Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2021.

Page Updated:- Friday, 26 November, 2021.


Earliest 1789-

Little Rose

Latest 1939

27 King Street



Above photo circa 1920, kindly sent by Lee Jaycocks.

Little Rose 1922

Above photo, 1922, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Little Rose 1930s

Above photo, circa 1930s, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe via Canterbury Collection.

Little Rose 1938

Above photo, circa 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Photo taken shortly after Staplegate Place was demolished and about a year before the pub was closed down.

Little Rose 1940

Above photo, 1940, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map 1874

Above 1874 map identification by Rory Kehoe.

Little Rose location 2017

Above annotation by Rory Kehoe 2018.

Little Rose site 2021

Above photo showing the site in November 2021, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

From an Email received 3 January 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm gathering information on my family tree and am trying to find out a little about the lives of my ancestors, not just their names. I'm trying to track down the pub in the picture and I'm hoping you may be able to help?

From left to right are:

Fredrick Jaycocks (born 1904)

Hubert Jaycocks (born 1911)

Thomas Jaycocks (Father of Fredrick and Hubert)

Alice Jaycocks nee Turner (Wife of Thomas)

Ethel Jaycocks (Daughter of Thomas and Alice)

All came from Epsom Surrey

Thomas Turner (Brother of Alice Jaycocks)

Kate Turner (Wife of Thomas)

Unknown – possibly daughter.

The above moved from Epsom to Kent to run the pub.


By the age of the boys (Fredrick & Hubert), it looks like this photo was taken around 1920.

Any help you can provide will be appreciated.

Yours Sincerely

Lee Jaycocks


From an email received 6 January 2012.

The "Little Rose" in Canterbury – there was a "Little Rose Inn" in King Street (No. 27) “opposite Jacksons, at the corner of Staplegate” it was around as early as 1789. It closed in 1939, but many of the buildings in King street were demolished during the clearances and I believe this might have been one of them.


Tina Machado,



Traced as serving beer from between 1862 and 1939, that is about all I know of this pub at present. Although there is a passage from the Whitstable Times, below, that mentions the pub as being in the Military Road. Could that be an error.

Further research has found a pub called the "Little Rose" addressed as Church Street, which isn't far from the Military Road. I am not sure where King Street used to be in reference to the other two addresses listed. Local knowledge required I'm afraid.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 5 October, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.

The Superintendent of Police reported that he found persons drinking, during the prohibited hours on Sunday morning, in the house of Mr. W. C. Irons, the “Malt Shovel., Broad street, and in the house of Mr. Stroud the “Little Rose,” in the Borough. The landlords of the two houses, who were in attendance, were reprimanded. They promised not to repeat the offence.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 16 January, 1864.


T. T, Delasaux, Esq., the Canterbury Coroner, held an inquest at the “Little Rose Inn,” on Thursday, on the body of Henry Turner a greengrocer, currying on business in the Borough of Staplegate. The evidence adduced at the inquiry went to show that whilst on the morning of that day (Thursday) the deceased was plying his ordinary avocation in the street, he fell down and shortly afterwards expired. Mr. Thornton, surgeon, proved that the deceased had been suffering from disease of the heart, and the jury returned a verdict of “Death by natural causes.


Kentish Gazette, 2 May 1854.

Public House To Let.

An old-established Corner House, the sign of the "Little Rose," in the borough of Staplegate, Canterbury, (which is densely populated; the rent is more than cleared by lodgers.

Incoming about 120.

For full particulars apply to Mr. Thomas Friend, Auctioneer, &c, St. Radigund's Street; or on the Premises.

1st May, 1854.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 5 January, 1867. Price 1d.


Robert Calder, was charged with having, on the 26th Dec., assaulted and beaten one John Reeve, contrary to the statute.

The complainant stated that he went into a public-house in Military-Road (the “Little Rose”), on Wednesday evening, and he had not been there long before the defendant called him across to his party. When witness got over there defendant took up his fist and knocked witness down, without saying a word. He gave witness a black eye. Witness was neither drank nor sober at the time.

In cross-examination by defendant, the witness said he never stripped his coat to fight him.

The Magistrates thought the balance of evidence was in favour of the complainant, and they fined defendant 1s. and 10s. costs, or fourteen days' imprisonment.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 30 July 1898.

Theft of a Pair of Boots.

Henry Stewart was charged with stealing a pair of boots, value 10s. 6d., the property of Frederick William Randall, bootmaker, Burgess Street, on the 23rd instant.

Frederick William Randall, Jr., assistant to his father, identified the boots produced as his property.

On Saturday morning last at 10:15 the boots were hanging on a pole outside the door. Witness missed them the same night at 9:45.

John Barton, who lives at the "Little Rose," the Borough, deposed that prisoner had been lodging at the same inn. On Sunday morning, between 9 and 10 o'clock, witness was washing himself in the washhouse when prisoner came in and said he had a pair of boots for sale. Witness told him to fetch them and if they fitted he would buy them. Prisoner brought the boots produced and said witness could have them for 3s. Witness brought the boots, but asked prisoner if they were alright, meaning how did he come by them. Prisoner replied "Yes."

Later, finding they were too big, witness sold them for 4s.

John Taylor, a dealer of Knotts Lane, deposed to buying the boots purchased at last witness for 4s.

