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Earliest 1847-

(Name from)

Prince Albert

Latest 1938+

82 Stour Street (Lamb Lane 1860)


Prince Albert 2017

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

Canterbury map 1874

Above map 1874 identified by Rory Kehoe.

Canterbury map Lamb Lane

Above map showing Lamb Lane.


Traced from between 1850 and 1938, this is all the information I have managed to find on this pub at present.

The pub was in between Jewry Lane and the High St. This has now been absorbed within the "County Hotel" complex and now part of the rear entrance to the "Abode Hotel."

It has been suggested that the "Kings Head Tap" changed to "Prince Albert Inn" in honour of Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. The name change would have been after this date.

The census of 1861 referred to this as the "Prince Albert and Boarding House," located in Lamb Lane.


South Eastern Gazette 16 April 1850.


Henry Nutter, aged 36, an agricultural labourer, was charged with having stolen a picture and frame, the property of James George, of the "Prince Albert" public-house. The picture was hanging in the house, and had been seen by the landlord shortly before the prisoner's entering; after his departure, it was missed. He was traced to a beer-shop in St. Dunston's, where he sold the picture - the purchaser still being present when police-constable Holloway went in and arrested the latter. He was stated to be much intoxicated at the time; and in defence, said he had no knowledge of having taken the picture, or how it had come into his possession. Parties were called to speak to his previous good character; and he was sentenced to be imprisoned one week.


Kentish Gazette, 16 April 1850.


These sessions were held on Thursday last, before J. Deedes, Esq., Recorder.

The following gentlemen were sworn on the grand jury:— Mr. Charles Mason (foreman), Hy. West, Geo. Castleden, Wm. Payne, Edward Keeler, Thos. Pratt, Wm. Poole, George Harrison, Thos. Moore, Geo. Claris, Thos. Mose, Wm. Green, Hy. Russell, John Harman, Rd. Pierson, Thos. G. Kennett, George Smith, Fredk. Bellingham, Robert Reeve, Chas. Hudson, Jacob Brook, Thos. Fairbrass.

Henry Nutter, 36, charged with stealing, on 1st March, 1850, a picture and frame, belonging to James George, from the evidence adduced, at appeared that the prisoner had visited the house of the prosecutor, who keeps the "Prince Albert" public house in Lamb lane, and that shortly after he left, the picture was missed; the prisoner was discovered, very much in liquor, in the "Rose and Crown," St. Dunstan’s, having sold the picture for 1s. 6d. Several parties bore testimony to the prisoners previous good character, and the court sentenced him to one week's imprisonment and hard labour.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 28 July, 1860.


Mrs. Mary Taylor, wife of William Taylor, blacksmith, of Gas-row, charged Henry Baker, a railway labourer, with assaulting her on Saturday night at the "Prince Albert" public-house, Lamb-lane. The parties are neighbours, and do not appear to have lived on good terms for some time.

The bench fined the defendant in the penalty of 2s. 6d., and 6s. expenses.

The complainant went to the "Prince Albert" in quest of her husband, and alleged that the defendant struck her without any provocation whatever.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 16 January, 1864.


John Fallum, a stranger, was charged with stealing a till, containing a small sum of money and other articles, from the “Prince Albert,” in Lamb-lane, kept by Mr. Atkin. The case against the accused was this:- On Wednesday night he was seen lounging about the vicinity of the public-house in the company of another man. After some time both disappeared, and the till was found to have been removed from the “Prince Albert.” Information was given to the police, and search made for the men, who were found, and requested to accompany a constable to the police-station. On the way to the lock up the companion of the prisoner, although not in custody, ran off, and nothing more has been heard of him. Upon Fallum was found some cash, which there was every reason to believe formed part of the contents of the till. Evidence having been adduced as to identification, the prisoner was committed to take his trial on the charge.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 9 April, 1864.

John Fallon, 38, painter, was charged with stealing 20s. a till, a ring, and a brooch, the property of Thomas Atkins, on the 11th January.

The prosecutor said he kept the “Prince Albert” public-house. At five minutes past eleven on the 11th January he last saw his till. It then contained the articles the prisoner was charged with stealing. The key was taken with the till.

By the prisoner:- I did not see you in my house.

By the Recorder:- I do not know the prisoner.

George Fowler kept a coffee-house in Palace-street. On the 11th January he saw the prisoner at the corner of White Horse Lane, a distance of 100 or 200 yards. He was standing with a man in an Inverness cape About an hour-and-a-half after that the prisoner and the other man went to his house, and the prisoner asked him if he had got a bed he could let him have. He said he had got plenty of money, and his mate had more than he had. Some time after the prisoner went back, and said they had let him off, for they could not find anything on him. His mate gave them the “leg,” but if he had been caught he should be legged too. He then said, “When I was standing outside I slung it, but I know where to find it.”

P.S. Ells went to the coffee-house of the last witness, and there saw the prisoner and the other man. They both came out of the house, and he apprehended both of them. The prisoner said he would go to the station, but the other man said “I don't think I will,” and ran away. The prisoner was then discharged, but re-apprehended.

Godsmark corroborated the evidence of Mrs. Fowler.

P.C. Hayward apprehended the prisoner on the first occasion. He heard some money fall from the pocket of the man who escaped, he went back to the spot, and found a brooch (produced) on the kerb stone.

The prisoner read a lengthened written statement.

The Recorder having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.



GEORGE James 1847-51+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847South Eastern Gazette (age 65 in 1851Census)

YOUNG Thomas 1861+ (age 50 in 1861Census)

ATKINS Thomas 1862-91+ (also a fly proprietor age 58 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891Electoral Register

NARRINGTON Edward S 1901-03+ (age 44 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Historic Canterbury web site

BUCKLEY William J 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

BRICE Henry 1922-38+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938


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

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

Electoral RegisterElectoral Register


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