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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1847-

Tanner's Arms

Latest 1903+

12 Delasaux Street

(St. Mildred's SquareBagshaw's Directory 1847) (Rosemary Lane 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868)


Tanner's Arms location 2017

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, October 2017.

Canterbury map 1874

Above 1874 map identification by Rory Kehoe.


A long serving licensee found here from 1858 to 1903. In 1917 the premises was lived in by an Albert Parker and his family, but the name "Tanner's Arms" didn't exist, and the premises was now residential. Delaseux Street and Square were in the St. Mildred's area of Canterbury and today the entire area ceases to exist.

The Greens Canterbury Directory of 1868 gave the address as Rosemary Lane.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 14 February 1903.



I have given notice of objection to the following houses:-

"Tanners' Arms," Delasaux Square:— That the house is not structurally adapted for the use of the public, and not in a fit and proper state of repair to be kept open as a public house; that the occupier is not a fit and proper person, owing to age and infirmity, to conduct the licence; that the sanitary arrangements are very unsatisfactory; and that the licence is not required to meet the wants of the neighbourhood.


Mr. Walter Hills (Margate) applied for renewal to the tenant and freeholder, Mr. John Sutton.

Superintendent Farmery objected on the ground that the licence holder was over 80 years of age, and was too old to take charge of the house. The premises were in a bad state of repair, and the sanitary condition was unsatisfactory. There were three other houses within 120 yards.

In cross-examination the Superintendent said he had no complaints as to the conduct of the house. The tenant had been there since 1854. His objection to the tenant was that through age and infirmity he was incapable of properly conducting the house.
Mr. Turley gave evidence as to the condition of the house, which, he said, was unfit for human habitation.

Mr. Hills having addressed the Bench, the Chairman said their decision would be given later on in the day.


The Magistrates retired for the purpose of considering the cases. On their return into Court the Chairman said the Magistrates had given a great deal of consideration to the cases having regard to the consequences of their decisions.

The licence of the "Tanners' Arms" would be refused in consequence of its not being structurally adapted for the use of a public-house, and having regard to the fact that the occupier was of such advanced years they considered he was not capable of holding a licence.

The Sessions were then adjourned until February 25th.



GOULD William 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

SUTTON John 1858-1903+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903 (also bricklayer)


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

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


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