Sort file:- Canterbury, July, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 29 July, 2023.


Earliest 1798

(Name from)

Prince of Wales

Latest 1991+

(Name to)

51 (27) King Street / St Alphege Lane


Prince of Wales 1953

Above photo 1953, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Notice the bunting out for the coronation (2 June 1953) on the building opposite.

Prince of Wales 1965

Above photograph taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Prince of Wales 1989

Above photo 1989, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prince of Wales 1991

Above photo 1991, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prince of Wales

Above photo, date unknown.

Prince of Wales 2017

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

Prince of Wales window 2018

Above photo 2018, kindly taken and sent by Len Parrick.

Prince of Wales sign 1991Prince of Wales sign 1991

Prince of Wales sign left July 1991, right October 1991.

Prince of Wales sign 1991Prince of Wales sign 1991

Above signs 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Prince of Wales matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly send by Debi Birkin.

Prince of Wales beermat 1970s

Above beermat, circa 1970's. Kindly sent by Mike L.


Originally the "Dog and Bull" but changed name to the "Prince of Wales" in 1798 when His Royal Highness George, Prince of Wales married Caroline of Brunswick and was presented with the Freedom of the City of Canterbury.

The pub was bought by Rigdens from Flints brewery in 1849 for the sum of 510.


Kentish Gazette 21 March 1800.

Tuesday morning was taken out of the river Stour below Abbotts Mill, the body of Edward Gilligan late a private of the 55th regiment of foot. Marks of violence appearing upon his head gave strong indication that his death had not been caused by accident as the deceased, who had recently received his pay and a discharge from the regiment, and James Burk one of his comrades, were seen the preceding evening drinking at the "Prince of Wales" public-house, in King Street, which they left together, and Burk returning to the barrack late, very wet, seemingly much confused, and giving to unsatisfactory an account of his companion, that when the body was found, immediately fell upon him as the murderer. Burk in confinement placed under a guard in close confinement in the regimental hospital. The body was taken out of the River Stour in the parish of St. Stephen and the Coroner for the County was sent for, and an Inquest are expected to deliver their verdict this day.


Kentish Gazette 25 March 1800.

Saturday the Coroner's Inquest sat on Edward Gilligan, a private of the 55th foot, who was taken out of the river Stour, as mentioned in our last; and after an investigation of five hours, gave a verdict.

Accidental Death.


Kentish Gazette 14 April 1801.

On Saturday evening last died Mr. James Moss, of the "Prince of Wales" public house, in this city.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 23 September 1828.

About six o'clock in the evening of Saturday last, a chimney in the "Prince of Wales" public-house, in this city, fired, in consequence of an accumulation of soot, and we regret to add, a large portion of ignited matter fell into the bed-room on the second floor, and not only communicated with the bed-hangings, which it set on fire, but destroyed other property to the amount of 10 or 15.


From the Kentish Gazette, 14 August 1838.


Aug. 4. Mrs. Grist, wife of Mr. Grist, landlord of the "Prince of Wales" public-house, in this city, aged 54.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 January 1842.


Jan. 13, at Canterbury, Mrs. Elizabeth Clements, aged 76, many years landlady of the "Prince of Wales," in this city.


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, 28 May 1850.

On Friday Mr. DeLasaux held an inquest at the "Prince of Wales" public house, Canterbury, on the body of Louisa Lappett, nearly four years old. The child, it appeared, was suddenly seized with coughing, which was followed in a few minutes by death. Mr. Andrews, surgeon, who had been called in, being unable to state the cause of death, the inquest was adjourned in order that a post mortem examination may be made. We understand a pea has since been found in the child's lungs.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 25 May, 1861.


The members of this society, which is held at the “Prince of Wales” public house, walked in procession from their lodge-room to St. Dunstains Church, accompanied by the military band. An able and appropriate discourse was delivered by the Rev. E. Gilder, vicar, 1 Corinthians, 12 chap., 18. 19, and 20 verses. The rev. gentleman expressed himself highly gratified with the general attention manifested by the brethren of the society, and kindly landed the fee of 1 sovereign as a donation to the funds of the society.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 14 September 1867. Price 1d.


The license of the "Prince of Wales," King-street, was suspended until the 19th inst, when the adjourned court will be held.


