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Earliest 1768-

Red Lion

Latest 1903+

15 (14) Love Lane


Former Red Lion

Above image from Google, March 2009, is now numbered 19 but is believed to have once been the "Red Lion."


I believe the numbering of this Lane has changed over the years, and today what used to be the "Red Lion" is numbered 19 and not 15 as I have found from my research. The pub has been traced from between 1828 and 1903 to date.

I am assuming that the passage below refers to this same establishment, but as no address is given this could well be a different "Red Lion."

I have traced another "Red Lion" in 1838 addresses as 3 Kingsbridge.

The building is now known (2017) as "The Old Red Lion," but alas unless you know the occupier intimately you'll get no beer here today.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 14 September to Saturday, 17 September, 1768. Price 2d.

On Wednesday the Dutches of St. Albans arrived in this City, she stopped at the “Red Lion” where she remained till the next morning, and then set out for Dover, intending to proceed from thence round the coast to Brighthelmstone.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday 10 May to Saturday 13 May, 1769. Price 2d.


To the highest bidder, at the “Red Lion Inn,” in the High Street of the City of Canterbury, on Saturday the 27th of May Inst. between the hours of Four and Five o'clock in the Afternoon.

All that capital Messuage or House, called the “Vine” or brick-house Farm, with the Barn, Stables, and other houses and Buildings; and also several Parcels of Arable, Meadow and Pasture thereunto belonging, containing together estimation 113 Acres, more or less, and are now lying and being in the several Parishe of Northbourne, otherwise Northbourne and Little Mongeham, in the County of Kent, and now in the use or occupation of Robert Wyborne, Tenant, for further particulars, inquire of Mr. Rook, loilsterer, in St. George's Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette 27 October 1795.


Messrs John May and Hercules Giles inform the public, they have taken the "Red Lion Inn," High Street, Canterbury, and have laid in a large quantity of wines and spirits of the best quality, and also procured neat and handsome post chaises with strong and able horses calculated for travelling with expedition.

Messrs May and Giles are determined to accommodate all those who favour them with their company in the genteelest manner. The eligibility of the Inn, from its central situation has for years induced travellers to give it the preference, and as they will have good beds, good stabling, and reasonable charges, they have no doubt of meeting that support from the public which every one wishes who strives to please.


Kentish Chronicles, 25 December, 1795.


Sunday evening died, Mrs. Tate, aged 59, many years mistress of the "Red Lion" public house, in Love Lane.


Kentish Gazette 6 April 1802.

William Miles, of the "Fountain Inn," and J. Henwood, of the "Red Lion Inn," Canterbury, beg to inform their friends, and a public in general, that they have this day reduced their post into 15 pence per mile.

April 6th, 1802.


Kentish Gazette 15 June 1802.

Tuesday a lease for 21 years of the "Red Lion Inn," in this city, was let by auction for the sum of 194 per annum, land tax included. The present annual rent is 68.


Kentish Gazette, 29 April 1803.

Sunday night died, after an illness attended by a fever, at "Blossom’s Inn," Lawrence-lane, (London) Mr. Henwood, late landlord of the "Red Lyon Inn," in this city.


Dover Chronicles, 14 April, 1842.


William Prickett, a French polisher, was charged with stealing from the premises of Mr. John Robinson, upholstery, Broad Street, a tin can, containing 3 quarts of naptha polish. The Polish was worth 16s., and the can was valued at 1s. 6d. The property in question was not missed by Mr. Robinson till Sunday morning; but Mrs. Rachel Baker, of the "Red Lion," said that prisoner brought it to her house, as he was lodging there, on Friday afternoon, and told her to take care of it for him. Prisoner said that as he was standing near the sheep-pens in the Market-place, a person came up to him and asked him if he knew a French polisher, for he had got some varnish to sell. He answered that he was one, and accordingly brought the commodity.

Prisoner representing himself has been "on the tramp" in search of employment.

Committed for trial.


From the Kentish Gazette, 29 August 1848.


A fatal accident occurred on Tuesday last at the Canterbury station, by which a plate-layer in the company’s service, named John Wallace, lost his life, in consequence of his having incautiously stepped upon the line when the express train was leaving. Although the whistle was sounded and the break applied as soon as his movements were noticed, these attempts were unavailing, from his being so near to the engine, which passed over him, inflicting fatal injuries. He was taken immediately to the Canterbury Hospital, but death soon terminated his sufferings.

