Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 17 December, 2022.


Earliest 1550s

Fox and Seven Stars

Latest 1797+

Orange Street

St. Alphage's



Once called Prince of Orange Lane this is now Orange Street.

The pub is found in records as early as 1660 and operating under this name till at least 1759 when an advert that year saw the premises with good stabling to be let. I at first assumed after that year the premises lost its Fox in the title and was referred to as the "Seven Stars," but further research suggests that there were two pubs with similar names in St. Alphage's.

Under the statute of Edward VI (1547-53) only 4 inns inside the City were allowed to sell wine from the premises, this was one of those houses allotted to do so.

Mentioned in the 1692 licensing list, the following year this was billeting for 8 soldiers.


From a passage from web site Historic Canterbury web site

1660 and 1685 the following inns received a licence. The Crown in St. Mary Bredman, the Sun in St. Alphege, the Chequers in St. Andrews, the Red Lion (formerly the Lion at Hoop) in the High Street, where the licensee is described as a Surgeon; the Three Kings in All Saints, the White Heart in St. Margarets, the Seven Stars in St. Alphege, the Saracen's Head in All Saints and the Rose in St. Andrews"


From the Kentish Post 1736.

THE Fox and Seven Stars Inn near the "Red Pump" in Canterbury, now in the Occupation of Israel Fox, being a very commodious and well accustomed House ...


From the Kentish Weekly Post, 17 May 1741.

Wednesday May 20.

To the worthy FREEMEN of the City of Canterbury who are Interest if Sir THOMAS HALES.


You are desired to meet the Friends of Sir Thomas, tomorrow Morning, being the Day of Election, at either of the following Houses, viz.

The "King's Head," in High Street,

The "Fountain," St. Margarets,

The "Dolphin," Burgate,

The "Rose," St. Georges,

The "Black Boy," Burgate,

The "Flying Horse," Dover Lane,

The "Three Compasses," St. Peter's,

The "Golden Lyon," St. Peter's,

The "Mitre," High Street,

The "Rising Sun," St. Dunstan's,

The "Black Swan," North Gate,

The "White Swan," North Gate,

The "Tolerated Soldier," North Gate,

The "Fox and Seven Stars," St. Alphage,

The "Saracen's Head," St. Pauls,

The "Maiden Head," Wincheap,

The "Two Brewers," St. Mildred's,

The "Seven Stars," St. Alphage,

The "Three Tuns," St. Margaret's.


From the Kentish Post 1750.

THOMAS WELCH, from Minster i

n the of Thanet, hath taken the "Fox and Seven Stars," Canterbury, late in the Occupation of Thomas Lockyer: And alt Gentlemen, Farmers and Others, may depend on good Stabling...


From the Kentish Post 1752.

ROBERT MAYHEW, Taken the "Fox and Seven Stars" near the "Red-Pump" in Canterbury, all Persons, who will be pleas'd to favour him with their Custom, may depend upon being handsomely accommodated. Thrri is liitwiii very good StWig. NE. He lately recov'd from …..


From the Kentish Post 1763.

GEORGE KENDALL, the "Fox and Goose" in Shanford Street, having taken the "SEVEN STARS," in Prince of Orange Lane, near the Red-Pump, in the City of Canterbury, late in the Occupation of William Pout, and having fitted it up in the complaisant Manner, and laid in a fresh assortment of the best of Liquors, humbly hopes etc.

But The Kendalls seem to have been landlords until 1797 when George Burgess took over having married Ann Kendall.


From the Kentish Post 1797.

Friday last died Mrs. Kendall, of the "Seven Stars" Public-house, Orange Street, in this City.


From the Kentish Post 1797.

SEVEN STARS, Canterbury. GEORGE BURGESS respectfully informs his friends and the customers of his late Mather in Law, Mrs. Kendall, that has taken the above house, and intends continuing it as usual, with the addition of an Ordinary, - every Saturday, at one….


From an email received 22 July, 2016.


I have a Will dated 17 Jul 1753, Proved 2 Dec 1758 in which one of my ancestors, John Berry, leaves property to his wife Sarah, including:- "Item I give devise and bequeath all that my Leasehold Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtanences situate in the said Parish of Saint Alphage in the City of Canterbury aforesaid called by the name of the "Seven Stars" now in the occupation of Mr Tilby and which I hold by Lease from the Archbishop of Canterbury unto my said dear Wife Sarah Berry for and during so long of the term which shall be to come therein at my decease as she my said Wife shall live and from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife Sarah Berry I give devise and bequeath the said Leasehold Messuage or Tenement and Piece of Ground with the Appurtanences unto my said Son John Berry the Younger his Heirs Executors and Administrators."

As John Berry's Will was proved in 1758, it is highly feasible that this is the property in Canterbury referred to in the Will and in the occupation of Mr Tilby in 1753. As it was to be let in 1759, which coincides with the probate of the Will in 1748, it is possible that although it may have been the 'Fox and Seven Stars', it was referred to as the 'Seven Stars' as early as 1753.

Colleen Jones.



The premises had a body in the cellar of a priest who was said to have drowned in a vat of ale in 1623.



GILL Katherine 1660ish Edward Wilmot Canterbury

WELCH Thomas 1750+

MAYHEW Robert 1752+

TILBY Mr 1753-59+

KENDALL George 1763+

KENDALL Mrs to 1797 dec'd

BURGESS George 1797+


Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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