Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 18 December, 2022.


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.


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.



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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