Sort file:- Canterbury, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1830

Princess Royal

Latest 1874-

(Name to)

26 Military Road



The pub was built by Richard Crofts in 1830 and eventually changed its name to the "Yew Tree."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 21 April, 1860.


(Before the Mayor. W. Brock. Esq., and Captain Love.)

Joseph Johnson, a "navvy," was brought up in custody on a charge of stealing a purse, containing 27s, and two pawn tickets from the person of William Hardy, at the "Princess Royal" public-house, Military Road, on Saturday. It appeared that the parties were drinking at the house in question, when Hardy fell asleep. Another "navvy" saw the prisoner put his hand into Hardy's pocket, and on being awoke, Hardy discovered that he had lost his purse. In the meantime, however, the prisoner had left the house, but the sum of 14s. was afterwards found in an outbuilding to which he had access. On Sunday Hardy met the prisoner in Canterbury, and gave him into custody. When the case was called upon this morning, the prosecutor did not appear, and the prisoner was consequently discharged.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


Most of the old licenses were renewed, but those of the following publicans were left for consideration until an adjourned licensing day (the 12th inst.) in consequence of complaints having been made of the way in which the houses have been conducted. Robert Whittaker, "Princess Royal," Northgate; Thomas Denne, "Wellington," Broadstreet; Richard Drew, "Three Grenadiers," Military Road; William Taylor, "True Britton," Northgate; and Charles Moore, the "Cock," Westgate.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 13 April, 1867. Price 1d.


William Whittaker, landlord of the “Princess Royal,” in the parish of St. Gregory, was charged with refusing admittance, to his house, to one Sidney Marsh, a police constable, on Sunday, 31st ult.

P.C. Marah stated that on Sunday week last, he was on duty in the pariah of St. Gregory, and heard screams of murder and a great uproar in the defendant's house, at about a quarter to twelve at night. He went to the house and knocked at the door. Some one asked him, from inside the house, who it was, and the constable replied that he was a policeman. He was then told that he could not go in. He then went round the back way and opened a gate, and went in. He there saw a woman, and told her his errand. She said she did not care a _____ for either him or the Magistrates.

The Superintendent having stated that house was conducted in a very irregular manner.

The Magistrates fined prisoner 20s. and the costs (9s), which he paid.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 16 September 1871.

Annual Licensing Meeting.

The Superintendent of Police reported to the Magistrates the following houses where prostitutes were kept, viz., the "Roebuck," "True Briton," "Lord Clyde," "Princess Royal," "Crown and Anchor," "Brewers' Delight," "Clarence Inn," and "Kentish Arms," and on the applicants applying they were each cautioned in severe terms by the Mayor, and on their promising to behave better in future the licences were renewed. The business was transacted rapidly. The adjourned sessions are fixed for the 21st instant.



YEOMANS Edward 1847-58+ (also shop-keeper) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858

WHITTAKER William Robert 1861-67 (age 28 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

YEOMAN R 1867+


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862



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