Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1665-


Latest 1847+

(Name to)

14 St Margaret's Street



Traced back to 1828 the pub continued in the name of "Mermaid" to between 1838 and 1858 when it changed name to the "Freemasons Tavern."


Further research has turned up the following passage from the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle of 1768. I originally thought this was a new pub in the village of St. Margaret's, but the words Wincheap Without prove it to be this address in St. Margaret's Street, Canterbury, and thus pre-dating its known existence to 1768.

Further research sent to me from a Michelle Jackson has turned up a burial entry in the register of St Margaret's in Canterbury, dated 1665. An entry in the registry is for "George Sparrow at ye maremaide buried the 17 of December 1665". I am going to assume he was once licensee at the same.


From the Kentish Gazette, Saturday, 20 August to Wednesday, 24 August, 1768. Price 2d


On Tuesday Night last, out of the Grounds of Mr. Gurney, without Wincheap Gate. A Bay Horse about 14 Hands high, with a long swish black Tail and Mane; the Shoes, which are new put on, are marked II. Whoever will bring the said Horse to the “Mermaid,” St. Margaret's, or give information of him, so that he may be had again, shall be rewarded for their trouble, and all Expenses defrayed by me.

Robert Noyes.

Canterbury Aug. 23.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 January 1774.


On Tuesday Evening, the 4th of Instant, between Canterbury and Halfway House to Dover.


Containing three Shirts, two Neckcloths, two Pair of Stockings, a Pair of Boot Stockings, a Pair of Shoes, a Pair of Boot Shoes, a Pair of Gloves, and two Books.

Whoever has found the aforesaid Sack, and will bring the same to Mr. Noyse, at the “Mermaid”, Canterbury, or to Mr. Palmer at the “White Horse” in Bridge, or to Mrs, Gibson at the “Royal Oak” in Dover, shall receive HALF A GUINEA Reward.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 15 October 1813.


Jane Furley, begs leave to return thanks for the many favours she has received from her friends, and to inform them she has quitted the above inn, in favour of Thomas Hogben, who earnestly requests a continuance of their favours, which he will endeavour to deserve by constant attention to their commands. Gentlemen travellers will find good beds, choice liquors, and their horses will be attended to.

Oct. 11, 1813. Thomas Hogben, respectfully informs his friends and the public, that his Coach from Faversham to Canterbury, continues to run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and will in future be put up at the "Mermaid Inn."



SPARROW George to 17/Dec/1665 dec'd

NOYSE Mr 1774+

FURLEY Jane to Oct/1913

HOGBEN Thomas Oct/1813+

SIMMONDS James Toke/Joke 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Historic Canterbury web site

BEER Thomas Millen 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

MILLEN Thomas 1832+ Historic Canterbury web site

FOREMAN George Ben 1838+ Stapletons GuideHistoric Canterbury web site

GINDER Olive 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847


Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847


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