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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1728

Gate Inn (Gutteridge Gate)

Latest 1965+

(Name to)

32 Old Dover Road


Gate Inn 1896

Above postcard, circa 1896, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate Inn 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1910

Above photo circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1910

Above photo circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1924

Above photo, circa 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1937

Above photo circa 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1954

Above photo, circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

 Eva May Butcher nee Stevens 1963

Eva May Butcher nee Stevens outside the Gate Inn, approximately 1963/4. Kindly sent by Tanya McShee.

Gate Inn 1965

Above photo, circa 1965, kindly sent by Bill Garnet.

Gate Inn 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Gertrude Brickenden 1968

Above watercolour showing Gertrude Brickenden, Charles 9th child from book "Portrait of Canterbury" by Richard Church, drawing by John Sergeant 1968.


Dating back to 1728, the inn was built near the Toll Gate and was originally known as the "Sign of the Gate."  The gate in question being known as Gutteridge Gate and the title of "Gutteridge Gate" has also been used to identify this premises in Kelly's Directory of 1903. The 1891 census gave this address as Patrixbourne. The first landlord was Richard Howard, who also collected the tolls and was a trained tallow chandler (maker of candles). In 1781 the "Gate Inn" became a coaching house where travellers could rest for a night.

Gate map 1874

Above map, 1874.


Supplied by Rigden's in the early 19th century, their rent book refers to the Turnpike House with the inn-keeper paying 8 rent and Property tax of 1 15s. 7d. a year.

1848 inn-keeper Richard Wood was also a pig breeder.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 October 1775.

To be SOLD to the highest Bidder.

On Tuesday, the 17th Day of this instant October, exactly at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, at the Sign of the "Gate" near Harbledown, in the County of Kent, in Two Lots.

All that freehold Messuage or Tenement (formerly known by the Sign of the "White Horse") with the Close, Yard, Garden, Orchard, and Appurtenances thereunto belonging; situate, lying, and being in the Parish of Harbledown, in the County of Kent, near the Turnpike, and now in the Occupation of Mr. Thomas Davison.

For further Particulars please to apply to Mr. Cumming, at Canterbury.

October 4, 1775.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 25 August 1855.


James Stephens was charged with stealing a pair of trousers and gloves, the property of John Brickenden. The prisoner pleaded guilty, but said he would "throw himself on the mercy of the Court."

John Brickenden deposed—that he resided at Canterbury, and had seen the prisoner at his father's public house, the "Gate," in Patrixbourne. The prisoner slept at that house one night in a bedroom next to his own, and on Sunday morning he found that his best pair of trousers, value 1., and a pair of gloves were missing, besides seven or eight shillings in money, upon which he gave information to the police, as he suspected the prisoner.

William Wilks stated that he was a porter living in Best-lane, Canterbury. He had never seen the prisoner till Saturday, when he came up to him and inquired if there was a pawnbroker's near, when he (the witness) told him that he would go down with him to Eastes, which he did; and at prisoner's desire pawned for him the pair of trousers produced, in his (witness's) name for the sum of 6s. He offered prisoner the ticket, but he would not take it, upon which he (witness) went back and took the trousers out of pawn on his own account, and carried them home, when a day or two afterwards he received a notice from the complainant that the trousers were his, and Dodd, the constable, claimed them on the part of the Superintendent, saving that they had been stolen. That was all he knew of the matter. (The Mayor warned this witness that he had placed himself in a very dangerous position, by pawning in his own name a pair of stolen trousers, and afterwards taking them to his home, and cautioned him to be more careful in future.)

Constable Dodd proved taking the prisoner into custody, upon his being brought to him by the last witness, when the prisoner made no remark. Committed for trial to the next Quarter Sessions for Canterbury.

Another count was preferred against the prisoner, of a similar nature as the above, When the following witness was called:-

George Hammond, who deposed that he kept the "Maiden Head" public-house, in Canterbury, and that the prisoner lodged with him one Wednesday night, after which he missed a waistcoat, a neckerchief, and two pairs of trousers, when, hearing that a man had been arrested on a similar charge, he sent his wife to see if it was the same person. She identified the prisoner, who was wearing the waistcoat and neck-tie that he had stolen.