An inquest was held the same morning, before Mr. Delasaux, coroner, at the "Red Lion" public-house, in Ivy-lane, when the following evidence was given:—

George Bayley, labourer on the South-Eastern Railway, stated that at eight o’clock that morning he was at the Railway Station in Canterbury, and saw the deceased standing on the metal of the up-line from Ramsgate to London, the goods’ down train from London approaching the station in one direction, while the express train was going in the other. The guard of the goods’ train called out to the deceased, and waived his hand towards him, and the driver of the express train applied his whistle, and reversed the engine, but to no purpose, as the train of carriages passed over deceased's legs, severing them from his body. Every thing was done by the driver and guard of the express train to warn the deceased of their approach, and prevent the accident, and no blame could be attached to them for what had occurred. The deceased was immediately removed to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in a light spring cart.

George Price, gatekeeper on the railway in St. Dunstan’s, corroborated the foregoing. Witness was satisfied every thing was done by the men having care of the express engine to prevent the accident.

William Rowland, porter on the same railway, stated that he hastened to the assistance of deceased immediately after the accident, when he was lying on the rail, and witness held his head up, when deceased said to him, "Bill, I must die." He also asked witness to lift his legs up, which he could not do, as they were severed from his body. Witness assisted in removing him to the Hospital, where he remained with him till he died.

Verdict:— "Accidental death."

Deceased was 27 or 28 years of age, had been married only five weeks, and was in the act of going to his breakfast, when he stopped to speak to the guard on the goods’ down train, and the accident occurred. The deceased’s widow is only 18 years of age. On Sunday the remains were interred in St. Peter’s Churchyard, Canterbury. The deceased was followed by all the Company’s servants who could be spared from the Stations on the Branch Line, and amounted to eighty-four in number. A considerable number of persons were attracted to the scene by the unusual assemblage of mourners.


Kentish Gazette, 11 April 1854.


Stephen Banks was charged with stealing two trusses of sanfoin, the property of Thomas Cooper, at Ickham, on the 14th January, 1854; and William Brett was charged with receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen. Mr. Addition prosecuted, and stated the case to the jury. Mr. Denman defended.

Mr. Cooper, the prosecutor, stated that his father sold a stack of sanfoin to Mr. Sneller, and the prisoner Banks was employed to cut it out. He told witness that he had cut out 33 cwt. Subsequently, upon looking at the stack, he found 10 cwts. remaining.

John Sneller deposed to having made arrangements with Mr. Cooper for some sanfoin, which was to be cut out by the prisoner Banks. On the 14th of February the prisoner came to him, when he asked him how much there was left in the stack? He replied that 28 cwt. had been conveyed to Mr. Small, and 5 cwt. was left in the rough.

John Knight, in the employ of Mr. Small, was sent to Brambling Court for some sanfoin. Saw the prisoner there cutting it out. Drove the wagon to Canterbury; Banks rode on the top. He told witness to drive through Ivy Lane, as he had a cwt. of fodder to leave. He stopped near the back way to the "Red Lion." Banks then got off the load, and witness drove on to Mr. Small's.

Cross-examined.— It was a public place where he stopped, and there were a good many people about.

---- Surry, in the employ of Mr. Small, deputed to the last witness bringing 28 cwt. of sanfoin there.

Thomas Johnson, gardener, was in Ivy Lane on the 14th of February, about half-past five. Saw a waggon loaded with fodder pass down the lane and stop at the "Red Lion," where the man on the top put off two trusses to a man of the name of Horn. Brett then came up, and with Banks took a truss each, and went into the yard where the former had a stable.

Inspector Spratt went to Brett's and traced some fodder. He also took possession of a truss of fodder. When he told him what he was charged with, Brett said he had bought it of Banks. He then went to Banks and told him of the charge against him, when the prisoner admitted that be had forgotten to account for two trusses; he had sold fodder before for Mr. Small.

Cross-examined:— This was on Monday the 16th, in the evening.

Edward Small, hay dealer, did not give Banks any authority to sell the hay in question; had done so on previous occasions.

Samples of the sanfoin found at the prisoner's Brett's house were compared, and found to correspond.

The statements made by the prisoners whom before the magistrates were put in and read.

Mr. Denman then addressed the jury for the prisoners, and concluded by calling the following witnesses to character:-

John Ottoway, of the "Royal Oak," Longport, knew the prisoner Brett very well; had known him 6 or 7 years. He lived a very little way from him. Had borne a most upright character for honesty.

Charles Goodwin, had known Brett a long while; he had worked for him for 9 years, and bore a very good character.

Pearson Dray bad known Brett for 20 years; had never heard anything but what he was first rate.

Verdict:— Not guilty.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 June, 1860.


(Before the Mayor, T. Philpott & W. H. Trimnell, Esqs.)

