Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Friday, 31 July, 2020.


Earliest 1550s

Fox and Seven Stars

Latest 1759+

(Name to)

Orange Street



Once called Prince of Orange Lane this is now Orange Street.

The pub is found in records as early as 1660 and operating under this name till at least 1759 when an advert that year saw the premises with good stabling to be let. After that year the premises lost its Fox in the title and was referred to as the "Seven Stars."

Under the statute of Edward VI (1547-53) only 4 inns inside the City were allowed to sell wine from the premises, this was one of those houses allotted to do so.

Mentioned in the 1692 licensing list, the following year this was billeting for 8 soldiers.


From a passage from web site Historic Canterbury web site

1660 and 1685 the following inns received a licence. The Crown in St. Mary Bredman, the Sun in St. Alphege, the Chequers in St. Andrews, the Red Lion (formerly the Lion at Hoop) in the High Street, where the licensee is described as a Surgeon; the Three Kings in All Saints, the White Heart in St. Margarets, the Seven Stars in St. Alphege, the Saracen's Head in All Saints and the Rose in St. Andrews"


From an email received 22 July, 2016.


I have a Will dated 17 Jul 1753, Proved 2 Dec 1758 in which one of my ancestors, John Berry, leaves property to his wife Sarah, including:- "Item I give devise and bequeath all that my Leasehold Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtanences situate in the said Parish of Saint Alphage in the City of Canterbury aforesaid called by the name of the "Seven Stars" now in the occupation of Mr Tilby and which I hold by Lease from the Archbishop of Canterbury unto my said dear Wife Sarah Berry for and during so long of the term which shall be to come therein at my decease as she my said Wife shall live and from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife Sarah Berry I give devise and bequeath the said Leasehold Messuage or Tenement and Piece of Ground with the Appurtanences unto my said Son John Berry the Younger his Heirs Executors and Administrators."

As John Berry's Will was proved in 1758, it is highly feasible that this is the property in Canterbury referred to in the Will and in the occupation of Mr Tilby in 1753. As it was to be let in 1759, which coincides with the probate of the Will in 1748, it is possible that although it may have been the 'Fox and Seven Stars', it was referred to as the 'Seven Stars' as early as 1753.

Colleen Jones.



The premises had a body in the cellar of a priest who was said to have drowned in a vat of ale in 1623.



GILL Katherine 1660ish Edward Wilmot Canterbury

TILBY Mr 1753-59+


Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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