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Earliest 1885-

Forester's Hall

Latest 1944+

47 High Street


Foresters' Hall 1920s

Above photo 1920s, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Forester's Hall

Above showing part of a postcard, date unknown.


I am not sure how valid this one is as I do not have an address or indeed a definite date. However, the name of the pub was mentioned in a Song or Poem of Canterbury, that was written around 1885.

Further research tells me it was called the "Forester's Hall" at 47 High Street


From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday, 29 January, 1887.

Foresters Nigger Opera Troupe.

The Foresters' Hall, Canterbury, was crowded to excess on Thursday evening last on the occasion of the first performance of this newly formed band of Minstrels. There was a large and efficient orchestra, and the whole entertainment passed off wonderfully well, and thoroughly delighted the audience. The first part of the performance consisted of the following program:- Opening chorus, "Strike the chords of pleasure," the Troupe; song (comic), "Oh dem golden slippers," Mr. May; serenade, "Beautiful dreamer," Mr. Bodkin; song, (comic), "Oh Lucinda," Mr. Enston; song, "The old man's secret." Mr. Atterbury, song, (comic), "Massa's sent a jellygram." Mr. O'Neill; galop, "Belle Mehone," the Troupe. (The whole of the songs were sung by permission of the Mohawk Minstrels.) Part II. was as follows. Banjo song, "We are in the swim, boys," Mr. O'Neill (with chorus by the Jubilee singers in the distance); stump oration, Mr. S. B. Pettit; reported of the New York Watchmen, Mr. Muggleton, comic sketch, Messrs. Enstone and Tomalin. Then followed a very amusing sketch entitled "Out of collar." The following was the caste:- Professor Blackhead. R.A.M., Mr. S. B. Pettit, Joe (his servant), Mr. Euston; Buggins (a trombone player, Mr. Muggleton; Cuggins (a benighted traveller), Mr. Atterbury; Duggins (a banjoist), Mr. Thomalin, Fuggins (a banjoist), Mr. O'Neil; Gugging (a tregedian), Mr. Dunne; Huggins (a modern Sampson), Mr. Davey; Juggins (a modern Hercules,) Mr. Constant; Luggins (a modern Daniel Lambert), Mr. Barden; Muggings (a concertansiat), Mr. Barrow; Nuggins (a concertinaist), Mr. Forrester; Puggins (and operatic singer), Mr, Muggleton; Quggins (an operatic singer), Mr, Milton Small; Ruggins (a step dancer), Mr. May; Suggins (a step dancer), Mr. O'Neil; Tuggins (a cornet player), Mr. Belsey. The Indian contingent (the vocalist of the troupe), in conclusion, sang part of the soldiers' choruses from "I Puritani" (Bellini); and "Faust" (Gouned). Mr. E. M. Small was a stage manager, and Mr. S. Mills the hon. secretary; great credit is due to both for the excellent way in which the whole entertainment had been got up. So many applications for admission having to be refused in consequence of their not being sufficient accommodation in the Hall, it was decided to repeat the performance on Wednesday evening.


From the Whitstable Times, 25 January, 1902.


This was the title of a very interesting and instructive lecture given by Mr. A. D. Hall (Principal of the South Eastern Agricultural College, Wye), at the "Foresters’ Hall," Canterbury, on Tuesday evening, in connection with the Canterbury Gardeners’ Mutual Improvement Society under the Technical Education grant they received from the Canterbury Town Council. The Mayor of Canterbury (Alderman G. Collard) pre- aided, and was supported on the platform by the Sheriff (Councillor F. T. Gentry), Councillor T. Wood, Mr. A. D. Hall, and Mr. J. McClemens (Secretary of the Gardeners’ Society). The Mayor, in introducing Mr. Hall, referred to the little unpleasantness that was rife in the Society at present, and sincerely hoped that it would soon blow over, and that the Society would again he under the able management that it had been in the past.

Mr. Hall, who was heartily received, gave his lecture on “Manures for Gardens,” and he was attentively listened to from start to finish. He spoke of the use of manures on land, and said that land must he fed by the three substances—nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potash. He then traced the use and effect of these three substances, and gave the gardeners some practical advice when buying artificial manures. He described with some detail the application of manures on different soils.

At the close a note of thanks was passed to Mr. Hall, on the proposition of the Mayor, seconded by the Sheriff, and a like compliment was paid the Mayor for presiding, on the proposition of Councillor Wood, seconded by Mr. McClemens.




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