Sort file:- Canterbury, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 25 August, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1852-

Royal George

Latest 1903+

74 Wincheap Street


Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

Royal George 1905

Above photo, circa 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. If road numbering has happened here, this and the building above are most certainly different. The "Royal George" is extreme left.

Former Royal George 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson. Also showing the "White Horse" left.

Former Royal George 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Royal George 2017

Above photo taken September 2017 by Rory Kehoe. The above photo is taken from a similar shot to the 1905 one above.

Royal George 2017

Above photo taken September 2017 by Rory Kehoe.


Traced to date from between 1858 and 1903, I have seen reference to the premises being the home of a Mrs. Cork and the building number 74 was a General Store in 1917.

Unfortunately the street has been renumbered since the above records and at present I do not know whether the building is still standing, or indeed if it is, which one it could be. Local knowledge needed here.

Further information suggests the building is now operating as the "Cow Shed Bar and Grill."


Kentish Gazette, 21 September 1852.

Thursday. Licensing.

This being the adjourned licensing day, those parties, whose licences had been suspended, again attended, and after receiving animadversion for their irregularity of conduct, had their licences granted, but with a decided caution that if again complaints were made against them they would not have their licences in future.

These parties were:- John Stairs, of the "Eight Bells," King Street;

John Noble, "Kentish Arms;"

George Kilner, "City of London;"

John Jordan, "White Heart;"

John Gillis, "Bricklayers' Arms;"

Elizabeth Forbes, "Oddfellows Arms;"

John Murphy, "Carpenter's Arms;"

Richard Wellard, "George and Dragon," Westgate;

Joseph Pentecost, "Royal George;"

and George Crow, "Rose and Crown."

Applications for New Licences.

Thomas Rodgers, of the "Sir Robert Peel" beer shop;

David Tuthwell, "True Britain;"

and Edward Gordon, "Pine Apple,"

applied for spirit licences, but which were refused.


Kentish Gazette, 28 September 1852.

Publican Fined.

George Crow, of the "Rose and Crown," St. Dunstan's, and Joseph Pentecost, "Royal George," Wincheap, were charged with having company in their houses tippling during divine services. The former pleaded guilty, but alleged that it was a traveller who came in with two railway porters; and the latter that two of his company were travellers, two lodgers, and two had come to pay him some money.

Drinking had been going on in each case, and the Bench fined each of the defendant's 5s and 10s. costs.


From the Whitstable Times, 11 October, 1902.


Jane Reid was charged with being drunk on the previous day.

P.C. Reynolds stated that at 1.45 the previous day he was called to the “Royal George” where he found prisoner. He got her outside and found she was very drunk. Prisoner did not have any drink in the public house.

Prisoner said she was truly sorry and wanted to sign the pledge and keep from drink.

Superintendent Farmery said prisoner was taken to Bridge Workhouse on Thursday night in a very bad condition.

Mrs. Young, who appeared on behalf of Mrs. Cooper, of Salem House, asked the Magistrates to send the prisoner to St. Augustine’s for seven days as an act of kindness to her. If prisoner was let free she would most likely commit the offence again.

The Magistrates imposed a fine of 5s. and 6s. 6d. costs or seven days’ imprisonment.


I am informed that the premises (2017) is trading as the "Cow Shed Bar and Grill."



PENTECOST Joseph 1852-62+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862 (Shopkeeper)

DILNOT J 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

EVANS Richard 1878+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

WYBORN William 1881+ Census

WOODFORD Mrs Elizabeth Ann 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

CROUCH Walter 1891-July/1894 Post Office Directory 1891Whitstable Times

NASH M A July/1894+ Whitstable Times

MARSH Mrs H M A 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1878

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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