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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1838-

Providence Inn

1903

162 Northgate Street (102 Northgate 1901Census) (St Gregory 1851Census)

Canterbury

Pewter Mug 1860s

Above mug identifying licensee Thomas Burren, (1861-66+) Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Providence mugProvidence mug

Above mugs from the "Providence" dates unknown, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

 

In 1840 Suzannah March, shopkeeper was resident at the address of 102 Northgate, which later changed number to 162. I am also informed this was on the corner of Union Street.

I have only traced this pub from between 1858 and 1903 and unfortunately that is the only information I have about the place to date.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, 7 March 1848.

A COMPACT CORNER PUBLIC HOUSE. WITH SPIRIT SHOP AND STABLING ATTACHED. TO LET,

With immediate Possession if required,

THE old-established PUBLIC HOUSE known by the sign of the "Providence," Northgate-street, CANTERBURY, in the only leading thoughfare to the Barracks, the Isle of Thanet, and Herne Bay. Rent and Incoming moderate. For full particulars, apply to the Tenant on the Premises.

 

South Eastern Gazette 16 April 1850.

DEATH.

April 5, Mr. T. Nightingale, landlord of the "Providence Inn," Northgate-street, Canterbury, aged 34 years.

 

Kentish Gazette 23 November 1858.

DEATH. NEWMAN.

Nov.12, Eliza, wife of Mr. T. Newman, of the "Providence Tavern," Northgate-street, Canterbury.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 29 March, 1862.

A special meeting of the magistrates was held at two o’clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of investigating a charge against two members of the East Kent Militia, John White and Henry White, of assaulting Charles Dyer.

From the evidence it appears that all the parties were in the “Providence” public-house on Saturday night, when the defendant Henry White wanted to fight the complainant, who refused, and being afraid of them, he got the landlord to go part of the way home with him; but when in Ruttington-lane the defendants set upon the complainant, and beat him in a most disgraceful manner. The defendant’s face was very much cut and bruised.

The Bench considered it a most brutal assault, and committed the prisoners (without the option of a fine) for one months hard labour in the city gaol.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 11 June, 1864.

PASSING COUNTERFEIT COINS.

Edward Cousins, a youth, was charged with tendering a base coin, purporting to he a half-sovereign. His prisoner entered the “Providence” public house, Northgate, kept by Mr. Burren, and asked for some liquor, in payment for which he tendered what purported to be a half-sovereign, but which subsequently turned out to be a counterfeit. The charge was not clearly brought home to the accused, and he was discharged.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 30 January, 1864.

TROTTING MATCH for 20.

On Monday afternoon a trotting match, for 10 a side, took place on the Canterbury and Dover Turnpike road, between a cob belonging to Mr. Burren, of the “Providence Inn,” Northgate, Canterbury, and it chestnut mare belonging to Mr. Charles Hornsby, of the “Duke of Cumberland Inn,” Barham. The distance was two miles—from Lydden Hill to the “Halfway House.” Belting was even at starting, and the match, which was a very close and exciting one, terminated in favour of Mr. Burren’s cob by two yards, The two miles was accomplished in two seconds under seven minutes.

 

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 10 May, 1884.

CANTERBURY POLICE COURT. THURSDAY.

Before the Mayor (H. B. Wilson. Esq.), G. R. Frend, and R. Y. Fill, Esqrs.

CONVICTION OF A PUBLICAN.

Thomas White, landlord of the "Providence Inn," Northgate, was charged with allowing his house to be the resort of prostitutes.

The Town Clerk (Mr. R. W Flint) prosecuted, and Mr. Gibson (Sittingbourne) defended.

The Town Clerk, in opening the case, said the circumstances under which this house was carried on were of a somewhat peculiar character. The Superintendent had frequently visited the house, and had been told by a man named Buckle that the landlord (White) was not there. When this summons was served White said, "I know nothing about it." If a man was the owner of a licence he was supposed to have the knowledge of everything going on, and was practically responsible for what his agents did. It seemed to him (the Town Clerk) that an attempt was being made to evade the magistrates' orders. This man Buckle applied for the transfer of the licence; but his application was refused in consequence of the objections raised by the Superintendent as to character. In spite of that, Buckle still carried on the business.

