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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1778-

Red Lion

18 Nov 1941

Sturry Street


Red Lion

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

Red Lion 1912

Above photo 1912, kindly sent my Garth Wyver.

Red Lion October 1914

Above photo, October 1914, showing the B Squadron, West Kent (Queen's Own) Yeomanry. Kindly sent by dkpo1 who says the officer in the bottom right hand corner is probably Major Lord Sackville TD, the B Squadron leader.

Above photo, 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. A dismounted troop of the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry. The troopers were resting up, whilst their officers examine orders. These photos are believed to have taken whilst they were on summer camp, shortly before the outbreak of WW1.

Red Lion 1914

Above photo, October 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1914

Above photo circa 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1914

Above postcard, 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo, 1915, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. An, as yet, unidentified troop of cavalry (possibly Royal East Kent Yeomanry) passing through Sturry. The "Swan Inn" can also be seen in the distance.

Red Lion 1921

Above photo, circa 1921, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1930

Above postcard, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1931

Above photo, 1931, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Swan" in the background.

Red Lion bomb damage 1941

Above picture showing the damage done to the High Street by one of the parachute mines dropped on 18th November 1941.

Red Lion remains 1941

Above photo, 19th November 1941, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion location 2017

Above photo and location by Rory Kehoe, November 2017.


Kentish Chronicles, 7 January, 1794.

Friday last died Mrs. Tharpe, wife of Mr. Tharpe, at the "Red Lion," public house, Sturry.


Kentish Gazette, 1 July 1851.

James Jezard.

"Red Lion Inn," Sturry Street.

Near the railway station, 2 miles from the city of Canterbury.

Dinner's on the shortest Notice.

German spirite; fine draught, bitter, and other ales; bottled ales and stout, in high perfection; well aired beds; good stabling. Charges very moderate. Coaches and Omnibuses to all parts of the County.


Kentish Gazette, 28 February 1854.


Violent Assault upon a Constable.

(Before Edward Foss, Esq., chairman, Wm. Delmar, Wm. Hyder, T. R. Mackay, W. Slark, and F. J. Percival, Equrs.)

Henry Sturts and Stephen and Edward Champs, (father and son) were charged on the information of Thomas Wood, with having a lawfully assaulted and beat him, in the parish of Sturry, on the 18th of February last.

The defendants said that they were so drunk at the time of the occurrence that they did not know what they did. The third defendant being absent, the case was then gone into, the answer given by those present being deemed testament to a plea of not guilty.

The complainant deposed as follows:- I am a constable, and live at Sturry. On the 18th of February last, I was sent for in haste, to go to Mr. Jezzards, the "Red Lion" public house, at about two o'clock. When I reached the house I inquired what was the matter, and stated that I was a constable. Sturts was standing outside the tap room door, and the other two defendants were in the room. Sturts said he would be quiet; at that instant Steven Champs rose up from his seat, pulled off his coat, and using an oath, said he did not care for a constable any more than for any other man. I had not said anything to him before; he then struck me a violent blow on the left side of my head. I had my staff in my pocket at the time, and I hesitated whether I should use it or not. Finding, however, that the defendant was coming with more force against me. I took out my staff and struck at him, but whether I hit him or not I cannot tell. He caught hold of me and threw me down in the room; when I succeeded in getting up again, I struck the defendant on the head. While I was defending myself, Edward Champs caught hold of me and tried to take my staff away. I was then ordered to put the defendants out of the house, when Sturts laid his hands on me. However, with the assistance of a neighbour, I succeeded in getting Stephen Champs and Sturts to the door, and closed it after them; the other defendant had previously ran out; whilst doing so Sturts grasped my staff and tried to get possession of it,—but I twisted it from him and struck him twice on the arm with it. The defendants tried to force the door open when they were in the street, and kicked violently against it. Edward Champs stood outside squaring up to me.

He said, "You -----. I will lay you straight for this some one of these nights." I then walked into the tap room, when Stephen Champ pushed his hand through the window, and challenged to fight me if I would go out.

By the Chairman:- I was summoned to the public house to quirt the defendants or put them out. They were all drunk, I believe — completely drunk.

James Jezzard, landlord of the "Red Lion," said the defendants had been in his house about ten minutes, or scarcely so long, when the asault was committed. They came in a horse and cart and called for some liquor; after serving then with it they immediately became noisy. He did not know they were drunk when they first came into the house, but as soon as he observed it he sent for the constable. The evidence of the constable respecting the assault was true, to the best of witness's knowledge and belief. When called upon for their answer to the charge, both the defendants expressed their ignorance of what part they took in the affray, as they were drunk at the time, and were very sorry for what had happened. In addition, Stephen Champs, in a piteous tone, said:— "I don't recollect being at the house at all, nor how I got home. All I know is, that when I reached my home I was covered with blond, and my hands were very much cut. I am sorry to say, that whenever I drink, I am mad with it.

The Chairman:- Then you should belong to the Temperance Society, and keep yourself sober.

