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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1828-

Blue Anchor

Latest 1903+

49 Dover Street (Dover Lane 1828 1847Bagshaw's Directory 1847)


Blue Anchor 1954

Above photo circa 1954, kindly identified and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map kindly identified by Rory Kehoe.

Blue Anchor position

Above photo August 2017, taken and identified by Rory Kehoe. These houses are only about 10 years old. The overlay shows the suggested position of the original building.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


From the Whitstable Times, 8 October, 1870.


The Inspector of Nuisances read his usual report, from which it appeared that a complaint had been received of a nuisance existing at the “Blue Anchor” public house in Dover Street, arising from defective drainage. It was ordered that the nuisance should be at once abated by remedying the defective drainage.

On this question of drainage connection, Mr. Welby said he thought that notice had been issued some time ago to compel house connections to be made.

Mr. T. S. Cooper, however, reminded the Committee that it was worse then useless to compel connections to be made until the water was laid on and available for flushing the drain. When the notices referred to by Mr. Welby were issued, they were very reasonably met by the objection that the water so long promised was not yet available for the purpose of flushing the sewers. It was necessary that they should take a business like view of the matter. (Hear, hear.)

The subject, after a few words from other members was allowed to drop.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


Before the Mayor (H. B. Wilson, Esq.), and J. G. Drury, Esq.

The licences of the following house was transferred:— The "Blue Anchor," Dover-street, from James A Barber to George T. Hogben.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 14 February 1903.



I have given notice of objection to the following houses:-

"Blue Anchor," Dover Street:— That the house is not structurally adapted for the use of the public and not in a fit and proper state of repair to be kept open as a public house; that the premises in the yard are sublet to three separate persons; that the premises are in an insanitary and unsafe condition; that the licence is not required to meet the wants of the neighbourhood. After this inn had been inspected by the police, and after the Magistrates had viewed, without any notice being given to the police, repairs were started about the second week in January to the back part of the premises. As far as I can ascertain the back part of the premises has been re-roofed, the roofing of the stabling has been taken down, and the props which supported the back part of the premises have been removed. I am informed that, notwithstanding this outlay, the owners have submitted plans to the Bench for the entire re-building of the premises.


Mr. Knocker, for the owners, mentioned that their architect had advised them to re-build the house, and plans would now be produced for the consideration of the magistrates. The brewers proposed to spend something like 1,800, and were prepared to meet the requirements of the police in every way.

The City Surveyor's report went to show that the present house was not fit for human habitation.


The Magistrates retired for the purpose of considering the cases. On their return into Court the Chairman said the Magistrates had given a great deal of consideration to the cases having regard to the consequences of their decisions.

The Bench considered the "Blue Anchor." was in an insanitary state and not adapted for the use of a public-house. They did not consider the house was required, and, therefore, the licence would be refused. The property had been allowed to drift into such a lamentable state of repair and it was not structurally adapted for public use. The Magistrates were not disposed to consider plans for the re-building of the house as they did not think there was any need for an addition to the houses in that street. Therefore the renewal of the licence would be refused.

The Sessions were then adjourned until February 25th.



GEORGE Thomas 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824 (Anchor, Dover Lane)

HEARN Thomas 1828+

MORGAN James 1832-62+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Bagshaw's Directory 1847 (age 60 in 1851Census)

CASTLE H 1867+

FOX Harriet 1871+ (widow age 57 in 1871Census)

HALSEY George 1874-82+ (age 37 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1882

BARBER James A to July/1884

HOGBEN George T July/1884-88+ Canterbury Journal

TOWNSEND Stephen 1891+ Canterbury Journal

LYNCH Francis 1901+ (age 62 in 1901Census)

WALTER George 1903+ Kelly's 1903


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

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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847


Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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