Robert Hawse, landlord of the “Red Lion" public-house, Love-lane was charged by Mary Jane Hawse with ill-using her. The complainant deposed that she had been married to the defendant six years and had three children. On Sunday morning, being unwell, she was unable to get out of bed and sent for her niece to attend to her children. About 12 o'clock her husband come into the room, pushed her out of bed, and stood over her with an axe in his hand threatened that he would either have "death or glory before night." He had been in the habit of ill-using or threatening her. He had frequently knocked her down.

Witnesses having been called to prove acts of ill-treatment the bench ordered him to be bound over to keep the peace for six months, himself in 20 and one surety of 10.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 19 January, 1867. Price 1d.


At the City Police Court, on Monday, a man named George Rye was charged with committing a breach of the peace end assaulting P.C. Sampson. The accused on Saturday night was heard by Sampson kicking violently at the door of the “Red Lion,” and on being remonstrated with kicked the Constable.

Ordered to pay 2s. 6d. costs.


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


Mr. Delasaux supported an application on the part of Messrs. Shepherd, Neame, and Co., for a renewal of the "Red Lion" in St. Peter's. The house had been complained of by the residents in that locality in consequence of its being conducted in a disorderly manner. Mr. Delasaux explained that the lessees of the property never expected the landlord Stone to be their tenant. They let the house to another party who had sub-let it to the present occupier. Messrs. Shepherd, Neame, and Co., would consent to get rid of Stone in a fortnight if the license was renewed.

Supt. Davies stated that he had receded many complaints of the disorderly conduct pursued at the inn. The magistrates granted the renewal on the terms proposed by Mr. Delasaux.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 14 February 1885.

Chilham. Killed by Burning.

An inquest was held at the "Red Lion Inn," Ivy Lane, Canterbury, on Monday evening, by the Canterbury coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson), on the body of Minnie Elizabeth Foster, who died in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital from the effects of burns received under the following circumstances.

Frank Foster, father of the deceased, labourer, residing at Chilham, deposed that the child was 4 years and 8 months old. On the previous Saturday, about 4 o'clock, he was engaged in burning some rubbish and hedge trimmings, assisted by another man named Reynolds. After having finished in one place they went to another. About half an hour after they had left the first place they heard screams and cries of fire. They ran to the spot and found deceased in flames. He cut off what clothes remained on the child with his knife. They were nearly all burnt off except the little round the waist. He carried her indoors immediately and as quickly as possible brought her to the Canterbury Hospital. The fire where deceased was burnt was about 6 rods from his house. The children were not near the fire when he and Reynolds left, and he gave them strict orders to keep away from it. There was nothing but ashes when he left the fire. Mr. Prentice, House Surgeon at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, stated that he admitted to child on Saturday evening at 5:30. She was suffering from severe burns extending over the greater portion of her body. She lingered until Sunday evening when she died at about 7 o'clock.

The immediate cause of death was shock to the system following the injuries received.

A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.


From an email received 2 June, 2013.

Good Afternoon,

I have been looking for information regards the Pub “Red Lion” as my James Carey did indeed occupy it in 1820's.

Am having trouble tracking down our James as he disappears before 1841. But Stephen Hunt was the publican of the "Red Lion" around the 1840's, 1850's.

This Stephen Hunt was the son of Elizabeth Carey, the sister of James Carey that had the "Red Lion." I am believing this to be the same Pub. Have been looking for some info regards the pub for sometime as I live in Queensland Australia.

I hope the Stephen Hunt bit is of some help.

Kind Regards

Lyn Carey

(I do have reference to a Stephen Hunt at the "Red Lion" in Blean. So perhaps the James Carey is of this pub as well. Paul Skelton.)



Last pub licensee had ADAMS George after 1753

MAY John & GILES Hercules 1795+

HENWOOD J 1802-Apr/03 dec'd

CAREY James 1824-32+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

Last pub licensee had JENNINGS John 1828+ Next pub licensee had

SHOVLER Francis 1838+ Stapletons Guide

WOOLLER Francis 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

HUNT Stephen 1840s+

BAKER Rachel 1842+

FILMER Thomas 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

HORNE/HORN Thomas 1854-58+ Historic Canterbury web siteMelville's 1858

HAWKES/HAWSE Robert 1860-62+ Post Office Directory 1862

STONE to Sept/1867 Whitstable Times

SCOTT H 1868+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868

CATT Charles 1871+ (age 43 in 1871Census)

O'REILLY Bernard Henry 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

MEDGETT John 1878-82+ CensusPost Office Directory 1882

EARL William 1889+ Historic Canterbury web site

ARCHER Sarah A 1891+ (widow age 43 in 1891Census)

FUGGLE Horace 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

HOARE George 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903


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

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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