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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1629-

Ye Olde Beverlie Arms

Open 2020+

St Stephens (Hackington 1858)


01227 463974

Ye Olde Beverlie 1896

Above postcard, circa 1896, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie bat and trap teams 1896

Above photo 1896 showing a bat and trap team, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie Arms 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverley 1907

Above photo, 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olds Beverlie Bat and Trap team 1907

Above photo, 5th September 1907, marked the Beverlie Bat & Trap Club's 100th Anniversary. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo, circa 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bat and Trap team 1926

Above photo, 1926, Bat and Trap team, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverley 1926

Above photo, circa 1926, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie 1944

Above photo, circa 1944, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie 1944

Above photo, 1944, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie 1945

Above photo, circa 1945, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Dover Express 1952.

Up it goes here it comes!

Bat and Trap 1955

 A tap on the trap and the ball leaps into the air. With a hefty whack from the little round bat, George Hess, of the Canterbury team, sends it whizzing down the pitch towards the two white posts. At the other end, the opposing players, tethered by the rule that they must keep one foot behind the line between the posts, strike tense attitudes as they go for the ball. A catch and the batsman is out.

Photograph by Jack Testing.

Bat and Trap 1952

There's a catch in it!

Every summer, teams from surrounding parishes gather in the gardens of "Ye Old Beverly," a public house in St. Stephen's, Canterbury, to play a game which is said to have originated there hundreds of years ago. It is called Bat and Trap, and has changed little since Pilgrim's played it in the Middle Ages.

The game is seldom played outside Canterbury, but in that area there are more than 30 teams. It is claimed by some that cricket originated from Bat and Trap.

The Trap has a wooden bar mounted like a seesaw. The ball is placed on one end and the bat then strikes the apparatus and, thus launching the ball into the air. It's there the player endeavours to hit it between the posts, twelve feet apart, at the other end of the pitch.

Bulls-eye board.

The goal is guarded by the opposing team, which tries to catch the ball before it passes between the posts. While doing this, the team must have at least one foot on the ground behind the posts. If no catch is made, a member of the team throws the ball and a small board bearing a bulls-eye, hinged in front of the trap. The batsman is not allowed to defend it, and, if the board falls, he is out. If he is able to hit the ball between the posts without being caught, and if the bulls-eye board is not then knocked down, he scores a run.

In spite of the increasing popularity amongst younger people. Mrs. Frank Woods landlord of the "Old Beverly," suggests that many of the older players have given up the game. He claims that this is due to the high price of beer. "Bat and Trap," he says, is thirsty work.

John Birch.

Ye Olde beverley bat and trap 1954

Above photo, 1954, showing a game of bat and trap, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Cricket Club panel 1955

Above photo, 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing the Cricket Club panel which used to be taken down, paraded and exhibited during Canterbury Cricket Week.

Ye Old Beverlie Arms 1965

Above photograph taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Ye Olde Beverlie 1977

Above photo, 1977, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Beverlie

Above photo taken from Google maps March 2009. Showing the adjoining alms houses on the right.

Ye Olde Beverlie sign 2019

Above sign 2019 sent by Rory Kehoe.


The building is a grade II listed red-brick building dating back to 1570, built by Sir Roger Manwood, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer under Elizabeth I, as part of a set of almshouses although on the outside the only part visible that dates from that period is the crow-stepped gable in the west front. The house became an inn c.1629. The front dates from the 18th century. It was listed on 3rd December 1949.


From the Kentish Gazette, 19 July 1842.



EDWARD BENNETT returns his grateful thanks to the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, and Inhabitants of the City of Canterbury and the County of Kent generally, for the kind and extensive support he has received from the Patrons of the Manly and Noble Game of Cricket.
E. B. avails himself of this opportunity to state that no exertion shall be wanting on his part to secure their future favours.


N.B. The Grand Match of Cricket between the players of Kent and England will take place on Monday, August 1st, and Tuesday, 2nd. The Grand Match between the Gentlemen of England and the Gentlemen of Kent, on Thursday, August 4, and Friday, 5th. Both these interesting Matches will be played on the Beverley Ground, adjoining the Cavalry Barracks, Canterbury.

An Ordinary will be provided each day in an elegant Pavilion on the Ground, by E. B. Tickets 2s. 6d. each.

A Military Band will be in attendance.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 April, 1860.


