Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest 1858-

Rose Tap

Latest 1917+

20 Rose Lane


Rose Hotel Tap 1900s

Above photo, 1900s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


The "Rose Tap" was the tap for the "Rose Hotel" just around the corner, although before it was first licensed around 1858 it was being used in 1852 by a Mr. George Frederick Smith, coachmaker in a large way of business, and Conservative election organiser, and in that year was responsible for the illegal practice of bribing people to vote his way by offering tickets for refreshments. According to the Parliamentary Papers 1852-53, it states that:- "Of this a strong proof is afforded by the admission of Mr. Smith, that at all the elections in which he has been engaged he took care to burn or destroy, as soon as the election was over, all memoranda relating to the distribution of these tickets, the names of the nominees, and of the voters by whom they were recommended."

Unfortunately most of Rose Lane has been redeveloped and I haven't managed to find any pictures of it as it was in the time of the "Rose Tap" as yet.


George Christmas WISEMAN of Tilmanstone, Coachman to the RICE family of Tilmanstone, moved to Canterbury and ran 2 pubs in Rose Lane one was the “Rose”). His first wife was Mary (nee BECKETT).



WISEMAN George Christmas ????

BROWNING Moses 1851-58+ (age 26 in 1851Census) Melville's 1858

NORMAN John 1867-71+ (age 45 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

POTTER Alfred George 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

POTTER Mrs Sarah A 1881-91+ (widow age 36 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891

FAGG William John 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

GOODHEW Oliver 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

SKINNER James 1917+ Historic Canterbury web site


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

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

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-