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Earliest 1741-

King's Head Hotel

Latest 1838+

High Street



I already have listed two other pubs with the same name, and also showing with different licensees in 1828, so I am going to assume that this is yet another "King's Head," and listed in the Pigot's Directory of 1828 and 1832 under Inns and Hotels, unfortunately no house number was given.

I believe this also had a "Tap" in Lamb Lane.

The other two being the "King's Head" in Northgate Street, and the "King's Head" in Wincheap Street.


From the Kentish Weekly Post, 17 May 1741.

Wednesday May 20.

To the worthy FREEMEN of the City of Canterbury who are Interest if Sir THOMAS HALES.


You are desired to meet the Friends of Sir Thomas, tomorrow Morning, being the Day of Election, at either of the following Houses, viz.

The "King's Head," in High Street,

The "Fountain," St. Margarets,

The "Dolphin," Burgate,

The "Rose," St. Georges,

The "Black Boy," Burgate,

The "Flying Horse," Dover Lane,

The "Three Compasses," St. Peter's,

The "Golden Lyon," St. Peter's,

The "Mitre," High Street,

The "Rising Sun," St. Dunstan's,

The "Black Swan," North Gate,

The "White Swan," North Gate,

The "Tolerated Soldier," North Gate,

The "Fox and Seven Stars," St. Alphage,

The "Saracen's Head," St. Pauls,

The "Maiden Head," Wincheap,

The "Two Brewers," St. Mildred's,

The "Seven Stars," St. Alphage,

The "Three Tuns," St. Margaret's.


Kentish Gazette, 18 April, 1806.

JAMES HACKER returns grateful acknowledgments to his friends and the public for the liberal favours with which he has been honoured during his residence at the "King’s Head Inn," Canterbury, and begs to recommend a continuance of those favours to his successor, Mr. John Friday, who, from his long experience in the business of an innkeeper, he doubts not will give every satisfaction.

King's Head Inn and Tavern, Canterbury.

JOHN FRIDAY. Late of the "Bell Inn," Maidstone, having taken the above house, begs leave to inform the Nobility and Public frequenting Canterbury, that no pains shall be spared to render the late improvements which have been made in the house and premises as comfortable and convenient at possibly, and that every attention shall be paid in having good horses and chaises.

April 14, 1806.


From The Morning Post (London, England), Saturday, May 7, 1814.

To Families and Gentlemen Travelling the Kent-road to France.

"King's Head Hotel, in the centre of the High-street, Canterbury.

J. Friday has the honour to inform the Nobility and Public, that the above Hotel having undergone recently a very great internal improvement, the accommodation is elegant and commodious, the beds and other apartments are fitted up in a style of comfort equal to any house in England. He likewise assures the Public, that it will be a principle in his business to regulate his charges on the most moderate plan. Canterbury being only one post from Dover, a correct information may be obtained of the Packets sailing.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 22 September 1815.


Dilnot Wildish begs leave to return his most grateful thanks to the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public in general, for the liberal support he has received at the above Inn, and embraces this opportunity to returning them that he has taken and will in a few days enter upon the "Kings Head Inn," Canterbury, and earnestly solicits a continuance of their recommended support, and assures them that no exertion on him shall be wanting to merit their favours. He further begs to inform them that he will be succeeded in the "Bell Inn," Maidstone, by his brother Valentine Wildish, of the "Red Lion Inn," Ospringe, whom he takes the liberty of recommending to their support, being assured that in his study to deserve their patronage and encouragement.

Maidstone, Sept, 1915.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 13 February, 1827.

On Saturday se'nnight, as Colonel Garrett, of Nether Court, near Ramsgate, was walking towards the Dane John, in Canterbury, he accidentally stepped up on a slide, and falling down, broke the cap of his knee. Assistants being immediately rendered to the unfortunate gentleman, he was conveyed to the "Kings Head Hotel," where Messrs. Fitch and Chandler attended upon him, and after rendering every service which their skills dictated, he was conveyed to his own home, under every circumstance, in tolerable spirits.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 5 August 1834.


July 30, at his father's "King's Head Hotel," Canterbury, after a short but severe illness, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. Henry Haywood, in the 23rd year of his age, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances.


From the Kentish Gazette, 2 May 1837.


T. M. BEER, jun. having succeeded his father in the above establishment, begs to solicit the patronage of his Friends, Commercial Gentlemen, and the Public generally in his new undertaking, which he hopes to merit by the strictest attention to their comfort, combined with moderate charges.

Wines, Spirits, Ales, &c. &c. of the best quality. Good Stabling, Lock-up Coach-houses, &c.

April 23, 1837.


From the Kentish Gazette, 30 May 1837.

Valuable FREEHOLD HOTEL, known as the "KING’S HEAD," excellent DWELLING HOUSE, extensive Coach Houses, Stabling, Yards, and Premises,


Without Reserve, By Messrs. COLEMAN and HARRISSON,

ON the Premises, the "King’s Head," WEDNESDAY, July 5th, at Twelve for One o’clock, by order of the surviving Trustees under the Will of the late John Friday, Esq.

A very valuable FREEHOLD ESTATE, most advantageously situate in the best part of the High-street of the City of CANTERBURY"; comprising the KING’S HEAD HOTEL, SPIRIT SHOP, and TAP, in full trade; a most commodious DWELLING HOUSE and OFFICES adjoining; and very extensive Yards, enclosed Coach-houses, Stabling for 50 horses. Lofts, and other useful buildings, the whole adjoining together, and in the respective occupations of Mr. T. M. Beer, Wm, Mount, Esq., Mr. George Davis, and Mr. Edward Homersham, as yearly tenants, at rents amounting to 270 per annum.

The above Premises command a very extensive frontage towards the High Street of the City, and also towards Lamb-lane; they contain every requisite both for residence and business of any description, and have been lately altered and completely repaired at a very considerable expense.

This Estate presents an opportunity for investment seldom to be met with, as it may he held entire, or be advantageously divided to meet the views of a purchaser.

The Land Tax is redeemed except 1.

Printed Particulars may be had at the principal Inns in the county; of the Auctioneers, Dover; of Messrs. Nethersole and Barron, Solicitors, 15, Essex-street, Strand, London; and of Mr. Plummer, Solicitor, Canterbury, of whom full information may be obtained, and at whose Office a Plan may be seen.


From the Kentish Gazette, 29 August 1837.


THE BUSINESS of all that old-established INN and COMMERCIAL HOUSE, well known as the "King’s Head Hotel," situate in the High Street, Canterbury, in the direct line of road between London and the Continent.

The Premises consist of a commodious and well-fitted Hotel, calculated for the reception of families of respectability, a Spirit Shop in full trade, extensive Stabling, Lock-up Coach Houses, Tap, &c.

The Stock-in-Trade, Furniture, &c. to be taken by valuation, in the usual manner.

Further particulars may be obtained by personal application to Mr. Beer, on the premises, or at the office of Mr. T. T. DeLasaux, Solicitor, Castle Street, Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 April 1846.


Wildish:— April 13, at Cottingham, near Hull, Susan, widow of Mr. Dilnot Wildish, of the "King’s Head Hotel," Canterbury, aged 70.



HACKER James Apr/1806

Last pub licensee had FRIDAY John Apr/1806-14+

Last pub licensee had WILDISH Dilnot Sept/1815-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29

FIELD Abraham 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BEER Mr to 1837

BEER T M (son) 1837+

JENNINGS John 1838+ Stapletons Guide


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838


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