Edward Austen, landlord of the "Beverley Arms," public-house, St. Stephen's, was charged with allowing gaming with cards in his house, contrary to the tenor of his license, on the 23rd March. The case was proved by P.S. Mayhew, K.C.C., who deposed that he found four men playing at cribbage in the defendant’s house, at half-past one o'clock in the morning. The defendant admitted the offence, and the bench lined him 2s. 6d., and expenses 8s.—making 10s. 6d. altogether.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 4 May, 1861.


An attempt at highway robbery was made in Tuesday night, about ten o’clock near the railway crossing in St. Stephen’s Fields, Canterbury. As Mr. C. Austin, son of the landlord of the “Beverley Arms,” was returning from St. Stephen’s at that hour, a rough looking fellow, seemingly a navvy, demanded some money of him, and on being refused grappled with him, swearing he would have something. Mr. Austin managed to get away, and being agile escaped. The police were put on the alert, but the rascal could not be traced.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 10 May, 1862.


These favourite resorts of the Canterbury citizens on summer evening have commenced their meetings. And in each case seem to augur well for successful seasons. The most ancient of them, the “Beverley,” held its first meeting at the “Beverley Arms,” St. Stephen's, on Monday evening, the 28th of April. The St. Thomas Hill Club, held at the “City of Canterbury Tavern,” opened the campaign on May-day. The “Castle Inn” Club commenced its meetings in the beautiful orchard of the “Castle Inn,” on Monday evening last, the 5th inst.; and the next evening (Tuesday) a good muster of the members of the “Harbledown Club” assembled on the tap-green of the “Coach and Horses Inn,” which with the pretty gardens attached, have been got into very nice order by the new landlord, Mr. R. Eldridge.


From the Telegraph (Brisbane) 15 August, 1914.

The Telegraph, Saturday Evening, 15 August, 1914.


When the license of the "Old Beverley Arms" public house at St. Stephens was transferred by the St. Augustine's (Kent) magistrates, it was stated that the tenant held the house rent free so long as he acted as parish clerk. It was stated that this was probably the only case of the kind in the country. The outgoing tenant had held the license for 31 years.

The Sphere, Saturday 30 May 1942.

Beverlie licensee & regulars 1942

The publican of the "Beverley Inn" at Canterbury. Serving at the bar at this old Tudor Inn is Mr. E. G. Wood, who is unique amongst the publicans of Britain. The Inn was originally the house of the Parish Clerk attached to the historic Cathedral. When it was converted into an Inn, the church authorities in control of the premises made it a condition of the tenancy that the licensee must also accept the office of Parish Clerk and Sexton. Mr. Wood not only gets the Inn rent free, but he is paid a penny a day for winding the church clock and 13 and 4 pence a year for keeping Sir Roger Manwood's tomb clean, as well as fees as Clerk and Sexton.


From the Evening Standard 18th August 1954.

"Ye Olde Beverlie" was for years administered by the Sir Roger Manwood Trust. because of its association it had a six day licence for many years. It probably opened in the 16th century and is now being taken over by a brewery.


From the Kent Herald 11th August, 1954.

"The Olde Beverlie" was handed over by Senior Vesturer at Canterbury Cathedral and licensee for the past 13 years, Mr. William E. C. Wood is, then, the last landlord to combine the duties of host with those of Parish Clerk, Sexton of the Church and Prior of Sir Roger Manwood Almhouses. It is now being taken over, on lease, by Tomson and Wotton Ltd.


The pub has also been known as the "Old Beverlie Arms" without the Ye at the front of its title or the "e" on the end of "Old," and the Kent Directory of 1838 simply called it the "Beverlie Arms."

The pub contains what may be the original stone floor and the building also has a piecrust moulded ceiling, beams and fireplace, although the building itself has been recently refurbished.

The pub claims to be the site of the invention of bat and trap, still played there today in the large garden and courtyard. Bat and Trap reputed to be the start of the early Kent County Cricket

Today it is referred to as a gastro pub, serving Mexican and English cuisine from within its grill house in a separate restaurant. Also situated is a separate function room.

The Inns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot's, 1988, mentions a document, date circa 1945 that gives the description of clientele at the pub as being "Residents and visitors of all types."



AUSTEN Edward 1838-82+ Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882 (also parish clerk age 82 in 1881Census)

BANKS William 1891-1913+ Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1913 (age 48 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

WILSON Frank 1924-39+ (age 49 in 1939)

WOOD Frank E G 1942+

GOWLETT Frank 1970-90ish


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913



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