Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Friday, 31 July, 2020.


Earliest 1840-

Union Castle

Latest June 1961

48 Union Street Lane


Union Castle 1959

Above photo, circa 1959, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The pub was closed on 2 June 1961 and the licence held in suspense from July that year following the compulsory acquisition by the local authority.

Unfortunately I have been unable to find a picture of the building to date.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 2 July 1870.


On Thursday evening, T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the "Union Castle" public-house, Union-street, Northgate, to inquire into the cause of the death of Harriet Bradley, a married woman, who was found dead in bed on the previous day. The evidence showed that the deceased had been seen by neighbours during the day, and she only complained of being poorly, but when her husband came home in the evening, he found her dead in bed.

A verdict of "Death from natural causes" was returned.


From the Whitstable Times, 25 January, 1902.


An inquest was held on Thursday evening at the “Union Castle,” Canterbury, by Dr. T. S. Johnson, City Coroner, respecting the death of Elizabeth Dorrington, an aged woman, who died on Thursday. Ellen Dorrington, wife of Thomas Dorrington, plumber, of Sidcup, said deceased was her mother-in-law and was aged 90. She was formerly a nurse and was also a glove maker, and she had a little independency. On 27th December she was telegraphed for, and found deceased very poorly, Mr. Greasley was attending her. Susan Bennett, widow, living at 42, Union Street, stated that the deceased lived with her. On the night of 25th December, witness was sitting up in bed with a fit of coughing, and heard a noise. On going to deceased’s room she found her on the floor. She said she had fallen against the fender and hurt her leg. Mr. J. Greasley, surgeon, stated that on 20th December he was called to see deceased. He found her suffering from a fracture of the neck of the right thigh bone, and also from shock. He continued to attend her until 14th January, and she died on the 15th. The cause of death was shock following on fracture, occurring to an aged and feeble subject. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.



AUSTEN Charles 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

PARREN James 1847-71+ (age 43 in 1871Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Historic Canterbury web site

TILLEY William Thomas 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

HOLTON William 1881-82+ (age 40 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

ROBINSON Charles 1891-1903+ Post Office Directory 1891

KNIGHT Edward 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

ANDERSON A F 1922-30+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

RACKETT William John 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

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:-