Superintendent McBean deposed:- On April 21 at 9.15 p.m. I visited the "Providence Inn." I looked into the tap, and saw a man named Buckle there. Buckle is the man to whom the magistrates refused to grant the licence in January last. I went upstairs to the dancing or singing room, and found four unfortunates there. Three of them were dancing, and one was sitting down. They were not taking refreshment. On April 16th at about 9.30 I visited the same house, and found eight unfortunates there. They were dancing and singing and sitting about I again visited the house on April 19th, and found several unfortunates there. On each occasion a number of soldiers were present. There were other girls at the bar, but I only took notice of those who were upstairs.

Police-constable Sinclair gave corroborative evidence.

Robert Barrett, a Metropolitan police constable stationed at Canterbury, deposed that he had visited the "Providence Inn" several times, and had found several unfortunates there.

Mr. Gibson, in addressing the Bench for the defence, said that the women were in the house for the purpose of necessary refreshment. The fact that the Superintendent opposed the grant the licence to Buckle was an ingredient in the case because it showed that Mr. McBean was not an unprejudiced witness; and it was also unfair that whereas the 24th April was the only day mentioned in the summons, evidence to other days had been sprung upon defendant.

John Buckle, manager of the "Providence Inn," deposed:- On the evening of April 24th, Superintendent McBean came to my house. He went up to the club room, and made no complaint to me. I went up to the room and finding three women there, I ordered them out. They had not been upstairs eight minutes.

Defendant was sworn, and said the Superintendent had seen him several times since he had held the licence of the "Providence Inn." Buckle was managing the house for witness and was in receipt of a salary.

Cross-examined:- He had never had any differences with Buckle, and he had never been kicked out of the house by him. (Laughter).

Frederick Steed, waiter at the "Providence Inn," said he had carried out his orders which were to prevent unfortunates from stopping in the house too long.

Witness gave his evidence in a manner which was evidently unsatisfactory to the Bench.

Esther Keen, a married woman, who had been employed as a charwoman by Mr. Buckle, said that on April 24th, the women who came to the club room did not stay more than ten minutes.

Sergeant Bannister (garrison police) said be had never been called to the "Providence Inn" to quell a disturbance.

Corporal Emmerson (military police) said he considered the "Providence Inn" a well conducted house.

Jackson Swallow (landlord of the "Garrison Arms") said the "Providence Inn" was now more respectably conducted than it had ever been during the twelve years he had lived next door to it.

The Bench, after consulting in private inflicted a fine of 3 and 1 3s. costs; in default, one month’s imprisonment. The licence would not be endorsed.

 

From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.

ASSAULTS.

John Buckle, a man who has charge of the "Providence Inn," was charged with having, on Jane 25th, assaulted two boys named Alfred Belsey and Richard Williams.

Belsey said that on the evening of the day in question defendant ran out of his house and struck Williams with a horsewhip. He also took Williams indoors and punched him in the face. Subsequently he threw witness down and beat him with a stick, causing seven bruises.

The defence was that Buckle had been greatly provoked by the boys throwing stones; and, in consideration of this, the Bench imposed a fine of only 1s. and costs in each case, and remitted half the costs, which amounted in all to 25s.

 

LICENSEE LIST

AIANO Charles 1838+ Stapletons Guide

DUNK Thomas 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

NIGHTINGALE T Mr to 5/Apr/1850 dec'd age 34

NIGHTINGALE Margaret 1851+ (widow age 35 in 1851Census)

NEWMAN Thomas 1858+ Melville's 1858

BURREN Thomas 1861-66+ Next pub licensee had CensusPost Office Directory 1862Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

KELLY William 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

BLANDEN Henry to Nov/1879 South Eastern Gazette

WALLIS Thomas Nov/1879-82+ South Eastern GazetteCensusPost Office Directory 1882

WHITE Thomas 1884+

BUCKLE John 1884+ (manager for White) Canterbury Journal

BAKER Henry 1891 Post Office Directory 1891

DARNFORD George H 1891+ (age 20 in 1891Census)

OLIVE Henry 1901-03+ (age 55 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903

https://pubwiki.co.uk/ProvidenceInn.shtml

 

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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

CensusCensus

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

Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

 

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