Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 02 July, 2023.


Earliest 1803

City of Canterbury

Latest 1971

75 (43 in 1861Census) Stour Street

St. Thomas Hill


Above engraving 1887, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Rear of City of Canterbury 1904

Above photo, circa 1904, showing the rear, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

City of Canterbury 1947

Above photo, circa 1947, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

City of Canterbury 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Former City of Canterbury 2009

Above image from Google Sept 2009.

City of Canterbury sign 1991

City of Canterbury sign March 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

City of Centerbury card 1955City of Centerbury card 1955

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 9.


Building we see today is early 19th century and was mentioned an 1838 directory. However, archives held by Whitbread tell of it being bought in 1803 by Mr. Thomas Flint. It was again sold by Flints Brewery to the George Ash brewery in 1849 and then was described as "an Old Established Roadside Public House with a brick built and thatched shop in front."

According to Edward Wilmot's book "Inns of Canterbury" published 1988, the premises was converted in 1971 into student accommodation and is now used as a boarding house for girls at St. Edmunds.

This house is not to be confused for the "Old City of Canterbury" at Oaten Hill.


From the Kentish Gazette, 19 July 1842.

On Saturday a fatal accident occurred to a boy named Goldsack employed in keeping birds off a pea-field opposite the "City of Canterbury" public-house, St. Thomas’s Hill, near this city. Having been entrusted with a pistol, in ramming down the charge the ramrod by some means got fixed in the barrel, and in trying to remove it the sleeve of his jacket caught the trigger, which caused the pistol to explode, the charge entered his side, and caused his death on Sunday evening.


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 November 1843.

No. 1, St. Dunstan’s 10 Burial Society.

The Fifth Anunal Meeting of this Society was held on the 7th of Oct., for the purpose of electing Officers, &c., and on the 28th about 10 of the members partook of an excellent supper at the "City of Canterbury," St. Thomas’s Hill, when some excellent remarks were made by several members on the utility of such societies, and the company separated at an early hour. It gives us much pleasure to notice the prosperous state of this Society, but 15 deaths having occurred among its members during the five years it has been established.


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.


Kentish Gazette, 11 July 1854.

On Thursday last the weekly muster of the members of the St. Thomas’s Hill trap club took place at the "City of Canterbury Inn," the attendance being much larger than usual, several members of the Whitehall club joining. Some capital matches took place, the play being of more than ordinary excellence. The usual annual matches will shortly take place between the above named clubs.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 10 May, 1862.


These favourite resorts of the Canterbury citizens on summer evening have commenced their meetings. And in each case seem to augur well for successful seasons. The most ancient of them, the “Beverley,” held its first meeting at the “Beverley Arms,” St. Stephen's, on Monday evening, the 28th of April. The St. Thomas Hill Club, held at the “City of Canterbury Tavern,” opened the campaign on May-day. The “Castle Inn” Club commenced its meetings in the beautiful orchard of the “Castle Inn,” on Monday evening last, the 5th inst.; and the next evening (Tuesday) a good muster of the members of the “Harbledown Club” assembled on the tap-green of the “Coach and Horses Inn,” which with the pretty gardens attached, have been got into very nice order by the new landlord, Mr. R. Eldridge.


The Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 18 November 1905.

Death of a Licensed Victualler.

The funeral of Mr. Henry Thomas Reece, landlord of the "City of Canterbury Inn," St. Thomas's Hill, on whose body an inquest was held by the East Kent Coroner on Friday, took place at Ashford on Saturday. The deceased was the eldest surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Reece, of Harleeh House, Ashford, who were the chief mourners together with Mr. Arthur Reece, Mr. R. L. Reece, and the Misses Reece, while others who followed were Miss Clewley, Mr. E. Ballard, Mr. R. W. Moody, Mr. T. Wilkins, Mrs. Silver, and Mr. T. Hanness. The service at the graveside was performed by the Rev. A. J. Crawford. There were many beautiful wreaths from relatives and friends.


From the Whitstable Times, 11 March, 1944.

Sailor Licensee Lost at Sea. A.B. A. N. WHEATLEY.

The tragic official news has been received by Mrs. Wheatley, of the "City of Canterbury," St Thomas' Hill. Canterbury, that her husband, A.B. Albert Norton Wheatley. R.N., is reported missing, believed killed, as the result of the loss of the cruiser H.M.S. Penelope off the Nettuno bridgehead.

A.B. Wheatley is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wheatley, of the "Artichoke Inn," Chartham, and had held the licence of the "City of Canterbury" for seven years prior to joining the Navy three years ago. There is a six-year-old son, John. Since Mr. Wheatley has been away his wife has been carrying on the business.

H.M.S. Penelope, known throughout the Navy as H.M.S. "Pepperpot" was attacked many times when she was at Malta and gained her name by steaming away with 2,000 holes in her hull. A.B. Wheatley had served with the Penelope for two and a half years.



MARTIN John 1832-51+ (Beer retailer age 43 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34Edward Wilmot CanterburyPigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

NORMAN William 1858-61 Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

HOUSDEN William 1861+ (age 46 in 1861Census)

HOPPER Edward 1867-74+ (age 37 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

SORRELL Thomas 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

HAMMOND Thomas 1891-1901 (also plate layer age 56 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

PREMBLE Amy 1901+ (age 37 in 1901Census)

FLEMING Jane Mrs 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

REECE Henry Thomas to Nov/1905 dec'd

BOANS Patrick 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

ROBBINS Frederick 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

WHEATLEY Albert Norton 1938-Mar/1944 dec'd Post Office Directory 1938


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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


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 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988



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