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19 (29) Pound Lane (St Peter's Lane 1838Stapletons Guide)


Plough site drawing 1972

Above print from "City of Canterbury Streets and Buildings," drawing by John Berbiers. 30 April 1972. Showing the site of the former Plough.


The premises was situated in Pound Lane on the corner of St Peter's Lane.

Originally called the "Plough" in 1858 and traced to 1882. However, I also have seen mention of a "Wheatsheaf" addressed at number 19 and occupied by Richard Clench, Brewers servant date unfortunately unknown and at the same address William Todd, Marine Stores, who is also mentioned as being licensee of the "Tower Inn" from between 1871 and 1891. The dates seem to overlap, so I don't believe that this pub changed name at present and that the information has some inaccuracies.


From the Kentish Gazette, 22 September 1846.

On Thursday last the publicans whose licenses had been suspended for a fortnight again appeared before the Canterbury magistrates, when all but three had them restored. These three were:— William Knott, "Plough;" William Dodd, "British Oak;" Stephen Champ, "Citizen of the World."


From the Kentish Gazette, 12 September 1848.


Thursday being the annual licensing day of victuallers, in Canterbury, the magistrates were occupied some time in making the necessary preparations, and they granted licenses to a hundred and twenty-seven persons; four others being absent, will have theirs at a future sitting. There were eight fresh applications - two of them for restorations of the licenses to H. Gills of the "Dolphin," St. Radigund-street, and W Knott, "Plough," St. Peter's Lane, which were still withheld, and one by R. Pilcher Baggs, for a house No. 6, Castle-street, refused.


From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 3 September, 1859. Price 1d.


There were six applications for new licenses.

Wm. Todd, for the “Plough,”, St. Peters Lane;

The whole of these, were refused.


South Eastern Gazette, 3 July, 1860.

Robbery By Two Soldiers.

At the City Police Court, on Wednesday, two privates in the 64th regiment, named Jones and Sankey, were charged with stealing a coat, value 30s., the property of a brewer name Field. The coat was missed from a chair in the prosecutors living room, and about six o'clock on Monday evening, and was pledged the same evening at Mr. Hart's, in St. Peter's-street. A person named Lee brought the duplicate of the coat for 2s. of the prisoner Jones at the "Plough," on Monday night, about 3 o'clock. While in the station-house, the prisoner Jones told police-sergeant Else that they were guilty of stealing the coat. They gave the woman 2s. 6d. to pledge it. Sankey was not present when this statement was made. Todd, the landlord of the "Plough," proved that the prisoners went to his house together with a bundle, but he did not know what it contained. The accused were then remanded till Thursday, when further additional evidence was adduced, after which the Bench discharged Sankey, as there was a reasonable doubt as to whether he was aware that the coat had been stolen. Jones was sentenced to three months' hard labour, the mayor reminding him that if his object in committing the offence was to avoid being sent out with the next draft, he would be disappointed, inasmuch as some way would be adopted whereby he would accompany the draft.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.


There were nine applications for new licenses, as follow:—

Granted. Isaac Barlow, for the "Tower Inn," Pound-lane.

Elizabeth Martin, for the "Kentish Arms," sic Westgate.

Refused. William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound-lane.

Isaac Pierce, for the "Millers Arms," Pound-lane.

James Henry Robins, for the "Sovereign," Castle-street.

Richard Yeomans, for the "Steam Packet," North-lane.

John Sidney Hawkes, for the "Cannon Inn," Northgate sic.

Edward Yeomans, for the "Man of Kent."

John Gillis, for the "Fortune of War."

A billiard license was granted to William Dilnot Wildish, Parade. Possible "Brewery Tap."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


The applications for new licenses were then made, as follows:-

William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound Lane. Refused.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 11 January, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.

TUESDAY. (Canterbury)

William Richard Whorlow, a mariner, of Whitstable, was charged with assaulting Timothy Poole, on Monday evening, in St. George’s, and damaging both that individual and also his organ.

Under the apprehension that the complainant, who is an Italian, could not speak English, Lawrence Ginnoclao, an Italian, residing in Canterbury, was sworn as interpreter, but as he did not succeed very well in his new office, the complainant's statement was taken from him in the following words:

I am lodging at the “Plough” public-house. Last night, about a quarter past six, I was playing on my organ at the top of the town, just by a shop, when he (pointing to the defendant) passed me and pushed me in the back, and my stomach did go on the top of the organ, and I did fall down. I did leave my organ, and went after him, and I said to him, “Man, you knock me down; you come long with me.” Then he punch me. I did walk with him, until I did see policeman, and I said “Take this man to the station-house.” My stomach, you see, is not very well this morning, because he pushed me. That is all I have to say.”

Superintendent Davis said the leg of the organ was broken, but he did not think it was damaged internally, as the man had played three tunes on it at the station. The complainant, on the contrary, said that his organ had been quite put out of tune.

