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Earliest 1824-

Kings Head

Latest 1938+

32 (27) Northgate Street


King's Head 1927

Above photo, circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1935

Above photo, 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head 1950

Above photo, circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former King's Head

Former King's Head, next to the "Penny Theatre" taken from Google March 2009.

King's Head 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

King's Head card

The above sign, wasn't actually designed and released by Whitbread, but has been designed by Robert Greenham in the same style as the card sets they distributed as a representation of what the sign looked like. Robert says:- This was based on the image which appeared on Whitbread's metal map for East Kent which was painted by D. W. Burley in 1950, on commission from Whitbread.

Whitbread metal map 1950

The above metal map, kindly sent by Robert Greenham was released, in 1950 and painted by D. W. Burley, and was titled Inn-Signia of Whitbread Houses in East Kent, Whitbread & Co Ltd. The Inn Signs designed by:- M. C. Balston, Vena Chalker, Kathleen M Claxton, K. M. Doyle, Ralph Ellis, Marjorie Hutton, Harvey James, Prudence Rae-Martin, Violet Rutter, L. Toynbee and Kit Watson.


The "King's Head" in Northgate has been traced from between 1828 and 1938 at present and is now (2012) operating as the Samaritans.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 27 October 1835.


Last week, in Northgate, Canterbury, Mrs. Lepine, landlady of the "King's Head" public-house.


From the Kentish Gazette, 1 May 1838.


JOHN JENNINGS, formerly of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourn, and "Lion Hotel," Canterbury, informs his Friends, Commercial Gentlemen, and the Public in general, that he has taken the above house, and in soliciting their patronage, begs to state that the premises have been thoroughly repaired, and modernly furnished, with an assurance that every attention will be paid to the comforts of those who may be pleased to favour him with their support.

Stall Stabling, and lock-up Coach Houses.

I actually have John Jennings as being at the "Lion Hotel" in Ospringe as early as 1816, and have no reference to him in Canterbury as yet. Paul Skelton.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 8 May 1838.

King's head Hotel, and Commercial Inn, Canterbury.

JOHN JENNINGS, formerly of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, and "Red Lion Hotel," Canterbury, informs his friends, Commercial Gentlemen, and the Public in general, that he has taken the above House, and in soliciting their patronage, begs to state that the premises have been thoroughly repaired, and modernly furnished, with an assurance that every attention will be paid to the comforts of those who may be pleased to favour him with their support.

Stall Stabling, and lock-up Coach Houses.

I have now added him to the licensing list of the "Red Lion" Canterbury as this certainly fits. Paul Skelton.


From the Kentish Gazette, 20 June 1843.


June 15, in Northgate-street, Canterbury, Mr. David Whincup, landlord of the "King's Head" public-house.


From the Kentish Gazette, 9 September 1845.


At the annual licensing on Thursday, the city magistrates renewed one hundred and nineteen licences. The applicants for five others neglected to attend, and another, Miss Duncan, applied to change the name of her house from the "Globe" to the "Victoria" — which was postponed to the 18th inst., as also was an application of Mr. Delasaux's, on the part of Messrs. Flint, brewer, to withhold the license to Mr. J. Nutt, jun., for the "King's Head," in Northgate.


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, 9 May 1854.

John Horton was also committed for trial, for stealing from the "King's Head," Northgate-street, a pewter pot, the property of the landlord.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 4 January, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.


Last week T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the “King's Head” public-house, Northgate-street, Canterbury, on the body of Emma Muir, a child three months old, who was found dead in its bed on the previous morning.

Sarah Muir deposed:- I am the wife of Charles Muir. The deceased was my child and was three months old I have never noticed anything unhealthy in the child since its birth. I put her to bed on Tuesday evening about six o’clock, and she was then apparently in good health. I went to bed about one o'clock on the following morning, and she was then well also. I awoke about five o’clock and she was then dead. Neither I nor my husband laid on the child during the night.

Mr. Rigden deposed:- I attended the mother soon after her confinement; and have therefore seen the deceased several times since her birth. I consider her a full-grown and developed child, and it is my opinion that she died in convulsions, at any rate from natural causes. I have examined the child since its death, and there are no bruises on her.

The jury returned a verdict of “Natural death.”


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 5 July 1890.


On the 24th June, at the "Kings Head," Northgate, the wife of A. S. W. Parren, of a daughter.



LEPINE Elizabeth 1824-Oct/35 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

Last pub licensee had JENNINGS John May/1838

WHINCUP David 1838-15/June/43 dec'd Stapletons GuidePigot's Directory 1840

PARREN Samuel 1847-62+ (age 47 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

PARREN Mrs 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

DRAYSON Thomas 1874-82+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882

PARREN Arthur S White (son) 1890-1903+ (also dentists assistant age 32 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

WELLINGTON G 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

WEST Albert 1922-30+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

DIBBS P J 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

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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


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