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Page Updated:- Thursday, 28 October, 2021.


Earliest 1800s

Old City of Canterbury


(Name to)

2 Oaten Place Hill (18 Oaten Hill)


Old City of Canterbury 1934

Above photo, circa 1934. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old City of Canterbury 1965

Above photograph by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Old City of Canterbury sign 1950s

Above sign circa 1950s, kindly sent by Robert Greenham who says:- This Sign was hanging high up at Whitbread's Beltring Hop Farm (and which, I was told, was subsequently bought by an American).

Old City cardOld City card

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 24.


Not to be confused for the "City of Canterbury" at St. Thomas Hill, this establishment is now called the "Old City Bar."

Oaten Hill is just outside the Canterbury walls and the pub is close to an ancient tumulus, and here, for several hundred years also used to stand the scaffold on which people were executed, including three Roman catholic Priests in 1588.

The pub can be traced back to the early 19th century and originally titled the "City of Canterbury" in 1847, but by 1865 the "Old" had been added, obviously to differentiate it from the other pub with the same name, previously mentioned on this page.

The clientele at the end of the second world war was listed as being Artisans and labouring, some residents.

The pub has been owned and served by Mackeson and Co, Whitbread and Fremlins over the years.

Now 2012, owned and supplied by Shepherd Neame.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 07 September 1819.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs White without reserve.

Lot 31. A Messuage called the "City of Canterbury," a corner house on the New Road from Canterbury to Dover, with the stables, building, land and appurtenances, situate in the Borough of Longport, in the said county, and now in the occupation of William Kennett.


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.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 March, 1863.


On Monday, T. Barton, landlord of the “Brewer’s Delight” was fined 1s. and expenses for having company drinking in his house at a quarter before 12 o'clock a.m. on Sunday. There were five persons in the house, three of whom were from Faversham, and the other two belonging to the city.

Mr. Hogwood, landlord of the “Old City of Canterbury” public house was also fined 1s. and costs for having two people drinking in his house at five minutes before 12 o'clock on Sunday morning. Both offences were proved by Superintendent Davies; who also reported that, during his tour of inspection, on Sunday morning, he found people drinking in three other houses—the “Bridge Inn”, the “Beehive” and the “Nag's Head,” but as the landlords of those houses were not present the cases were not gone into.

The Mayor remarked that if the Superintendent had warned some of the offending landlords to attend, he ought to have warned all, as those who had not been warned would be put to the expense of summonses.


From the Kentish Gazette, 29 June, 1962.

Ladies Dart team 1962

Old City ladies' bat and trap team, winners of Fremlins' Knock-out competition at the Dolphin on Thursday.

Left to right, back: Mrs. I. Dowling, Mrs. R. Hillary, Mrs. L. Spratt, Miss M. Parry, Mrs. J. Merrick, Mrs. G. Edwards.
Front: Mrs. P. Groom, Miss. R. Cullen (captain), Miss P. Sayers.



KENNETT William 1819+

GROOMBRIDGE Mr early 19th century Edward Wilmot Canterbury

ATTWOOD Thomas Sept/1845+

HOGWOOD William 1858-65+ (age 31 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Edward Wilmot Canterbury

HODGSON R 1867-74+ Post Office Directory 1874

BARBER George jun 1881-82+ (age 28 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

POPE G 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

PEMBLE Amy Wills Mrs 1901-03+ (widow age 37 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

SKAM Charles 1911-13+ (age 55 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

PAGE Thomas F 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

WATTS Joseph Alfred 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

BURCH C I I 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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


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