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Earliest 1836-

Oddfellows Arms

Latest 1971

61 (8) St. Peter's Place


Oddfellows Arms 1909

Above photo, showing the floods on 20th October 1909.

Oddfellows Arms 1909

Above photo 20 October 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Oddfellows Arms 1941

Above photo 1941, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Oddfellows Arms 1965

Above photograph by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Oddfellows Arms 1969

November 1969, Showing the "Oddfellows Arms" on the left.

Oddfellopws Arms sign date unknown

Above sign, date unknown taken from the Historic Canterbury web site.

Former Odfellows Arms 2009 Former Odfellows Arms 2009

Above pictures taken from Google, July 2009.

Oddfellows Arms

Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.


Found as early as 1838 and mentioned as being at 8 St. Peter's Place in 1864. Rigden's purchased the building in 1844 for 650.

A Police Report of 1851 prosecuted the landlady, Elizabeth Forbes for serving after hours.

The pub closed in 1971 and is now a private house but as of 1988 a front window still advertised Rigden's Fine Ale.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 July 1837.


A Free Public House, in good trade, and Three Houses, in Saint Peter’s-place, Canterbury.


ON THURSDAY, the 13th day of July, 1837. at the "Odd Fellows' Arms," St. Peter's Place, Canterbury, at three o’clock in the afternoon precisely, in three lots.

Lot 1:— All that newly erected FREE PUBLIC HOUSE, in good trade, called the "Odd Fellows' Arms," with the yard, garden, and appurtenances to the same belonging, situate, lying, and being at or near a certain new road or street called Saint Peter’s Place, in the parish of Saint Peter the Apostle, in the city of Canterbury, and now in the occupation of George Goodban.

This lot is subject to a lease granted by Mr. Richard Moore to Messrs. Bennett, Pratt, and Bennett, Wine and Spirit Merchants, for the term of seven years, commencing from the first day of January last, at the yearly of 20, payable quarterly.

Lot 2:— A newly erected MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, with the yard, garden, and appurtenances to the same belonging, and adjoining Lot 1, in St. Peter's Place aforesaid, and now in tbe occupation of James Harris, as tenant at will, at the yearly rent of 16.

Lot 3:— Two newly built COTTAGES, with the gardens and appurtenances thereto belonging, situated at the bottom of St. Peter’s Place aforesaid, one of which is now occupied by Mr. Samuel Legge, and the other untenanted.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Robert Sankey, Solicitor; Mr. Robert Walker, Solicitor; or to the Auctioneers, Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette, 27 February 1844.


Feb 20, in Wincheap, Canterbury, after a lingering illness. Mr. George Goodband, aged 32, late landlord of the "Odd Fellows' Arms," St. Peter's Place.


Kentish Gazette, 26 March 1844.


March 22. in St. Peter's place, Canterbury, Mrs. Blissett, of the "Odd Fellows' Arms."


Kentish Gazette, 23 September 1851.


This was an adjourned day for granting licences, there being on the bench the Mayor, Aldermen Cooper, Brent, and Plummer, and Mr. Sprakeling.

Elizabeth Forbes, of the "Odd Fellows' Arms," St. Peter’s-place, was called upon to answer an information alleging her to have drawn beer on Sunday morning, during the hours of Divine Service. She admitted the offence, so far as the beer having been drawn, but stated that it was in requital for the services of a man who had been gathering her grapes. Taking this as a little in extenuation, the bench fined her in the mitigated penalty of 1s. and costs, amounting to 10s. altogether, which was immediately paid.


Kentish Gazette, 6 January 1852.


Three beer sellers, Walter Charles, St. Margaret's-street; ("Divan") Mrs, Forbes, of the "Odd Fellow's Arms," St. Peter's-place; and John Murphy, of the "Carpenters Arms," Black Griffin-lane, were summoned for infringement of the law, the first for having his house open beyond the prescribed hour at night, and the other two for having company in their house on the Sunday morning. The first mentioned was fined 1, and 10s. costs; and what added to the gravity of his offence was, though it appeared no part of the charge, that some of the magistrates, whose duty it is to preserve and see to the observance of the law, were breakers of it. Murphy was fined 10s. and costs, and Mrs. Forbes' case dismissed as not being complete, the company having only just entered her house, and not had time to obtain liquor; beside which, the plausible excuse was devised that they had merely come in to warm themselves.


Kentish Gazette, 21 September 1852.

Thursday. Licensing.

This being the adjourned licensing day, those parties, whose licences had been suspended, again attended, and after receiving animadversion for their irregularity of conduct, had their licences granted, but with a decided caution that if again complaints were made against them they would not have their licences in future.

