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Earliest 1907

(Name from)

Rising Sun

Latest 1975

265 Sturry Road


Rising Sun 1913

Above photo, circa 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing what is probably the Buffs going back to their barracks in Northgate.

Rising Sun 1951

Above photo, circa 1951, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. A pre-demolition photo, showing Temperance Place, 267 to 273, Sturry Road, with 265, the Rising Sun, on the far left. The four properties to be demolished, as part of the Council's slum clearance plan, were c.1800 timber-framed, weather-boarded houses, of a style which was relatively unusual for Canterbury. Perhaps rather appropriately, given the nature of the 1889 article, when the Rising Sun closed in 1975, it went on to become (and remains to this day) a refuge and hostel for women fleeing domestic violence and abuse.

Rising Sun 1965

Above photograph taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Rising Sun

Above photo, date unknown kindly supplied by Bill Garnet.

Rising Sun sign 1975

Rising Sun sign July 1975.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Canterbury map 1896

Above map, 1896, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Originally the "Bricklayers Arms" the premises was purchased by Rigdens brewery with other property for 3,500 in 1887.

The building was rebuilt in 1888 at a cost of 1,086 but burnt down in 1907 and was rebuilt again for 867. After the second rebuilding, the name was the "Rising Sun."

In March 1915 the Licensee was cautioned by the Chief Constable for serving soldiers with excessive quantities of drink.

In October 1975 the brewery Secretary took over the licence but the premises remained closed and was not asked for renewed in February 1980.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 26 October, 1889.


William, Taylor was charged with assaulting his wife, Jane Elizibeth Florence Taylor.

Prisoner pleaded guilty.

Prosecutrix stated that her husband seized her by the throat, and bit her. He had shamefully and cruelly ill-treated her for the last ten years, during which time she had wholly and solely kept him by carrying on a public-house (the "Rising Sun," Sturry Road). Defendant was vary much addicted to drink, and she had had to shut herself up to get out of his way. She was suffering from a bad leg, and the treatment she received was killing her by inches. Her husband was a tailor by trade.

Prisoner said he was very sorry for what he had done.

The Chairman said prisoner had pleaded guilty to a most cowardly and aggravated assault, and he would be sentenced to three months' hard labour, and at the expiration of that term to be bound over to keep the peace for six months.



HAMMOND Mrs Elizabeth 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

TAYLOR Jane Elizabeth Florence 1889+

PIERCE Walter A 1891+ (age 27 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

TRITTON Thomas 1901-03+ (age 36 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

LEGGE Henry Thomas 1911-13+ (age 58 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

CORDERY William 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

VANE Robert 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

MEREDEW Sidney 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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



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