Sort file:- Canterbury, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 25 August, 2021.


Earliest 1867-

Princess Alexandra

Latest 1914+

(Name to)

30 Northgate Street


Inside the theatre

Above shows the inside of the theatre circa 1988.

Panel inside theatre

Above showing one of the panels at the now "Penny Theatre."


Also known as the Alexandra Music Theatre, the premises continued with its theatrical performances till at least 1898 when it unfortunately failed as a theatre, however, the the premises was still licensed till 1903, so the odd performance may have continued.

A balcony inside is believed to have been added in 1860. Its fronts being decorated with 38 paper panels painted in somewhat naive manner, most of them with pictures which seem to form part of a dramatic narrative. The pictures look rather earlier than the hall and are traditionally said to have come from a pleasure garden nearby.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 16 November 1867. Price 1d.


William Thompson, landlord of the “Princess Alexandria,” was charged with keeping open his house at unlawful hours, on Sunday morning last.

The charge was proved by P.C. Oakenfull, who deposed that he was on duty last Saturday night in Northgate-street, and at about a quarter past one on Sunday morning he saw a soldier and a female come out of the “Princess Alexandria.” This induced him to knock at the door of the house, and the landlord admitted him into the bar, where witness saw some pots containing liquor. There were four men in the bar, one of whom witness was acquainted with.

Defendant said that the evidence the policeman had given was perfectly correct. The men were musicians, and he gave them something to drink before they left.

Fined 2a. and 8s. costs.



THOMPSON William 1867-68+ Whitstable TimesGreens Canterbury Directory 1868

YELF J 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

BAILEY Benjamin to Nov/1879 South Eastern Gazette

REYNOLDS Thomas Nov/1879+ South Eastern Gazette

CRITTENDEN James 1881+ Census

COLLINGS Robert 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1882

DANIELS George 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

Last pub licensee had FOREMAN James Thomas 1893+

HILL J J 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BOLT Adam 1914+


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's 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

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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