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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1692-

George and Dragon

Latest 1969

(Name to)

13 St. Dunstan's Street / 12 Westgate Street


George and Dragon 1900

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

George and Dragon 1908

Above photo circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. As under the tied house of Ash's Dane John Brewery.

George and Dragon 1909

Above photo, circa 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Kent Arms" extreme left.

George and Dragon

Above photo date circa 1930s kindly sent by Doug Pratt.

George and Dragon 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.


The pub was mentioned in the 1692 Licensing List simply as the "George" and in 1693 offered Billeting for 4 soldiers. Evidence shows the building to have been converted from two old cottages.

The Inns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot's,1988, mentions a document, date circa 1945 that gives the description of clientele at the pub as being "Artisans, some miners and visitors."

After a complete renovation when the pub closed in 1969, the name was changed to the "Bishops Finger" and opened in May 1970. It was said the cost of renovation was between 10 and 15 thousand pounds.


Kentish Gazette, 19 April 1803.


On the premises, on Tuesday the 26th instant, April, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, for the term of 21 years from Michaelmas next, agreeable to conditions that will be then and then produced.

THE "GEORGE" PUBLIC-HOUSE, with out buildings and some fixtures, and a piece of land behind the same, now used as a tan yard, situate in the parish of Holy Cross Westgate Without.

And on the same day, at three o'clock in the afternoon, for the term of 21 years, from Lady Day, 1803, The "CASTLE" Public House on the premises, in Castle-street, in the city of Canterbury. Canterbury, 19th April, 1803.


From the Kentish Gazette, 22 September 1846.

TO BE LET, With Possession at Michaelmas.

THAT old-established INN, the "George and Dragon," High Street, CANTERBURY. The Yard pays about half the rental.

For particulars and to treat, apply to Mr. Mendey, on the Premises.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 January 1848.

A good attendance of members participate in the the discussions of the Friendly Debating Society, on Wednesday evenings, at the "George and Dragon Tavern," High-street. The subject discussed at the last meeting, and which elicited some excellent argument, was, "Which of the arts or sciences has most conduced to the benefit of man?" The discussion will be resumed tomorrow evening.


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, 16 March 1852.

Thomas Brown, 39, cutting and wounding William Selby, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, at St. Mary, North.

Mr. Maxwell prosecuted.

Prosecutor and prisoner had been working together, and were in the "George and Dragon" public-house on the 9th August, and left about nine o'clock. Heard some person say "I will chop your-head off.'' On looking round he received a blow on the right ear, and right side of his head, which knocked him down. Before he got up he found a cut on his left thigh, and on both his hands.

James Smith deposed that he was outside the public house, and saw the prosecutor and prisoner, and heard the latter say that he would cut his "----- head off," but did not see him strike him.

— Grant deposed that he saw the prisoner knock down the prosecutor with a hook, und strike him several times with it after he was down.

Mr. Jameson, the surgeon, was called to see the prosecutor, whom he found greatly exhausted from loss of blood. He found an extensive wound on the back of his head dividing the right ear through, an extensive wound across the face, and a slight wound across the nose.

Guilty:— Ten years' transportation.


Kentish Gazette, 21 September 1852.

Thursday. Licensing.

This being the adjourned licensing day, those parties, whose licences had been suspended, again attended, and after receiving animadversion for their irregularity of conduct, had their licences granted, but with a decided caution that if again complaints were made against them they would not have their licences in future.

These parties were:- John Stairs, of the "Eight Bells," King Street;

John Noble, "Kentish Arms;"

George Kilner, "City of London;"

John Jordan, "White Heart;"

John Gillis, "Bricklayers' Arms;"

Elizabeth Forbes, "Oddfellows Arms;"

John Murphy, "Carpenter's Arms;"

Richard Wellard, "George and Dragon," Westgate;

Joseph Pentecost, "Royal George;"

and George Crow, "Rose and Crown."

Applications for New Licences.

Thomas Rodgers, of the "Sir Robert Peel" beer shop;

David Tuthwell, "True Britain;"

and Edward Gordon, "Pine Apple,"

applied for spirit licences, but which were refused.


Kentish Gazette, 30 November 1852.


