Sort file:- Canterbury, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 March, 2023.


Earliest 1861-

(Name from)

New Inn

Open 2023+

19 Havelock Street


01227 464584

New Inn New Inn New Inn sign

Above photos taken by Paul Skelton, 19 May 2012.

New inn 1991New Inn 1991

New Inn sign left July 1991, sign right July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

New Inn

Photo date unknown from by John Law.

New Inn 1965

Above photograph taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Robinson family 1900

Above photo showing Richard's son Edward Francis and Leonora Annie Robinson with their children circa 1900. Kindly sent by Stephen Crowhurst. According to the 1881 census Richard Henry Robinson is the Licensee of the "Queens Arms Inn" Deal and the 1891 has him as the Licensee of the "New Inn," Canterbury. They were still in the "New Inn" on the 28th April 1894 when there son Edward Francis Robinson left the Royal Artillery. I was told that he bought himself out of the army to help his parents due to illness. They then went back too the "Queens Arms Inn" Deal and eventually the son Edward Francis Robinson took over the Licensee until he went to the First World War and his wife Leonora Annie Robinson took over the Licensee until it became too much for her and looking after 9 children.

Above photo showing Richard & Julia Robinson. Kindly sent by Stephen Crowhurst.

Kurt & Margaret Temel

Above photo, date unknown, showing licensees Kurt & Margaret Temel.

Gill Keay 2023

Above photo 8 March 2023. showing Gill Keay, stalwart of Canterbury CAMRA and the organiser of 40 Kent Beer Festivals. Kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


Originally operating as the "Vines" this establishment was listed as the "New Inn" by 1861. However, Kelly's directory managed to call this "Ye Vines" in 1900.

The "New Inn" was an Ind Coope House, previously Bushell, Watkins and Smith. Bushell's of Westerham bought (from solicitors acting as liquidators/administrators) the small tied estate of the Original Brewery, Broad Street, Canterbury, which was owned/bankrupted by Mr Alfred Beer (related to Edwin?) Not to be confused with George Beer (brother of Alfred) of the Star Brewery, Broad Street. Both sons of William Beer, of the St Augustine's Brewery, who (it would appear) did not get on, hence the rival breweries over the road from each other!


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 May, 1863.


On Saturday evening an inquest was opened it the “New Inn,” Havelock-street, Canterbury, before Mr. Delasaux, coroner, and a respectable jury, to investigate the circumstances attending the death of Edward Cogan a trumpeter in the 21st Hussars. The deceased had only recently joined the 21st Hussars, having exchanged from another regiment. On the 10th inst. he left the barracks without leave, and returned again about half-past 10 o’clock on the night of the 14th, when he was placed under arrest and confined in the guard-room. About half past 10 o'clock on the following morning he was seen by the sergeant in charge, to fall off the bench on which he was sitting, and, though assistance was rendered him, he died almost instantly.

The inquiry was adjourned until Monday evening to give time for a post mortem examination of the body. On Monday evening when the jury re assembled. Assistant Surgeon Macarthur deposed that he had made a post mortem examination of the body. It was in a healthy state, and death did not appear to have resulted from apoplexy. On examining the stomach he observed an odour of Prussic acid, which had been faintly perceptible from the first opening of the body.

The jury, after deliberating first for a abort time, returned a verdict that the deceased died from the effects of Prussic acid, but how or by whom administered there was no evidence to show.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


Before the Mayor (H. B. Wilson, Esq.), and J. G. Drury, Esq.

The licences of the following house was transferred:— The "New Inn," Havelock street the executors of the late Mr. Gibbon Ladd to Richard H. Robinson.


From the Kentish Gazette, 9th May, 1978.

Publican Sean O'Malley is leaving, frozen out because of lack of trade - there is seldom anyone in the bar, Mr. O'Malley claims his regulars have ostracised him and his pretty wife carol and now the couple, who have been at the pub for just over a year, have decided to call it a day.

"Takings of 500 a week," said Mr. O'Malley, "have fallen to 100." he said he banned customers under the age of 14 and refused to open early or stay open unless he has an extension. he also refused to "serve people who swear."



The pub obviously survived the above episode and is now thriving very well indeed and is the nearest public house to Christ Church College and attracts a lot of their clientele.


New Inn Katrina Macleane 2021

Above photo showing licensee Katrina MacLean in 2020 celebrating the completion the first part of the New Inn's new Air B&B letting accommodation.



LADD Gibbon 1861-June/84+ (age 68 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874Edward Wilmot CanterburyPost Office Directory 1882Canterbury Journal

ROBINSON Richard Henry June/1884-July/94 Next pub licensee had (age 45 in 1891Census) Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891Whitstable TimesCanterbury Journal

BEER Edwin July/1894-1903+ (age 50 in 1901Census) Whitstable TimesPost Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BACK James 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

JONES James H 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

SMALL Nicholas George 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

O'MALLEY Sean 1977-78 Edward Wilmot Canterbury

TEMEL Kurt & Margaret 1982-18/July/2008

MACLEAN Katrina 18/July/2008-22+


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

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

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette


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