Sergeant Dunk deposed that about 5:45 the previous evening he arrested the prisoner at the "Little Rose" public house and charged him with stealing the boots produced.

He replied "Oh! all right."

Prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, said that he bought the boots off a man outside the "Little Rose," on Saturday night.

Superintendent Farmery said that prisoners character hitherto had been very good. This was his first mistake. He had lately got into low company.

The Bench imposed a fine of 20s. and 14s, or 1 months imprisonment.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 13 April, 1901.


The Canterbury Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson) held an inquest on Thursday afternoon at the "Royal Oak," Longport, on the body of Winifred Mary Patterson, aged four years and ten months, the daughter of the tenant of the "Little Rose" public-house, King Street, who died in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital on the previous day.

Margaret Patterson, mother of deceased, and wife of Robert Patterson, of the "Little Rose," King Street, said about twenty minutes to seven on Monday deceased woke up crying, and asked witness to let her go downstairs. Witness remained upstairs, and in a few minutes heard deceased shrieking. Witness ran downstairs, and found her in flames. Witness put out the flames and took the child to the hospital. They got there by seven o’clock.

In answer to the Coroner, witness said they bought a fire-guard two years ago, but it did not fit properly, and they put it away in the cellar.

The Coroner informed witness that so many inquests had to be held on little children who met their deaths in this way that the Home Secretary had taken the matter up, and requested Coroners to recommend fire-guards in all families.

Eliza Williams, servant at the "Little Rose," said on Monday deceased came downstairs, and went into her mother’s kitchen and played. She heard deceased crying “Elizi,” and ran to her, and found her with her nightgown in flames. Witness took her skirt and squeezed it round the child and put the fire out, with the assistance of a lodger. Witness and the mother took the child to the hospital.

Mr. William Ewart, house surgeon at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, said deceased was admitted on Monday morning, suffering from a large superficial burn. She seemed better at first, but was taken worse, and died on Tuesday evening. On making a post-mortem examination he found congestion of all the internal organs, caused by the burns. The cause of death was shock, caused by the burns.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and added a rider that fireguards should be provided in every case where there are children.


From the Whitstable Times, 1 March, 1902.


Harriet Denne, aged 54, wife of a gateman employed on the railway, was charged with stealing a counterpane, valued at 2s., on May 21st, 1900, the property of Mary Gambrill, wife of a private in the Army Medical Corps, and living at 2, Church Cottages. St. Radigand’s.

Complainant deposed that in May, 1900, she lived at 14, Mill Lane, and defendant lived next door. On May 21st, while she was moving into the house, defendant pushed into the house and asked her if she had got straight. At that time the counterpane produced was on a basket on the table. Witness subsequently missed it, and also a table cloth. As no one but defendant had been into the place witness went to her and asked her about the things, but she only got abuse. Witness subsequently gave information to the police. She did not see the counterpane again until the Wednesday in the present week, when Sergeant Swain took her to the “Little Rose Inn,” where she saw the quilt; it had been cut in half. She identified it by certain marks.

Margaret Patterson, wife of the landlord of the “Little Rose Inn,” stated that about two years ago defendant came to her house with the quilt, and asked her to buy it. She gave her 3d. for it.

Police Sergeant Swain gave evidence as to tracing the quilt to Mrs. Patterson.

Defendant pleaded guilty and expressed her sorrow.

Superintendent Farmery said she had not been charged before, but her husband and the police had had a lot of trouble with her through drink.

The Magistrates inflicted a fine of 5s. and 14s. costs, or seven days’ hard labour.


From the Whitstable Times, 20 December, 1902.

At the Police Court on Friday, before Mr. D. Amos (in the chair), Mr. G. J. Drury, Mr. W. Nettersclift, and Mr. E. G. Stead, Mr. Arrowsmith (Messrs. Kingsford and Co.), appeared on behalf of Messrs. Rigden and Co., brewers, in reference to proposed alterations at the “Little Rose Inn,” King Street, a, common lodging house which it is proposed to convert into a licensed house. Plans were put in.

Mr. G. Wiltshire, builder, applied on behalf of Messrs. Ash and Co. as to alterations at the “Dane John Tavern,” and put in plans.

Mr. W. J. Jennings, architects, handed in plans for the re-building of the “Bat and Ball,” Old Dover road, and explained them.

The Chairman said that in view of the alterations which were coming into force they deemed it undesirable to deal with any of these applications at the present time.



BURROWS Mark 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

SOLLY Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (Church Street)

WRIGHT Richard 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (Staplegate Street)

BLISSETT James 1838+ Stapletons Guide (King Street, Staplegate)

GRIST John 1838+ Historic Canterbury web site

STEVENS William 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

STROUD Thomas 1851+ (age 49 in 1851Census)

STROUD Thomas 1861-62+ (age 33 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

HAMOND J 1867+

STROUD Mrs Jane 1874-81+ (widow age 71 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874

JOHNSON Thomas William 1881-91+ Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891 (age 40 in 1891Census)

PATTERSON Robert 1901-03+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

ROWLAND Philip 1911-17+ (age 46 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Historic Canterbury web site

MILLS Alfred 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

TURNER Thomas F 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

DANTON Alfred I 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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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