An information was laid against Richard Wellard, landlord of the "George and Dragon," by Capt. George, of the East Kent Militia, for refusing to admit four militiamen, on presenting a billet on the 24th inst. Defendant pleaded guilty, but in extenuation stated, that only one man came to the house and presented the billet, which had the names of four men written on it, though erased by a pen being drawn through them. He questioned the man, who, he stated, was drunk and abusive; and not obtaining satisfactory replies, refused to take him. The magistrates told defendant he might have easily discovered, by applying to the billet-master.

Convicted in the penalty of 40s. and costs, that being the lowest amount they could inflict—the penalty being 5. and not less than 40s.


Kentish Gazette, 6 June 1854.

On Thursday, George Wellard, of St. Dunstan's was had before our city magistrates for having his house open for the sale of liquors at one o'clock on Sunday morning; and fined 5s. and 10s. costs.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 June, 1860.


On Monday last the Ancient Order of Foresters, (Court Victoria 1,805) held their 14th anniversary dinner at the "George and Dragon Inn," High-street, Canterbury. The members met at the above inn, where they were provided with a first-rate dinner. After the cloth was removed, the usual loyal toasts were drunk with customary honours. In the course of the evening Brother Brett, P.C.R., in proposing the health of the much esteemed surgeon to the club, Br. Thomas Sankey Cooper, Esq., presented him with a beautiful chased silver tobacco box, as a token of the respect in which he is held by the members of this court. Mr. Cooper made a very excellent reply to the presentation, assuring the members that during the years that he might continue as a surgeon to the society, it would always be his greatest pleasure to be able to give advice and pay the strictest attention to his fellow brothers of this club. Several excellent songs and glees were sung by Messrs. Newsome, Burr, Tilly, and Farrow, The box bore the following inscription:— "Presented to T. S. Cooper, Esq., by the Brothers of Court Victoria, No. 1.895 of the A.O.F., May 28, 1860."


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 08 October 1921.

The Canterbury Justices, on Friday, transferred the licence of the " George and Dragon," St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, from Mr. Henry James Allen, to Mr. Albert Lewis Rogers, of 7, The Wall, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne. Mr. Bert Rogers was for many years the steward of the East Kent and Canterbury Conservative Club.


From the Whitstable Times, 22 April, 1944.


"I don't care a damn what you say!" said Frank Snewin, of "Swinbourne," Slone Street, Maidstone, when he was told by P.W.R. Naylor on Tuesday evening to go home. This was stated at a special Canterbury Police Court on Wednesday when Snewin was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

Inspector R. Piddock said that as a result of a complaint P.W.R Naylor and Sp./Sgt. Buckworth went to the "George and Dragon," St. Dunstan’s Street, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and saw defendant who was obviously drunk. They advised him to go home.

The two policemen were patrolling the High Street when they again saw defendant who was shouting and using obscene language. He was arrested and taken to the police station and charged, where he said:- "Guilty? I've never been drunk in my life."

Giving evidence in Court Snewin said that he had been bombed out at Dover and worked after that as a general labourer at Maidstone. He had an operation for hernia and then came to Canterbury to try and get work. The Labour Exchange directed him to two jobs on Tuesday morning but his services were not required. He was a single man and had managed to obtain lodgings in Canterbury. Defendant said that he had served sixteen years in the Royal Artillery and received no pension.

Inspector Piddock said that Snewin had been sentenced to one month's hard labour at Ashford Police Court, in August. 1943, for being drunk and disorderly.

The Chairman of the Bench, Mr. Garnet Denne, said that they were very sorry to see an old soldier in his position.

He was fined 10/- on his promise to find work and to pay within seven days as he had no money then.



NEAVES Daniel 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

EASTON William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BODKIN Silas Ambrose 1832-47+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Edward Wilmot CanterburyPigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

BLISSETT John 1851+ (age 45 in 1851Census)

WELLARD Richard 1852-62+ (age 35 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

PIPER Charles 1868-82+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882

BUTLER W 1888-89+ Electoral Register

FYLES John 1891+ (age 36 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

BOVENZER Frank 1901-03+ (age 47 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

HARTRIDGE John 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

ALLEN Henry James to Oct/1921 Post Office Directory 1922

ROGERS Albert Lewis Oct/1921+

LANGFORD Ernest J 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

STUTELY Thomas William 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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

Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

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

Electoral RegisterElectoral Register


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