Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest 1838-

True Briton

Latest 1862+

8 (17) Northgate Street



At number 12 there was the "British Flag" public house along the Northgate Street, butt hat was only traced from between 1881 and 1882 to date. This pub has been traced from between 1858 and 1862.

They come, they go along Northgate Street, and so far I have managed to trace no less than 35 different names of pubs. Some, of course just changed name over the years and are actually the same premises.


Kentish Gazette. Tuesday 28 February 1843.

Inquests. (Canterbury).

Another inquest was held on Tuesday evening, at the "True Briton" public house, Northgate, on George Austin, age 78, who died in a fit. Deceased was entering on the threshold of an acquaintance's house, and just as he was about to speak, he fell suddenly, and life, on examination, was found extinct.

Verdict:- "Natural death."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 25 February, 1860.


(Before W. Plummer, and Capt. Love.)

A man who refused to give his name and pretended to be dumb, was charged with wilful damage. Mrs. Taylor, landlady of the "True Briton," Northgate, stated that the prisoner came to her house the previous evening, and took possession of the parlour fire, and when spoken to pretended to be dumb. She called in a policeman to remove him, and in going out be dashed his hand through the bar window, causing damage to the amount of 4s.

The policeman said he was obliged to get assistance to get him to the police-station, and he could talk then as wall as any one.

Convicted in the damage 4s., and costs, in default committed to St. Augustine’s for one month.

The prisoner still pretended he did not understand, but when taken back to the police station, immediately recovered his speech, and gave his name as John Miller. He seemed to consider he had played a good joke.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 9 June, 1860.


William Taylor, landlord of the "True Briton" public-house, Northgate-street, charged Robert Game, labourer, with being drunk and disorderly in his house on Sunday afternoon. When the landlord wanted to clear his house the defendant refused to go. At length they got him out, but he returned and got in again by getting over a wall at the back. He was afterwards turned out twice, when he threw stones through the window, doing damage to the amount of 2s.

In reply to the Bench, the complainant said he did not see the defendant throw the stones, but there was no one else in the yard, and the defendant was abusing him the whole time.

As the defendant had been in custody all night, he was discharged.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


Most of the old licenses were renewed, but those of the following publicans were left for consideration until an adjourned licensing day (the 12th inst.) in consequence of complaints having been made of the way in which the houses have been conducted. Robert Whittaker, "Princess Royal," Northgate; Thomas Denne, "Wellington," Broadstreet; Richard Drew, "Three Grenadiers," Military Road; William Taylor, "True Britton," Northgate; and Charles Moore, the "Cock," Westgate.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 16 September 1871.

Annual Licensing Meeting.

The Superintendent of Police reported to the Magistrates the following houses where prostitutes were kept, viz., the "Roebuck," "True Briton," "Lord Clyde," "Princess Royal," "Crown and Anchor," "Brewers' Delight," "Clarence Inn," and "Kentish Arms," and on the applicants applying they were each cautioned in severe terms by the Mayor, and on their promising to behave better in future the licences were renewed. The business was transacted rapidly. The adjourned sessions are fixed for the 21st instant.



CARTER Thomas 1838-41+ (age 58 in 1841Census) Stapletons GuideHistoric Canterbury web site

CARTER Jane H 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

CARTER William 1851-58+ (age 39 in 1851Census) Melville's 1858

TAYLOR William 1860-Mar/70 (age 59 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862Whitstable Times

WAGHORN Edward Mar/1870+ Whitstable Times


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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