Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1639-


Latest 1852+

(Name to)

14 St Margaret's Street



Traced back to 1649 the pub continued in the name of "Mermaid" to between 1838 and 1858 when it changed name to the "Freemasons Tavern."

The licensee in 1849 was a Daniel Richardson who was described as being a 22 year bachelor of Canterbury when he obtained a marriage licence from Canterbury Cathedral on the 14th Jan 1639, his occupation being that of a ‘Tapster’.

Between 1639-1644 he was described as being an Innholder’ on several marriage licences, Daniel acting as a Bondsman in each case.

When he died in July 1666 he was buried at the Church of St Margaret in Canterbury.

I think its reasonable to assume Daniel had been in the brewery trade from at least the late-1630’s and that he was certainly the landlord of the "Mermaid" by 1639. He was still working as a landlord around the mid-1640’s but had possibly left the "Mermaid" by the mid-1660’s? (given George Sparrow appears to have been residing there when he died in 1665). Daniel obviously remained in the parish however as he was buried at St Margaret’s in 1666.


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.


Kentish Post 6 September 1740.

Stolen from Folkestone on Wednesday night last, a brown mare, 14 hands high, very hollow-eyed, a little white speck on her forehead, two marks of old rowels behind, and a little wrung on each side by the pinions; whoever gives notice to the "Mermaid" in Canterbury, or the "Three Tuns" in Folkestone, so as the mare may be recovered again, shall receive half a Guinea reward, and reasonable charges.


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 Gazette, 7 March, 1806.


Monday night, in this city, after a long illness, Mr. Thomas Simmonds, formerly master of the "Mermaid Inn."


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."


From the Kentish Gazette, 27 March 1838.


RESPECTFULLY announces to his Friends, the Citizens, and Residents of the Neighbourhood, that his OPENING DINNER will take place on TUESDAY, the Tenth of April next, when the company of themselves and friends will be esteemed a favor.

Tickets, including waiters and dessert, 5s., to be had at the Bar. Dinner on Table at Four o'clock.


From the Kentish Gazette, 2 December 1845.


W. GINDER takes this opportunity of thanking his Friends, and the public generally for the very liberal support he has received; and begs to inform them that his annual HOP BETTING DINNER will take place on THURSDAY Next, DECEMBER the 4th. 1815.

Dinner on Table at Four o'clock.


From the Kentish Gazette, 10 March 1846.


Ginder.— March 4, in St. Margaret’s street, Canterbury, Mr. William Ginder, of the "Mermaid lnn," aged 56.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 April 1848.

TO LET, with immediate possession,


For Particulars apply to Mr. Pout, House and Estate Agent, High-street, Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 April 1848.

The "Mermaid Tavern," St. Margaret’s-street.

Since the advertisement of this house to let, was in type, we have learned that Mr. Christie late of the "White Horse Tavern," has become the landlord.


Kentish Gazette, 6 March 1849.


Christie:— March 4, aged 41 years, Sarah Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Edward Thomas Christie, of the "Mermaid Inn," St. Margaret's, Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette, 24 April 1849.


E. T. CHRISTY RETURNS his thanks for the liberal patronage he has received since taking the above old-established House, and assures his Customers that he shall continue to supply the very best of Wines and Liquors, &c., and by so doing hopes to merit their future favors.

Dinners dressed on the shortest notice.

Good Beds and Stabling, loose boxes, and lock-up Coach houses.

Dinner on Market Days at five o'clock precisely. Superior London Porter, Bass's India and fine Country Ales.


Kentish Gazette, 13 January 1852.

The Annual Hop Settling took place at the "Mermaid Inn," St. Margaret's, on Tuesday last, when several gentlemen sat down to an excellent dinner. To enliven the evening, the services of Mr. Farquharson Smith were secured, who sang several of his choice songs.

The duty for 1852 was set at 155,000.


Kentish Gazette, 5 October 1852.


A MEETING of the Citizens and Inhabitants of CANTERBURY will take place at the "MERMAID INN," St. Margaret's, on THURSDAY, the 7th October instant, at Eight o'clock p.m., for the purpose of adapting such measures as will accrue the continuation of the Cricket Club and the August Week, at Canterbury.




RICHARDSON Daniel 1639-49+

SPARROW George to 17/Dec/1665 dec'd

NOYSE Mr 1774+

SIMMONDS Thomas to Mar/1806 dec'd

FURLEY Jane to Oct/1813

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 William 1841-4/Mar/46 dec'd (age 52 in 1851Census)

GINDER Olive (daughter) 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847 (age 26 in 1851Census)

Last pub licensee had CHRISTIE Edward Thomas 1848-49+


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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