After the Bench had consulted together for a short time, the Chairman told the defendants that if there had not been extenuating circumstances in the case, they would have been sent to the sessions for trial, on the charge of assaulting a constable while in the execution oft his duty; however, under the circumstances, the Bench had determined to fine them 20s. and costs, in default to be imprisoned for one month. Allowed a week for payment.

Malicious Damage.

Stephen Champs, one of the defendants in the previous case, was then convicted of unlawfully breaking a pane of glass at the "Red Lion," public-house during the assault, of the value of 1s. Ordered to pay the value of the glass, and 9s. costs.— In default, one week's imprisonment.


From the Kentish Express, 26 June, 1856.


Early on Thursday morning, this quiet village was thrown into a state of consternation by a report that Mr. John Johnson, master of our national school, had been found drowned in the mill-pool, which on enquiry was found to be too tree. Deceased was a fine young man, aged 24, a native of London, and most respectably connected. At one o'clock, an inquest was held at the "Lion," before Mr. T. T. Delasaux, and a jury. Mr. Alfred Boorman was chosen foreman, and the jury having viewed the body, the following evidence was adduced. Edward Hogben, shoemaker, stated:— At one o'clock he was called up by Miss Wood, and in consequence of what she told him, he dressed and went immediately to the mill-pool, where he found the clothes of Mr. Johnson hanging on the rails. On the arrival of his son and Benjamin baker, they searched the pool and discovered the body of the deceased at the bottom. He was quite dead. There was about seven feet of water. This evidence was corroborated by the son of the witness, and Benjamin Baker. Ann Wood said the deceased lodged at her father's house. Last evening she accompanied him home from her brother’s, at Canterbury, leaving there at about half-past ten o'clock. On arriving at the small bridge at the entrance to Sturry, he said that it was a beautiful evening and he should like to have a bathe, and requested her to fetch his cloak and a towel, and gave her his watch. After waiting at a distance for about twenty-five minutes, she went home and returned with his cloak and a towel, and found his clothes hanging on the rails, but did not see him. Thinking he was joking, she walked about for some time, and becoming alarmed, went and called up Mr. Hogben. She returned, when the body was discovered, and searched his pockets in the presence of the former witnesses, and found his property, she believed, all safe. He was in the habit of bathing at Herne Bay last summer, but witness never knew him to bathe here before. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned whilst bathing."


Faversham Gazette, 5 July, 1856.

STURRY. Death by Drowning.

Mr. John Johnson, master of the National School having been to Canterbury on Wednesday, as was customary with him, supped at Mr. G. Wood’s, draper, and returned towards home between 10 and 11, in company of Miss Wood, who also resides at Sturry, and at whose house he had had apartments the last two years. When near Sturry bridge he expressed a desire to have a bathe, the evening having been warm; and while Miss Wood went forward to get some things he required, he went in, and on her return she saw his clothes but not him. At an inquest held before Mr. Delasaux, at the "Red Lion," on Thursday, 26th ult., Miss Wood related that the deceased said when they had reached the small mill near the bridge, "It is a beautiful evening for bathing; the water is to clear, and I shall bathe;" to which she replied "Do so." He said he would if he had his cloak, and which she offered to fetch, and he requested her to bring with her a towel. Thinking he was only joking she did not return till after the space of 20 minutes, when she saw his clothes hanging on the rail, but not seeing him she felt alarmed, and went to the house of the sexton, who with two other persons returned with her. After waiting about two hours she went home, and his clothes were brought to her house before his body was found, and on being searched all his property was found safe, as she believed. She believed his death was accidental.

Edward Hogben stated that Miss Wood called him up at about one o’clock on Thursday morning, and in consequence of what she told him, he proceeded to the mill-pool, and on the rails near there, saw the clothes of the deceased, he was joined by his son, William Hogben, Benjamin Baker, and a surgeon named Twyman, and together they proceeded to search the pool. After about two hours they found the body of the deceased in the middle, where the water was seven feet deep. They got the body out. His belief was that the deceased was accidentally drowned. This statement was corroborated by the other two, William Hogben and Baker.

Mr. Jameson, surgeon, who was called in, on the discovery of the body, could render no assistance, as life was extinct. It was supposed that the bathing, when in so great a heat, produced cramp, and occasioned deceased to sink. His countenance was scarcely changed when taken out. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

The Rev. C. Wharton, who took a deep interest in the melancholy end of this young man, telegraphed to his parents, who reside in London, and his father left instantly — with the double weight of sorrow, that while coming to view the corpse of his son, he could scarcely tell that he would find his wife, the deceased’s mother, alive on his return, as he left her in a dying state. The deceased was 23 years of age, and much respected by all who knew him; in proof of which, we may mention that when his loss was intimated to the children who had been under his care, there was scarcely one but wept. The Rev. Mr. Wharton, in dismissing the school for a few days until a successor be appointed, delivered an impressive address to the children.


Kentish Gazette, 15 February 1876.


At the St. Augustine's Petty Sessions, on Saturday last, before Captain Hilton (chairman), and R. E. Thomson, T. G. Peckham, F. Flint, J. B. White, and J. W. Z. Wright, Esqrs., James Epps, of Sturry, was brought upon a charge of stealing a coat and a pair of gloves, the property of Frederick John Stiff.

