Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1802-

(Name from)

White Horse

Latest 1848+

(Name to)

15 High Street



According to Edward Wilmot in his book "Inns of Canterbury" this house was originally called the "Queen's Head," changing name to the "White Horse" in 1837 and then the "Chequers" for a few years until 1848 when it changed name again to the "Bell." I believe this happened just after Edward Christie left in March 1848.

Further research shows that John Elvery was licensee in 1828, so the pub obviously changed name in or some time before this year. Also I have found reference to Edward Christie being licensee in 1847. However, further information in the Pigot's Directory of 1824 identified this as the "Chequers" again so I have no idea when the name changed, unless it's been the "Chequers" on more than one occasion.


Kentish Gazette 21 September 1802.

Saturday evening last, two men dressed as sailors went into the "White Horse," in High Street, where they took such unwarrantable liberties in opening cupboards, that the Landlord found it necessary to turn them out of his house; they afterwards called at the "Rose Inn," and pretended they will waiting for the night coach, where they made free with the waiter's hat; after this one of them had the audacity to take a great coat from a shop of Mr. Wraith, clothier, in St George's Street, whilst Mr. Wraith was behind the counter, but an immediate alarm being given he dropped the coat in the street, and on being secured also dropped a japanned octagon waiter from under his jacket. He was immediately taken before one of the Magistrates and committed for further examination to Westgate gaol by the name of John Murtay.

His companion decamped on the alarm being made.


Kentish Gazette, 6 December 1803.

Friday evening about six o’clock, a gentleman named William Crawford, who, it appears, had been a midshipman in the Royal Navy, shot himself through the heart in a bed room at the "White Horse, in High street. The beginning of the week he came down from London and went to Deal, from whence he returned on Thursday, when he paid for a place in Messrs. Miles and Sankey’s night coach for London, but afterwards said he had altered his mind, and would again return to Deal. During that night and the following day, his conduct shewed his mind was not at ease, appearing at times to be greatly agitated, and fetching very heavy sighs. At two o’clock in the afternoon he seemed more composed, and eat some dinner, but towards evening his agitation again returned, when he sent to the coach-office for his portmanteau, which was taken to his bed room, in which it appears were deposited a brace of pistols; one of these he took out and loaded, and again locked the portmanteau! after which he flung himself upon the bed, and pointing the pistol between his ribs shot himself through the heart. The family were alarmed by the pistol failing on the floor, and on entering his room, found him a lifeless corps. In his pocket was found a letter addressed to a clergyman at Liverpool, with a 5. note for money that had been lent to him; and likewise another 5. note, directing his friend to pay it to Dr. Solomon; the letter concluded with stating he should be no more, e'er it reached his friend. It had been originally dated Deal, Nov. but was altered to Canterbury, Dec. 2. The coroner’s inquest sat upon the body on Saturday evening, and brought in a verdict of lunacy. It is supposed he had been dismissed for some misconduct: yet testimonies of his good services on board one or two frigates were found in his pocket-book. He appeared about 26 years of age, and is supposed to be a native of Edinburgh, and was a very fine young man in his person.


Kentish Gazette, 3 April, 1804.

A MAIN of COCKS will be fought at the "White Horse Inn," Canterbury, on Monday the 9th and Tuesday the 10th instant, between the Gentlemen of East and West Kent, to shew 21 in the main, and ten in the byes, for Ten Guineas a battle, and One Hundred Guineas on the main.

N. B. Two pair of large Cocks will be fought on Monday before dinner, for Ten Guineas the battle.

Feeders, GARBITT, for East Kent, KINGSNOTH, for West Kent.


Kentish Gazette, 16 November, 1804.

White Horse Inn, High-street, Canterbury.


On Thursday next, the 22nd instant, 1804, and following day, THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, &c. of Mr. THOMAS WATSON, at the "White Horse Inn," High-street, Canterbury, leaving the situation.

Consisting of four post bedsteads, with striped cotton, and other furniture's, tent bedsteads, with white dimity furniture; mahogany wardrobe, and double chest of drawers; full size bedsteads, with furniture's; excellent seasoned feather beds, mattresses, blankets, and counterpanes; single, and double chest of drawers; mahogany, and stained chairs; carpets, &c. mahogany dining, card, and tea tables; pier, and dressing glasses; striped cotton window curtains; a capital dial; quantity of china, pots, and earthen ware; copper pots, saucepans, and kettles; brass candlesticks; and every other useful household requisite.

The goods to be viewed each morning preceding the sale, which will begin at half past ten o’clock.

Catalogues may be had the day preceding the sale, of Mr. Pout, at his upholstery warehouse, High-street, Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, 27 June 1843.


June 29, at Holland-place, Clapham-road, Mrs. Humphrys, for 25 years landlady of the "Ship Inn," Hare-street, Essex, and recently of the "White Horse Inn," in this city, aged 52.


Kentish Gazette, 9 March 1847.

Coat Stealing.

The young man apprehended at Ramsgate, noticed in our paper of last week, and who gave his name as Charles Dell, appears to have visited Canterbury. A young man answering the description stole a coat from Mr. Christy’s, of the "White Horse Inn," Canterbury, on the 26th inst. Having taken his supper and retired, he ordered breakfast in the morning, and wrote a letter, and leaving it to be posted, took his departure with the great coat either under or over the one he brought with him the night previous; it appears the coat stolen at Canterbury, is pledged at Ramsgate. Pawnbrokers should well mark the persons of parties pawning great coats, in order to their identity. Depredations are frequently committed now, as the railways afford facilities for a quick transit from one town to another.



WATSON Thomas to 1804

CARTER Thomas 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

PETTS Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HUBBLE John 1836+ Kentish Gazette

BLAKE Thomas 1838+ Stapletons Guide

HUMPHRYS Mrs to 29/June/1843 dec'd age 52

CHRISTY Edward Thomas 1847-Mar/48 Next pub licensee had Bagshaw's Directory 1847


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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847


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