Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1768-

Red Lion

Latest 1903+

15 Love Lane


Former Red Lion

Above image from Google, March 2009, is now numbered 19 but is believed to have once been the "Red Lion."


I believe the numbering of this Lane has changed over the years, and today what used to be the "Red Lion" is numbered 19 and not 15 as I have found from my research. The pub has been traced from between 1828 and 1903 to date.

I am assuming that the passage below refers to this same establishment, but as no address is given this could well be a different "Red Lion."

I have traced another "Red Lion" in 1838 addresses as 3 Kingsbridge.

The building is now known (2017) as "The Old Red Lion," but alas unless you know the occupier intimately you'll get no beer here today.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 14 September to Saturday, 17 September, 1768. Price 2d.

On Wednesday the Dutches of St. Albans arrived in this City, she stopped at the “Red Lion” where she remained till the next morning, and then set out for Dover, intending to proceed from thence round the coast to Brighthelmstone.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday 10 May to Saturday 13 May, 1769. Price 2d.


To the highest bidder, at the “Red Lion Inn,” in the High Street of the City of Canterbury, on Saturday the 27th of May Inst. between the hours of Four and Five o'clock in the Afternoon.

All that capital Messuage or House, called the “Vine” or brick-house Farm, with the Barn, Stables, and other houses and Buildings; and also several Parcels of Arable, Meadow and Pasture thereunto belonging, containing together estimation 113 Acres, more or less, and are now lying and being in the several Parishe of Northbourne, otherwise Northbourne and Little Mongeham, in the County of Kent, and now in the use or occupation of Robert Wyborne, Tenant, for further particulars, inquire of Mr. Rook, loilsterer, in St. George's Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette 27 October 1795.


Messrs John May and Hercules Giles inform the public, they have taken the "Red Lion Inn," High Street, Canterbury, and have laid in a large quantity of wines and spirits of the best quality, and also procured neat and handsome post chaises with strong and able horses calculated for travelling with expedition.

Messrs May and Giles are determined to accommodate all those who favour them with their company in the genteelest manner. The eligibility of the Inn, from its central situation has for years induced travellers to give it the preference, and as they will have good beds, good stabling, and reasonable charges, they have no doubt of meeting that support from the public which every one wishes who strives to please.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 June, 1860.


(Before the Mayor, T. Philpott & W. H. Trimnell, Esqs.)

Robert Hawse, landlord of the “Red Lion" public-house, Love-lane was charged by Mary Jane Hawse with ill-using her. The complainant deposed that she had been married to the defendant six years and had three children. On Sunday morning, being unwell, she was unable to get out of bed and sent for her niece to attend to her children. About 12 o'clock her husband come into the room, pushed her out of bed, and stood over her with an axe in his hand threatened that he would either have "death or glory before night." He had been in the habit of ill-using or threatening her. He had frequently knocked her down.

Witnesses having been called to prove acts of ill-treatment the bench ordered him to be bound over to keep the peace for six months, himself in 20 and one surety of 10.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 19 January, 1867. Price 1d.


At the City Police Court, on Monday, a man named George Rye was charged with committing a breach of the peace end assaulting P.C. Sampson. The accused on Saturday night was heard by Sampson kicking violently at the door of the “Red Lion,” and on being remonstrated with kicked the Constable.

Ordered to pay 2s. 6d. costs.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 14 September 1867. Price 1d.


Mr. Delasaux supported an application on the part of Messrs. Shepherd, Neame, and Co., for a renewal of the "Red Lion" in St. Peter's. The house had been complained of by the residents in that locality in consequence of its being conducted in a disorderly manner. Mr. Delasaux explained that the lessees of the property never expected the landlord Stone to be their tenant. They let the house to another party who had sub-let it to the present occupier. Messrs. Shepherd, Neame, and Co., would consent to get rid of Stone in a fortnight if the license was renewed.

Supt. Davies stated that he had receded many complaints of the disorderly conduct pursued at the inn. The magistrates granted the renewal on the terms proposed by Mr. Delasaux.


From an email received 2 June, 2013.

Good Afternoon,

I have been looking for information regards the Pub “Red Lion” as my James Carey did indeed occupy it in 1820's.

Am having trouble tracking down our James as he disappears before 1841. But Stephen Hunt was the publican of the "Red Lion" around the 1840's, 1850's.

This Stephen Hunt was the son of Elizabeth Carey, the sister of James Carey that had the "Red Lion." I am believing this to be the same Pub. Have been looking for some info regards the pub for sometime as I live in Queensland Australia.

I hope the Stephen Hunt bit is of some help.

Kind Regards

Lyn Carey



Last pub licensee had ADAMS George after 1753

MAY John & GILES Hercules 1795+

CAREY James 1824-32+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SHOVLER Francis 1838+ Stapletons Guide

WOOLLER Francis 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

HUNT Stephen 1840s+

FILMER Thomas 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

HORNE Thomas 1858+ Historic Canterbury web siteMelville's 1858

HAWKES/HAWSE Robert 1860-62+ Post Office Directory 1862

STONE to Sept/1867 Whitstable Times

SCOTT H 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

O'REILLY Bernard Henry 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

MEDGETT John 1878-82+ CensusPost Office Directory 1882

EARL William 1889+ Historic Canterbury web site

ARCHER Sarah A 1891+ (widow age 43 in 1891Census)

FUGGLE Horace 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

HOARE George 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903


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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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