Sort file:- Canterbury, November, 2023.

Page Updated Canterbury:- Monday, 13 November, 2023.


Earliest 1700s+


Latest 1862

(Name to)

Castle Row / Wincheap Gate



The pub became the "Don John House" after 1868.


Kent Gazette, 5 October, 1782.

To be sold to the Best Bidder, on Saturday the 2nd day of November next, between the hours of 12 and 2 in the afternoon, at the "Rose Inn," in Saint George's Street, Canterbury by Richard Staines, Auctioneer.

Lot 1. The "Old Castle" of Canterbury, with a storehouses, Rooms, and Stowages therein, or adjoining thereto, with Appurtenances.

A Messuage, Buildings, Court and Gardens, in the occupation of Mrs. D Leftang, or her Undertenant.

A Messuage, and two large Gardens, in the Occupation of Mr. Saltwell, Gardener.

The "Bell Alehouse," with the Buildings, Stables, Ground and Appurtenances, in the Occupation of Mr. John Jackson, or his Undertenants.

A substantial Brick Messuages, neatly fitted up and and sashed, with the Buildings and Garden behind the same, now in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Kelly.

A piece of Garden Ground, lying under the Castle Wall, in the occupation of Thomas Engeham, Gardener.

A Piece of Pasture Land (being the Yard of the Old Castle) in the Occupation of Mr. John Perkins.

Another Piece of Pasture Land adjoining (Part Freehold and Part Leasehold) in the occupation of Mr. James Evernden.

All the above Premises (except a Part of the last Piece of Pasture) are Freehold, and within the the Precinct of the "Old Castle," Canterbury, aforesaid, and the Tythe-free.

Apply for further particulars to Mr. Nairn, at Milkhouse near Cranbrook; Mr. Balderton, in Mercery Lane, or Messrs. Long and Sandys, in the White Friars, Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 29 July 1791.


Takes this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers in general, for their kind support while at the "Golden Lion," Canterbury; begs to inform them, that he has now taken the "Bell Alehouse," near the Old Castle, which is fitted up in a neat manner for the reception of Company; where, by attention to business, and keeping the best of beer and spirits which was always his study, he hopes to meet with their future favours, which will be gratefully received by their humble servant.

A good Ordinary provided every Quarter Session's day.


Kentish Chronicles, 28 February, 1794.

Monday evening, the house of Mr. Collins, at the "Bell," Wincheap Gate, near the city, was entered and property to a considerable amount taken away; for the particulars of which see the advertisement in first page.


Kentish Chronicles, 28 February, 1794.

A Burglary.

Whereas the house of Thomas Collins, at the "Bell," Wincheap Gate, was entered at the back window by some person or person's unknown, between the hours of 8 and 12 o'clock in the evening of Monday, February 24th, 1794, who broke open a Bureau, in one of the chambers, and took thereout 37 guineas in gold, about 4 in Silver, a Canterbury bank note, value 20 number unknown; six silver tea spoon marked A. C., 3 silver teaspoons not marked, a silver coral mark T. C. and a silver watch with a cypher T. S. in the inner case.

Whoever is instrumental in apprehending, or causes to be apprehended, any of the parties concerned in the above burglary, shall receive 10 reward, on conviction of the offenders.

Canterbury, 25, 1794.


Kentish Chronicles, 4 March, 1794.

Saturday evening 5 silver teaspoons, being part of the plate stolen from Mr. Collins at the "Bell," Wincheap Gate, as mentioned in our last, were found in the garden of Mr. Warley, in High Street, supposed to have been thrown over by some persons to prevent detection.


Kentish Gazette 8 December 1801.

On Thursday last, at the Monthly Meeting of the Justice's of this city, the landlord of the "Bell" public house was fined 5 for having in his possession a military cloak.


Kentish Gazette, 17 April, 1804.


Sunday night died, Mr. Bishop, master of the "Bell" public-house, Wincheap-gate, near this city.




Last pub licensee had BLUNDEN John 1791+

COLLINS Thomas 1794+

BISHOP Mr to Apr/1804 dec'd


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