A third count was also alleged against the prisoner, for stealing a gown from a servant belonging to the "Griffin" public house. This, however, was not proceeded with; and the prisoner stood committed for the two first counts.

[On the prisoner was found a black frock coat, nearly new, which is much too large for him; and which, no doubt, has been stolen from some public-house he has lodged at. Rea be seen at the Police-station.]


From the Kentish Chronicle, 17 March, 1860.


John Culshaw, John Neale, and William Robjent, three privates, belonging to the 7th Dragoon Guards, were brought up in custody, charged with stealing a goose, the property of Mr. George Cooper, Milestone Farm, Patrixbourne, on the night of the 7th instant. The prisoners were at the "Gate" public house, on the Dover Road, where they had some drink and tobacco, for which they refused to pay. After an altercation they left the house, and went in the direction of Mr. Cooper's farm. During the evening Mrs. Cooper saw three soldiers in the yard; they tried the stable door, and afterwards went to try the house door and rung the bell. Mrs. Cooper asked them what they wanted, and they said they wanted lodgings. She told them they might go on to the Bridge Union, but they said the Union was no place for soldiers. They then went towards the place where the geese and fowls were kept, and Mrs. Cooper afterwards heard the geese and fowls making a noise. On the following morning it was discovered that a goose was missing. The same night three soldiers were seen in a straw lodge, about a mile and three quarters from Mr. Cooper's farm, and in that lodge a goose was found, which was identified as the one which was missing from Mrs. Cooper's. Evidence was given to prove that the tree prisoner were absent from the barracks without leave on the night of the robbery, after which the case was remanded till the Petty Sessions on Saturday.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 24 March, 1860.


Three soldiers belonging to the 7th Dragoon Guards, named Robert Culshant, John Neale, and William Robjent, were brought up on remand charged with stealing a goose, the property of George Cooper, farmer, Milestone Farm, Patrixbourne, on the night of the 7th instant. The circumstances attending he robbery were detailed in our report of the preliminary examination of the prisoners on the Kentish Chronicle of last Saturday. The depositions taken at the first examination were read over to the different witnesses and sworn to, but no additional witnesses were called.

The prisoners were committed for trial at the sessions.


Kentish Gazette, 27 June 1865.


On Saturday morning a fatal accident occurred, in Church Wood Lane, in this parish, to a man named Robert Fagg, a labourer, who accidentally shot himself. When found he was bleeding from a frightful wound in the head. A cart was obtained to take him to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, but he died before reaching that institution. On the same day Mr. Coroner Delasaux and a respectable jury, of which Mr. H. S. Wraight was foreman, held an inquest on the body. George Austin, labourer, of Faversham, deposed that between 4 and 5 o’clock on Saturday morning, he was at work assisting in sinking a well near the "Gate" public house, when he heard the report of a gun. In consequence of information received he shortly afterwards went to Church Wood Lane, where he saw the deceased lying on the ground on his back. Near him was a gun which had been recently discharged. He was bleeding from the right eye and mouth, but was not dead. A horse and cart were obtained from Mr. Curling's, in which he was placed, and driven towards Canterbury. On the previous evening the deceased had some tea with Austin and two other persons, and promised to shoot a rabbit for them either then or in the morning.

Mr. Hutchings, house surgeon at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, deposed that the deceased was taken to that institution on Saturday morning, being then dead. On examination he found a gunshot wound on the right eye and temple. The skull was fractured, and some of the shot had penetrated the brain. From the nature of the wound and the direction of the shot he felt certain the wound was the result of an accident.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 13 September 1879.


At the City Police Court on Tuesday, before the Mayor and G. J. Drury, Esq., Charles Austen, a gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery, having two good conduct badges on his arm, was charged with a violent and brutal assault on Instructing-Constable Goldsack, of the K.C.C., in the parish of Thanington, within the city, on the previous afternoon.