The defendant called Wallace Harris, who was also a mariner living at Whitstable, and who was walking with the defendant on the evening in question. They were walking quickly, to catch the Whitstable train. They might have been a little the worse for liquor, but not much. Witness saw the complainant playing his organ, and he (witness) accidentally pushed the defendant, who, to save himself from falling, came against the complainant. Defendant was three feet from complainant when witness pushed him.

The Mayor said the defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge of assault, and they had also heard that he had used very bad language at the station-house which was the worst part of the case. He would be fined 5s. and costs.

The money was immediately paid.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 30 May, 1863.


A man named Hogan, a tramp, was charged with stealing a pair of boots from the “Plough” public house, Pound-lane. It appeared that the prisoner went into the “Plough” on Saturday night and made inquiries about lodgings. He was the worse for liquor, and after being told that he would be charged 2 1/2d. for his bed, he remained only a short time. After he had gone away a pair of boots belonging to another lodger was missed. Information was given to the police, and the prisoner was apprehended in a lodging-house in Groves-lane with the boots in his possession.

The prisoner pleaded “guilty” to taking the boots, and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour. It was stated that after leaving the “Plough” the prisoner went lo the “Steam-Packet” public-house, where he stole a coat, the property of a lodger. This case was not investigated, but the magistrates directed the coat to be given up to the owner.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 20 April, 1867. Price 1d.


On Monday last the body of a man Domed Joseph Guest, was found in the river Stour, near the Friar's Bridge. It appears that the deceased has not been heard of from Wednesday week the 3rd inst, (when he was seen by his brother-in-law at the “Plough” public house, in Pound Lane), up to Monday last, when his body was found in that part of the river which runs through the Friars. On the same evening an inquest was held on the body, at the “Prince of Orange” public house, when the following evidence was adduced:-

P.I. Andrews said:- I am inspector of the police of the city of Canterbury. I have looked at the body of the deceased and identify it as that of Joseph Guest. I searched him and found 16s. 2d. upon him. He was a pensioner and had been in the army; and a few years since he kept the “Royal Oak,” in Longport, but has recently been an inmate of the Canterbury Workhouse.

Jarvis Joiner, labourer, deposed:- At between the hours of one and two this afternoon, from information I received, I went down stairs from the room in which I was at work, and looked into the river Stour. I procured a ball of string and a hook and drew ashore that which proved to be the body of the deceased. He was quite dead and appeared to have been in there several days. There is a dipping spot in the Friars, from which a person might fall into the River. The deceased's clothes were buttoned. The dipping place is on the same side of the River as the deceased was found.

Austin Neame deposed:- I am a porter, and the deceased was my brother-in-law, and is 68 years of age. He was a pensioner, having been in the 11th Hussars. Ho received his pension on Monday, the 1st inst. and I saw him on the following Wednesday.

He occasionally got the worse for liquor.

The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned.”


From the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, 26 October, 1874.

Conviction Notice.

Benjamin Merritt and Robert Smith, St Andrew's: stealing 1 pair of boots, value 9s 6d, belonging to Messrs. Pocock, Boot Manufacturers, of St Margaret's Street, Canterbury.

Witness statements: Henry Lamb, Pocock's assistant, of Oaten Hill, Canterbury; Thomas Chimery, a Hawker, living at the "Plough Inn," Canterbury; Amy Ditton, living at the "Plough Inn," Canterbury; Inspector Thomas Andrews and Constable Thomas Hayward both of Canterbury Police. Smith imprisoned 3 calendar months, hard labour, in the Gaol of St Augustine's Canterbury. Documents do not include the outcome for Merritt.


From the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, 1 May, 1876.

Conviction Notice.

William Daisy, St Peter's: assaulting James Ditton. Fined 5s plus 14s costs payable forthwith. If in default of payment 14 days in the House of Correction St Augustine's, Canterbury.


From the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, 30 January, 1880.

Conviction Notice.

Julia James, St Peter's: theft of a half sovereign, property of Thomas Wells. Witness statements: Thomas Wells living in a lodging house in Pound Lane Canterbury and Eliza Ditton of the same address. Imprisoned 1 calendar month, hard labour, in HMP Maidstone.


From the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, 2 July, 1885.

Conviction Notice.

James Ditton a person licensed to sell intoxicating liquors, St Mary Northgate: allowing his premises to be used as a brothel. Fined 5 plus 19s 6d costs payable forthwith. If in default of payment the sum to be raised by the sale of the defendant’s goods or 1 calendar month, hard labour, in HMP St Augustine’s Canterbury. The defendant to forfeit his licence and be disqualified for ever from holding any licence for the sale of intoxicating liquors.



THURSTON Edward 1838+ Stapletons Guide

KNOTT William 1846-48+

MAY James 1858+ Melville's 1858

TODD William 1860-67+ (age 32 in 1861Census)

FRASER Simon S 1871+ (also taxidermist widow age 63 in 1871Census)

DITTON James 1874-80 Next pub licensee had

ABBOTT William 1881+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

LINGHAM Benjamin 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882



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