The Inns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot's,1988, mentions a document, date circa 1945 that gives the description of clientele at the pub as being "Local artisans, visitors and shoppers."


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


Catherine Switsey, a German, was charged with stealing three brushes, the property of George Palmer, on the 14th inst.

Prosecutor said:- I live in King-street, and am a grocer. On Saturday evening I received information that some brushes hanging outside the door of my shop had been stolen. Upon counting them I missed three, of the value of 1s. 6d. I afterwards went up King-street in company of P.C. Oclee, and met the prisoner, who had several brushes about her. I believe the whole of the brushes produced are my property, but I cannot swear to them.

P.C. Oclee proved finding the brushes upon the prisoner, and when she first saw him she cried out “Oh! my God! I'm done now.” She was I then in company of a tall dark man.

Rebecca Draper, landlady of the “Prince of Wales,” beershop, said she purchased a brush of the prisoner for three pence, in payment of a pint of beer.

The prisoner, who pleaded; drunkenness, was sentenced to 31 days' imprisonment.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 13 July 1867. Price 1d.


At St. Augustine's Petty Sessions, Canterbury, on Saturday, Henry Gore, a labourer, of Minster, Thanet, was charged with stealing a quantity of plants, of the value of 30s., the property of the Rev. Augustus Smith, at Littlebourne.

The prosecutor stated that either on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning about four dozen geraniums, a rose tree, and several other plants, were taken from his flower garden. He identified the rose tree produced as his property.

P.C. Phipps deposed that from information he had received respecting prisoner he went in search of him, and apprehended him in Wingham on the 3rd instant, when he told prisoner that he should take him to the station house on suspicion of having stolen some plants from Littlebourne Vicarage; and prisoner said he knew nothing about the plants, but he afterwards admitted that he had stolen them, and taken them to Canterbury. Witness then asked prisoner where he had taken them in Canterbury, when he replied that he took some to the “Prince of Wales” and the “Two Bells,” and some to a greengrocer's. Witness then proceeded with prisoner to the “Prince of Wales,” and the landlady said the geraniums were in the yard. He then went to the “Two Bells,” and asked the landlord for the rose tree. The landlord (Mr. Bradford) said that prisoner had brought some plants to him, but that he had taken them away with him when he left the house. Witness then searched the premises, and found the rose tree planted in the garden, and thirteen geraniums near the back door. Prisoner admitted that that was the rose tree he had taken from the Rev. Mr. Smith's.

In answer to the Bench, Superintendent Walker stated that he had had a number of complaints of prisoner from persons residing in Petham and elsewhere, who did not wish to take the trouble to prosecute.

The magistrates fined prisoner 5. 6s. costs, and 5s. damages; or, in default, to be sentenced to two months' hard labour.


From an email received 29 May 2016.

Prince of Wales presentation

Front row Hugh McWhinnie, Landlady, ?, Landlord. (Ernie)

Back row: ? , Hougham.

Both the young men at the back will be in their late 60s

Photograph taken mid 70s definitely before 1978.

On the back of photo, Copyright, Kentish Gazette, Photographic Service, 9, St George's Place, Canterbury. Ref. No. 25527/5.



MOSS James to Apr/1801 dec'd

CLEMENTS William 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

CLEMENTS Elizabeth 1828-34+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GRIST John to Aug/1838 dec'd age 54 (27 King Street) Stapletons GuideHistoric Canterbury web site

MORLEY Adnet 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

PARIN Charlotte 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

WEBB Stephen 1858-62+ (age 40 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

WHITE W 1867+

DRAY W 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

AUSTEN John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

SADDLETON Joseph to Sept/1879 Next pub licensee had Whitstable Times

LORD M Sept/1879+ Whitstable Times

JOHNSON Thomas W 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

KENNAN William J 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

ROBERTSON Thomas 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

GOODHEW Oliver B 1901-03+ (age 36 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

CLARK Albert Richard 1905-08+

CLARK Emily 1911-13+ (widow age 37 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

WILL Stephen date unknown Historic Canterbury web site

VENABLES Thomas William 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

GRANT Bertram 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

WELLS Caleb S 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

???? Ernie 1970s+ (last licensee)


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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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