The constable, whose face was scratched and bruised, deposed as follows:—

Yesterday I met the prisoner coming into Bridge. I was then in plain clothes, and I asked the prisoner if he was on pass. He said he was. He was in company with a young man belonging to Kingstone, with whom he said he was going to that place. I advised him not to go there, but he said he wished to do so, and I let him pass on. Subsequently I received information that he was absent from barracks, and I then went in pursuit of him, having put on my uniform. I found him at Kingstone and apprehended him as a deserter. He asked me not to handcuff him, and I said I would not if he would go along quietly, and he said he would. On arriving at Bridge I took him into a public house and gave him some beer and food, and then we proceeded towards Canterbury. At the "Gate" public house he gave me the slip, and I saw him running away. I was unable to catch him, and the next I heard of him was that he was in a public house in Wincheap. I went there and re-arrested him. I told him that as he had escaped from me I must now secure him, and I was about to handcuff him when he commenced a most brutal assault upon me. He struck and kicked me, tried to strangle me, and used every effort to get me down. I struggled with him in the taproom for some time; he pulled off his jacket and continued striking at me.

I begged of him to be quiet and so did several people who were in the room. He got me out into the road, put one hand on my throat and with the other got hold of my staff. I called for assistance and a young man came and got the prisoner off me. He was like a madman and as powerful as a horse; but I managed to keep him off with the aid of my staff. He made a rush at me and then went down by the side of the house, where he kept threatening he would “corpse” me, he had “corpsed" many a better man than me. He then picked up large brickbats and flint stones and threw at me, but they struck the wall and went to pieces like snowballs. They came from him as though they were shot from a cannon. I called for assistance and eventually some men who were working along the line came to me. Four of them assisted me and at last I got the handcuffs on him. A city constable had then arrived, and we walked along the line with the prisoner, who then picked up with his two hands a quantity of stones and threw in my face. Sergeant Hayward next came along and he and the constable (Prior) escorted the prisoner up to the barracks, while I walked behind. I have bruises all over my body, the result of the prisoner’s kicks and blows.

Prisoner, in reply to the clerk, said he was very sorry, but it was drink that made him violent. Superintendent Walker (Home Division) said the prisoner appeared to be sober when he saw him.

The Mayor said the assault was one of a most atrocious and brutal nature, and the prisoner might consider himself fortunate that he did not stand in the dock on a more serious charge. The Bench would deal with him in the severest manner the law allowed them, and sentence him to six months’ hard labour.


Dover Express 21 August 1931.


The death occurred on Friday at his residence, Prospect Cottage, Patrixbourne, of Mr. Charles Brickenden, aged 84 years. Mr. Brickenden, until he retired a few years ago, held the licence of the "Gate Inn," Canterbury, for 42 years - the licence had been held by the family for over 80 years. The funeral took place at St. Peter's Church, Bridge, on Tuesday, the Vicar, the Rev. Hubert Knight officiating.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 15 January, 1932. Price 1d.


A rather peculiar case came before the Canterbury County Court last Saturday. The Brewers, Messrs. George beer and Rigden, Ltd., applied for an order fixing the rent of the "Gate," in New Dover Road. The house did a fairly small trade when Mr. F. Pritchard took it in 1927. The Brewers spent 2,000 on improving it. the trade increased, but Mr. Pritchard claimed that it was a controlled house, and declined to allow the rent to be increased. This view was supported by the Magistrates. The County Court was now asked to fix the rent at 75 instead of 12 12s., as Mr. Pritchard was making a profit of 8 a week against 3 before the improvements were made. His Honour fixed the rent at 52 a year.



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 "Residents and road users."

The name was apparently changed to the "Old Gate Inn" some time after 1965.

I also have this same pub listed as being in Patrixbourne as "The Sign of the Gate."



HOWARD Richard 1728+ (Toll collector and tallow chandler)

WOOD Richard 1848+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

BRICKENDEN John 1851-67+ (age 40 in 1851Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

BRICKENDEN Catherine 1871+ (widow age 58 in 1871Census)

STEVENS James 1874-82+ Next pub licensee had (also bricklayer age 47 in 1881CensusPost Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

Last pub licensee had BRICKENDEN Charles (son of John) 1889-1922+ (also Pork Butcher age 46 in 1891) Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

PRITCHARD William Frederick 1927-30+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1930

EDWARDS ???? 1939+ (age 56 in 1939)


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

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

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988


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