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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1874-

(Name from)

Yew Tree

Latest Nov 1961

26 Military Road


Yew Tree 1910

Above photo circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Yew Tree notice 1913

Above notice that appeared in 1913. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Mr Francis Bennett-Goldney MP

Thursday 22nd May 1913 and the local Unionist MP Mr Francis Bennett-Goldney is to address the "members" of the Yew Tree Inn at a smoking concert. (shown left). Mr F. Bennett-Goldney had unseated the sitting Tory MP in December 1910 and served in WW1. He died on active service on 27th July 1918 as a result of injuries received in an accident. The Bennett-Goldney's home was "Abbott's Barton" House (now AB Hotel) and was given over to being a hospital by them in the early years of WW1.

Yew Tree

Above photo date circa 1930s kindly sent by Doug Pratt.

Yew Tree 1950s

Above photo kindly submitted by Stuart Eaton, who says the following:-

"I attach a photograph concerning The "Yew Tree" in Military Rd, Canterbury.

My Mother gave it to me yesterday; it shows "Yew Tree" regulars about to just prior to setting off on an outing. I judge that the picture is taken before the trip (am) by the position of the shadow from the sign, i.e. Sun shining from East (right). I would also guess that it is before 10 am as no one has a drink in their hand; most unusual in such photographs where punters assemble on excursion day.

The year – well, it will be 1950, 51, 52 or 53 judging by the age of my uncle, Bill Travers, who is standing 7th from the left.

Month? Again, who knows but note the bunting hanging outside. Could this indicate the Coronation perhaps (June ‘53)? Or could it merely denote a Canterbury Cricket Week from one of those years, the oldest of all England County Cricket Weeks (dating from 1812 and held in the first week of August) and a week when, once upon a time, many a pub and even some public buildings in the City would be hung or festooned with bunting, pennants and flags in celebration of the City's heritage and the invincibility of the mighty Kent side."


Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Yew Tree 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Yew Tree 1961

Above photo, 1961, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.


Originally known as the "Princess Royal" and built by Richard Crofes in 1830, but changed its name some time before 1874.

Has been identified as both 26 and 29 Military Road but I do not know whether this is due to a renumbering of Military Road or just an error. Susan Howard confirms that the sweet shop run by her Great Aunt Mary Coia (Italian) was numbered as 29, so the pub is definitely 26.

The name Billy Smith has been mentioned as being a regular pianist in this pub during the 1950s when the landlord was Tom ????

The pub was closed in November 1961 following a compulsory acquisition.



MILTON Alfred N 1874-91+ (Also carpenter from High Halden age 45 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891

MILTON Clara Mrs 1901-13+ (age 52 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913Historic Canterbury web site

PATTERSON Robert 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

ALLEN Thomas 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

???? Tom 1950s


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

CensusCensus 1881

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

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

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


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