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Earliest 1660

Rose Hotel

Latest 1942

15 Parade (16 St. George's Street 1828-32)


Rose Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Roger Woodman. The "Rose" is situated next to "Bakers Temperance Hotel."

Rose Hotel

"Rose Hotel" circa 1935, before the blitz of 1942. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose Hotel 1938

Above photo, 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. This may be the same photo as the one above.

Royal Fountain Hotel 1900

Above postcard showing a stagecoach outside the "Rose," 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above postcard, postmarked 1935.

Rose Hotel 1917

Above picture shows the Duke of Kent in the RAF uniform with the Mayor, Alderman Charles Lefevre, outside the ruins of the "Rose Hotel." 4th June 1942. (Two months later the Duke was killed in a plane crash in Scotland.)

Fleece date circa 1917                     Fleece date circa 1917

The above pictures are the only one I have managed to find of the Fleece, date unknown. Picture from Historic Canterbury web site


Standing next door to the "Fleece" this has been traced from between 1828 to 1903 to date.

However, the original hotel was established in 1660, the same year as the restoration of the monarchy. It is said Charles II visited pro-royalist Canterbury on his way back to London to take up the throne, but it is not known whether he stayed at the "Rose Hotel."

The main section of the hotel fronting the Parade was rebuilt in the late 18th century.

In 1917, the "Rose Hotel" was advertised as being run by Henry Ritter, Family and Commercial, Garage and Stabling.

Just before the blitz, the "Rose Hotel" closed and was being offered for let. The hotel was gutted in the Baedeker raid, as was most of Rose lane along the section nearest the main street.


Rose Hotel advert

Above picture shows an advert for the "Rose Hotel," pre 1942.



From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 16 October, to Saturday, 22 October, 1768. Price 2d.

To be sold to the highest Bidder, on Wednesday next the 26th Day of this Inst. October, between the Hours of Three and Four in the Afternoon, at the “Rose” in St. George's, Canterbury.

The Freehold of Inheritance of all those four Messuages or Tenements (lately re-built) with the Gardens and Appurtenances thereunto belonging; situate in the Parish of Saint Mary, Northgate, in the City of Canterbury, in the several Occupations of Michael Hall, John Whatkins, John King, and ------- Morris.

The Premises were late the Property of the Assignees, under a Commission of Bankrupt, and by them absolutely conveyed to the present Owner.

For further Particulars, please to apply to John Cumming, Attorney, at Canterbury.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 19 September 1848.

The "Rose Hotel," opposite the Corn Market, Canterbury, and separate premises in the rear.

Messrs. Hoggart, Norton, and Oakley have received instructions to offer for sale, at the Mart, London, on Friday, October 6th, at 12, the "Rose Hotel," a capital and old established house, for many years in the occupation of the present respectable proprietor, situated in the most commanding position in Canterbury, being immediately opposite the Corn Market, and carrying on a very extensive and profitable trade. The accommodation consists of 17 bedrooms, making up 20 beds, exclusive of servants rooms, several private sitting rooms, commercial room, coffee room, capital farmers' room, bar, bar parlour, kitchen, and offices, with spacious wine, spirits, beer, and coal cellars, and a range of vaults capable of receiving many types of wine, and adapted for the carrying on a large wine and spirit trade, independent of the business of the hotel. In the yard are inclosed standing for 6 carriages, a large covered shed for coaches, carriages, flies, omnibuses, and other conveniences; stabling for 23 horses, hostelry, granary, and excellent lofts over; the whole well and conveniently arranged.

Also, connected with the house, is the "Rose Tap," which is doing a good trade in beer and spirits, and producing a separate income.

The extensive premises in the rear, and to which there is a distinct access, will form a separate lot, they consist of stabling for 24 horses, with lofts, granary, and warehouses.

The purchaser of the hotel will have the option of taking the furniture and any portion of the capital cellar of wines, at a fair valuation, but such valuations will not be made compulsory.

May be viewed by application on the premises, and particulars had at the Inns in the neighbourhood, of Messrs. Hoggart, Norton, and Oakley, Old Broad Street, Royal Exchange, London, and Rochester, and of Mr. Robert Walker, Solicitor, Canterbury.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 15 January 1927.

Death of Mrs. Coppin.

The funeral took place on Friday, at St. Martin’s church, Canterbury, of Mrs. Susannah Coppin, widow of Mr. James Coppin, who died at her residence, Staveley, Nunnery Road, within a few days of completing her 93rd year. Mrs. Coppin, who was well-known and highly respected in the city, leaves three daughters — Miss Coppin, Mrs. Charles Bing, and Mrs. H. Broughton.

The late Mr. Coppin, who was owner and proprietor of the "Rose Hotel" for many years, took a prominent part in the public life of Canterbury and was twice Mayor of the city. Mrs. Coppin was very well known to former visitors to the "Rose Hotel," but had been living in retirement for many years. She evinced a keen interest in the Nurses’ Institute and other charitable objects.



CLEMENTS John 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CLEMENTS Elizabeth Mrs 1832-47+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

BRETON Francis 1858-62+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

COPPIN James 1874-89+ (also Mayor age 64 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Historic Canterbury web site

CROTCH W 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

WILKINS Mrs A 1903+ Historic Canterbury web site

RITTER Henry 1917+ Historic Canterbury web site

REDMAN Miss & JEANS Miss pre 1942


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

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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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