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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1770-

Riding Gate Inn

Latest 1968

4 (7) Old Dover Road


Riding Gate Inn 1906

Above photo 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Riding Gate Inn 1910

Above photo 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Riding Gate Inn 1910

Above photo 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Picture taken from Rhodaus Town, towards Upper Bridge Street, which shows just how narrow the roads were then, at the intersection with the Old Dover Road.

Riding Gate Inn 1912

Above photo, 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Riding Gate 1927

Above postcard, 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing a Mayoral procession, possibly as part of the traditional Beating of the Bounds during Rogation Week.

Riding Gate Inn 1930

Above photo 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo taken from who says the house on the right was called the Limes and was destroyed by bombing in 1942.

Riding Gate 1943

Above photo, 1943, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Riding Gate Inn 1944

Above photo 1944, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe, who says "the pub was damaged several times in the period 1941/43 and part of its roof was taken down. In addition, the Riding Gate lost its neighbours (cottages between the pub and city wall) and the Limes (large house) but after being repaired, was able to continue to trade. The licensee was still Alfred Banham in 1949 (Kelly's) but I'm not sure if he was there to pull the last pint in the early 1950s. Incidentally, I've seen the Riding Gate listed as 7 rather than 4. It may be that both are correct, since there would have been post-WW2 street re-numbering.

Riging Gate Inn May 1965

Above photo showing the "Riding Gate Inn," circa 1951.

Riding Gate Inn 1955

January 1955. Workmen demolish the "Riding gate Inn", which was damaged in the war and used after as a lock-up.

Riding Gate Inn demolition 1955

Another one taken at the same time showing the demolition in progress. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Riding Gate wall collapse 1962

August 1962. Rebuilt after bomb damage in the war, this 20-yard section of the city wall near Riding Gate collapse.

Position of Riding Gate Inn

Above photo shows the same shot from Google March 2009.

Riding Gate Inn location 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


The pub was damaged in the 1942 Baedeker raid and the neighbouring house completely destroyed and unfortunately the pub was demolished in 1955 to make way for the Ridging Gate Roundabout.


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


New licenses were granted to the following houses:— "Riding Gate Inn," Dover-road.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 10 February 1900. Price 1d.


Francis Lewis Sandy, landlord of the “Riding Gate Inn,” was summoned for being drunk on his licensed premises on January 21st.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

Superintendent Farmery said that Sergt. Strain and P.C. West visited the house at 6.30 on the day in question and found the defendant there drunk. The brewers were going to make a change as soon as possible.

The Bench imposed a fine of 10s. and 10s. 6d costs.


From the Whitstable Times, 18 January, 1902.


The City Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson) held an inquest at the “Riding Gate Inn,” Canterbury, on Monday, touching the death of Benjamin Dossett, aged 25, a compositor.

William Thomas Hopton, landlord of the “Riding Gate Inn,” Old Dover Road, stated that he had known the deceased for about three years as he had lodged with witness at Canterbury and before he came to Canterbury at Folkestone. The deceased had been consumptive and had been in many hospitals to he treated. He seemed a little worse on Saturday evening when he went to bed. On Sunday morning, when witness went up to the deceased’s room at 10 o’clock, he found him dead. The deceased had been in the habit of taking Congreve’s Cough Cure.

Mr. Walter G. Austin stated that deceased had worked for him as a printer. He had not been in good health.

Dr. Sworn stated that he was called to see the deceased on the previous day at the request of the Coroner. He had apparently been dead some few hours. He examined him and found the probable cause of death to be heart failure from loss of blood, which was most likely haemorrhage from the lungs due to consumption.

The Jury returned a verdict accordingly.


From an email received 14 June 2014.

My grandfather Mr. Alfred Banham had this pub in 1938.

I am now eighty year old.

I remember him telling me he had a Parrot in the pub, and it was raided by the police because they thought there was after hours drinking going on. But it turned out to be the parrot who could make the sound of tickling glasses. Thought this was quite amusing as a child....

I would also like to add, My grandfather Banham unfortunately lost a leg in the bombing of Canterbury, not sure if he was still living in the pub at the time.

Mrs. P Amelia Devoy. Nee Banham.




WHITE William 1868-74+ (age 37 in 1871Census) Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Post Office Directory 1874

WHIDDETT George 1881-82+ (age 58 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

SNELL Samuel 1889+ Historic Canterbury web site

BECKETT Thomas 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

SANDY Francis Lewis 1900+ Whitstable Times

HOPTON William Thomas 1902-03+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Historic Canterbury web site

PALMER Henry 1913-17+ Post Office Directory 1913Historic Canterbury web site

OWENS Rodney J 1922-30+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

BANHAM Alfred 1938-49+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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