The prosecutor left the coat and gloves on a trunk in the yard of the "Lion Inn," Sturry, on Friday week, and soon afterwards missed them, and they were traced to the prisoner who was in the habit of loafing about the Inn yard. When the prisoner was taken into custody, he heard him deny taking the coat.

The prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment with hard labour.



The original pub can be traced back to 1778. However this was demolished some time between 1914 and possible 1920. At the it it would have been under the Mackeson Brewery.

On the evening of Tuesday, November 18, 1941, just after 7 o'clock, a lone German raider, or straggler, dropped two parachute mines on the village. One landed near some allotments and caused no real damage but the second landed outside the new "Red Lion" public house demolishing much of the original houses in the centre of the High Street and killing fifteen people. One of these was a little girl who had been in the bakers and she was found in the street still clutching the bag of buns she had recently purchased. The licensees wife Rosetta Castle was also one of the 15 sadly killed.

An application was apparently made again in 1945 to get the pub reopened, but was refused by the magistrates.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 10 February 1945.

Satisfactory Licensing Report.


The annual licensing meeting of the St Augustine's Division was held at the Sessions House, Longport Street, Canterbury, on Wednesday. All licences except those of the "Red Lion," Sturry; "Sportsman," Seasalter; "Plough," Harbledown, "Wheatsheaf," Swalecliffe, "Long Reach," Whitstable; and No. 133, Mortimer Street, Herne Bay (which were adjourned) were renewed.


From the Kentish Gazette, 14 October 1778.

To be Sold by Auction, by John Baker.

On Monday the 26th day of October, 1778, between the hours of three and five o'clock in the afternoon, in the "Fleece" in Canterbury, (subject to such conditions, as shall be then and there produced.)

The following Freehold Estates, all of which are situated in the parish of Sturry, in the County of Kent, at the distance of about two miles only, from the City of Canterbury, and are held  by Tenants from Year to Year, viz.

Lot 5. A Good Accustomed Public House, called by the Sign of the "Red Lion," with a small Building, Stable and a Yard, as the same is now marked off, with the Appurtenances thereto adjoining and belonging in Sturry street aforesaid, and now in the Occupation of  Mrs. Dorothy Francis, Andrew Bean, and the said Thomas Spradbrow.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 8 June 1867. Price 1d.

The Magistrates granted an authority to William Lester to sell spirituous liquors in the “Duke of Cumberland,” Whitstable.

David Clay, landlord of the “Bricklayers,” Whitstable; John Holness, landlord of the “Red Lion,” Sturry; and to Mrs. Smith, landlady of the “Star,” Upper Hardres.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 13 September 1879.


In the case of the "Red Lion," Sturry, the landlord of which, James Hawes, was recently convicted of keeping his house open beyond the legal hour on a Saturday night, the Superintendent said he would withdraw his objection to the renewal, as the defendant had assured the police that in future he would be more firm with his customers and get them out of the house at the proper time.

The Chairman said the Bench would renew the license this time, but the landlord must certainly be more careful in future or he would run the risk of having his license taken away. The time of the Bench had been very much taken up of late in investigating charges against publicans, and the police had been given a great deal of trouble in finding them out. The magistrates would in future deal more severely with breaches of the Licensing Acts, so that he (Hawes) would do well to take warning by his recent conviction.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 27 April, 1901.


A committee meeting was held at the "Red Lion" Inn, Sturry, on Tuesday evening. Mr. Thomas Wood in the chair. The Treasurer, Mr. T. H. Pope, reported that the funds were now in a healthy condition. He was expecting some help from Broad Oak which he anticipated would enable the Committee to meet the rather heavy extra expenditure of the past season. The proceeds of the Coloured Opera Troupe Entertainment amounting to 5 18s. 7d. had been handed over to the Treasurer, and had wonderfully improved the complexion of affairs.


From the Whitstable Times, 12 February, 1944.

Licensed Houses in St. Augustine’s Division.

The Chairman (Mr. W. Colthup) congratulated all the licensees. All licences were renewed with the exception of the "Red Lion," Sturry (demolished by enemy action) and the "Sportsman," Seasalter.




FRANCIS Dorothy Mrs 1778+

THARPE Mr 1794+

CULLEN Ambrose 1828-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

JEZZARD James 1854-58+ Next pub licensee had

JEZARD Robert 1861-62+ Next pub licensee had (age 45 in 1861Census)

HOLNESS John 1867+

HAWES James 1874-81+ (age 27 in 1881Census)


BROOKER W J Mr to 20/Aug/1901

FIELD Joseph 20/Aug/1901-03+ Kelly's 1903

DAVIES Henry Edward 1911+ Next pub licensee had (age 44 in 1911Census)

HILLS William 1913-18+

HEARST Robert 1922+

YEOMAN James Nelson 1930+

CASTLE Albert G 1938-18/Nov/41 (destroyed by bomb)


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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