These parties were:- John Stairs, of the "Eight Bells," King Street;

John Noble, "Kentish Arms;"

George Kilner, "City of London;"

John Jordan, "White Heart;"

John Gillis, "Bricklayers' Arms;"

Elizabeth Forbes, "Oddfellows Arms;"

John Murphy, "Carpenter's Arms;"

Richard Wellard, "George and Dragon," Westgate;

Joseph Pentecost, "Royal George;"

and George Crow, "Rose and Crown."

Applications for New Licences.

Thomas Rodgers, of the "Sir Robert Peel" beer shop;

David Tuthwell, "True Britain;"

and Edward Gordon, "Pine Apple,"

applied for spirit licences, but which were refused.


Kentish Gazette, 22 August 1854.


Forbes:- Aug. 10, at St. Peter's Place, Canterbury, Mrs. Forbes, landlady of the "Odd Fellows' Arm," aged 76.


Kentish Gazette, 11 January, 1876.


Yesterday, shortly after noon, Mr. Coroner Delasaux opened an inquest at the "Odd Fellows' Arms," at Peter's Place on the body of Samuel Riley, a private in the 13th Hussars. It appeared from the evidence that on Saturday evening the deceased went to St. Stephen's and from thence walked, with a young woman named Julia Medhurst, into Canterbury, when in the Water Lane, near Westgate, and while talking cheerfully he fell down, and shortly afterwards died. Mr. Holttum was called in, but it was too late to render any service. Subsequently the same gentleman made an examination of the body and found a large clot of blood near the heart, indicating a rupture when he said accounted for death, and was a natural cause.

The jury returned a verdict accordingly.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 3 March 1900. Price 1d.


An inquest was held by the City Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson), at the “Oddfellows' Arm,” St. Peter's Place, Canterbury, on Tuesday evening, touching the death of John Honker, aged 56, a bacon curer in the employ of Messrs. Cox and Scott, provision merchants, who came by his death under particularly sad circumstances on the previous Saturday - the result of burns sustained on Wednesday through accidentally failing into a fire while at work.

Mr. T. Underhill represented the firm of Messrs. Cox and Scott.

Sarah Hooker stated that she was the wife of deceased end lived at 38, St. Peter's Place. The deceased left home on the previous Wednesday in his usual health except that he was suffering from a slight cold. He came home to dinner and went back to work. At about six o'clock he was brought home in a van having been severely burned while at work. Mr. Prentice was sent for and prescribed for deceased. On Thursday be seemed a little better, but on Friday he became worse and died on Saturday at 5.15 p.m. Deceased only said he struck a match to light the fire. He had been employed by the firm for nearly thirty years.

Charles Strand, leading warehouseman at Messrs. Cox and Scott's, stated that he lived at 34. St. Peter's Place. He had been employed at the warehouse for over twenty-nine years. The deceased was seen at ten minutes to five on Wednesday afternoon rolling a barrel of dust to put on the fire where bacon was cared. A warehouseman named Pemble saw smoke coming from the room. Witness went down and saw the deceased about eighty feet away from the store. Fire was falling off the deceased's back. As witness could not put the flames out be pulled the clothes off deceased as quickly as he could. He then sat the deceased down and sent home for some clothes. Eventually witness sent the deceased home in one of the firm's vans in charge of two men. On his arrival home witness carried him indoors and advised a doctor being sent for immediately. The deceased was accustomed to the work and quite capable of doing it.

Edward P. Pemble, a warehouseman corroborated.

Mr. Z. Prentice stated that he was sent for to attend the deceased on Wednesday. He was suffering from severe burns. The cause of death was burns and shock.

The Coroner summed up and the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

Mr. Underhill mentioned that the firm had always had the greatest confidence in the deceased.



MOORE Richard 1836+ Kentish Gazette

GOODBAND George 1838-Feb/44 dec'd age 32 Pigot's Directory 1840

FORBES Elizabeth 1847-10/Aug/54 dec'd (age 74 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Edward Wilmot Canterbury

CLINCH James 1858+ Melville's 1858

WARD Thomas 1861+ Census

GERRISH W 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

ALLEN Mary Ann to Jan/1864 Kentish Chronicle

ALLEN Sydney Henry Jan/1864+ Kentish Chronicle

DYBALL Matthew 1867-74+ (age 77 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

BUTLER Charles 1881-82+ (age 44 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882Historic Canterbury web site

NORRIS George 1891+ (manager age 26 in 1891Census)

GOLDSMITH T W 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

GOLDSMITH Richard Cooper 1903-11+ (also general metal worker age 46 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

STIGGER F 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

STIGGER Mrs Elizabeth 1917-22+ Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1922

DUNK William J 1930-41+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

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

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

Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle


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