.

By Mr. Minter:— When he sent for the police the defendant resisted. He went to a Mrs. Lewis and said that unless he got compensation he should take out several summonses. Before this case was decided upon, the defendant was charged with assaulting the complainant. The assault followed the other affair. The complainant alleged that the defendant seized him by the collar, and endeavoured to put him out of the house.

By Mr. Minter:— When he saw a policeman he did not mention to him that the defendant laid his hands on him as he now described. He said to the superintendent that the defendant had assaulted him. Mr. Minter, in his defence, contended that the charge was a paltry, trumpery, and frivolous one, and that it was not sufficiently made out. The police, although engaged in the case, were not called, because the complainant knew they could not corroborate his statement. The complainant instead of standing there to prosecute, ought to be there as defendant in a charge of endeavouring to extort money from Mrs. Lewis. The defendant was almost an idiot, caused by drink and he was as harmless as a lamb. The Bench convicted the defendant of both charges, and fined him 10s. in each case, and costs, which amounted to 30s.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 September, 1931. Price 1d.


Mr. J. Richardson, of the "Mitre," Canterbury, was granted an occasional licence for a marquee at Aylesham, from 12.30 ton 7. p.m., on September 26th, on the occasion of a hospital gymkhana.




MASON Thomas 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

NORTON John 1858+ Melville's 1858

ANDREWS Thomas 1861-67+ (age 40 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

SOLLEY Stephen 1870-71+ (age 45 in 1871Census)

ROBINS/ROBUS Benjamin 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

ROBINS/ROBUS Mary Ann 1878-82+ CensusEdward Wilmot CanterburyPost Office Directory 1882

BELCHAMBER John 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

HARLAND William Richard 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

RICHARDSON J E 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

RICHARDSON Jack 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930


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

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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