Earliest 1400s

Kings Head

Open 2014+

79 Wincheap Street


King's Head

Above photo date unknown kindly sent by Doug Pratt.

King's Head 2013

Above photo 2013.

King's Head 2009

Above picture from Google, September 2009.

King's Head 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

King's Head sign 1991

King's Head sign July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Registered in the licensing list of 1692 and the following year was offering Billeting for 6 soldiers.

The premises was sold by Thomas Blunden's widow, Mary, and their sons William, a habidasher and Ralph an opothecary, along with the stables, outhouses, buildings, yards, backsides and orchard garden in 1723 to Brewers Rest Fenner of Canterbury.

Flints later took over the premises and in 1849 Brewers Flints purchased the premises for £300.

The street was renumbered in 1965 and has been given a number of different addresses over the years.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 24 August to Saturday, 27 August, 1768. Price 2d.


At the “King’s Head Inn,” in High Street, in the City of Canterbury, on Friday next, the 2nd of September, at Two o’Clock in the Afternoon.

THE TOWER of the Parish Church of All Saints, in the said City, with all the Timber and Materials thereto belonging (except the Bells, Lead, and Clock), which will be required to be taken down with all Speed, according to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday 20 May to Wednesday 24 May, 1769. Price 2½d.


On Saturday last, (May 20) from the Bar at the “King’s Head” in Canterbury.

A Small Silver Mug, nearly the Size of Half a Pint.
With the mark I I M on the front.

If offered to be pawned or sold, it is desired to be stopped.

Half a Guinea Reward will be paid by Mr. Hargrave, at the “King’s Head,” if Intelligence can be given of it, so that it may be had again.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 30 March 1819.


On Friday night or early on Saturday morning last, some thieves attempted to carry away the lead from over the door of the "King's Head," in Wincheap-street, in this City, and after forcing it from the holdfasts, and had almost succeeded in getting it down, they were alarmed, and made a quick retreat.




BLUNDEN Thomas to 1723 dec'd Edward Wilmot Canterbury

JILES/GILES John 1828-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840

HUBBARD James 1846-58+ Edward Wilmot CanterburyMelville's 1858

KINGSLAND William 1861+ Census

HUBBARD T 1862+ Post Office Directory 1862

BRANCHLEY Mr 1865+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury


BUTCHER S 1874-91+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891 (also carter age 47 in 1881Census)

MAY H G to July/1894 Whitstable Times

MAY Mary a July/1894+ Whitstable Times

WINTON Thomas Edward 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

SINCLAIR R 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

BEALE A W 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

SLENDER Alfred F 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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

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

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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