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Earliest 1863-

Bricklayer's Arms

Latest 1907

(Name to)

265 Sturry Road


Bricklayers Arms 1907

Above picture showing the remains of the "Bricklayer's Arms" in 1907.


Active in 1887 when it was purchased by Rigdens, knocked down and rebuilt the following year, however, a fire in 1907 saw the premises rebuilt a second time, and this time when it opened the name had changed to the "Rising Sun." Or perhaps, according to the passage below, it was already the "Rising Sun" at the time of the fire.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.


Notwithstanding the existence of 160 licensed houses for the sale of spirits in Canterbury, at the city annual licensing day, on Thursday, there were seven applications made for new licenses, three only were sanctioned, viz., to the “Tally Ho,” Notley street; “Dolphin,” St, Radigund’s street; and the “Bricklayers’ Arms,” Sturry-road. The old licenses were all renewed, those parties who during the year had been summoned for misconducting their houses being cautioned by the magistrates.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 26 September, 1863.

Warner v. Dunk.

This was a claim for 15s. for rent due at 1s. 6d. per week, and the plaintiff also sought the power of the Court to get rid of his tenant.

Plaintiff is landlord of the “Bricklayers' Arms” beer-shop, at the corner of Church-street, St. Mildred's, in this city, and had let to the defendant a room at the back of his premises, for which he (the defendant) agreed to pay the above rental, and did so for a few weeks, but then set up a claim of ownership of the whole estate. Mr. Warner, however, not liking Dunk either as landlord or tenant, sought the aid of the County Court to get rid of him in either capacity, and also to compel payment of the arrears of rent due according to agreement made.

Mr. Delasaux appeared for the defendant, and stated that the premises evidently did once belong to his client’s family, and that no clear title to the estate could be shown by any other claimant.

His Honour said the title to the estate could not be pleaded in that Court; it was shown that the plaintiff was the tenant of other parties, and had hired to defendant this part of the tenement, for which he has a right to be paid, and also to obtain re-possession by giving the required notice, and which as plaintiff he had already done. Consequently the verdict for the plaintiff was recorded.


Kentish Gazette, 15 March, 1870.

Beer House Offence.

Wm. Mackenzie, landlord of the “Brick Makers Arms,” Sturry Road, was fined 20s. and 9s. costs for having on Sunday, the 6th instant, sold beer during prohibited hours.

The case was proved by Inspector Andrews.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 19 March 1870.


William McKemsey, landlord of the "Bricklayer's Arms," Sturry Road, was charged with opening his house for the sale of beer at a prohibited time, viz., twenty minutes to eleven in the morning of Sunday last.

Inspector Andrews said that after various endeavours on the part of the police to detect the defendant, several complaints having been made to them, he succeeded in doing so on this occasion when he found in the house three men with some beer before them. The landlord had been in the habit of keeping a watch for the police, and when witness spoke to him about the offence, defendant observed that if he had been up to business he should have seen him coming.

The defendant was represented by his wife, who admitted the offence, and the Bench inflicted a fine of 1; costs, 9s.



A disastrous fire occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, 17th March 1907, when the Rising Sun public house in Sturry Road, Canterbury was completely gutted. Mr Legge, who was the licensee, locked up the premises at 11pm the previous evening, but was awakened at about a quarter to four by smoke fumes. He hastily aroused his stepdaughter, Miss Cashford, and his granddaughter. They rushed out onto the roof of the house porch, dressed in their night attire and were quickly helped down by some people who had arrived on the scene. A few moments after their prompt escape, the plate glass window in the bar at the front broke and flames burst out, soon engulfing the whole building. The outbreak of the fire was attributed to the smouldering and eventual bursting into flames of sawdust on the floor in the public bar, caused by the thoughtless throwing down of a lighted match or the knocking out of ashes from a pipe.



WARNER Mr 1863+ Kentish Chronicle

McKEMSEY/MACKENZIE William 1870+ Whitstable Times


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle


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