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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1859-

(Name from)

Vauxhall Tavern

Closed Nov 2005

159 Sturry Road


Vauxhall Tavern 1936

Above photo, circa 1936, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Taken, looking SW towards Canterbury, from where the ASDA roundabout now is. The Vauxhall sign is dead centre, opposite the Cavalry Barracks. Hoardings advertise the "Royal Fountain Hotel" (blitzed in 1942) and the Friars Cinema (now the Marlowe Theatre.)

Vauxhall map 1938

Above map 1938. ASDA now (2020) stands on the Allotment Gardens and the Stone Works site is occupied by B&Q.

Vauxhall Tavern 1949

Above postcard, circa 1949, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Vauxhall Tavern 1949

Above postcard, circa 1949, a coloured version of the one above kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Vauxhall Tavern advert 1888

Above advert 1888.

Vauxhall Tavern 1908

Above photo, 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Caption states that "...Lt. Col. Bernard R Dietz leads the 7th Dragoon Guards to the West Station en route to Egypt. On the left is part of the Cavalry Barracks and on the right is the Vauxhall Tavern and Henry Attwood's general shop..."

Vauxhall Tavern 1946

Above photo, circa 1946, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Vauxhall Tavern 1950

Above photo circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Vauxhall Tavern 1965

Above photograph in 1965.


Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.

Above photo July 2001 taken from

Vauxhall Tavern 2009 Vauxhall Tavern 2009

Above pictures taken from Google maps March 2009

Vauxhall sign 1947Vauxhall sign 1994

Vauxhall sign left 1947, sign right November 1994.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Vauxhall card 1953Vauxhall card 1953

Above card issued March 1953. Sign series 4 number 44.


Situated on the site of the 18th century Vauxhall Gardens, so not connected with the car of the same name, but from the famous pleasure gardens with the same name in London.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

A ticket numbered 432 for the Vauxhall Gardens, price 1/- for Thursday 16th August 1755 was in the possession of the landlord of the "Waterloo Tavern" in 1949. It does not mention a pub there at that time.

This pub was probably rebuilt in 1934, but a map of 1769 shows an inn near or on this site called the "Half Way House."

A report just after WW2 suggested the clientele would consist of Artisans and labouring residents and passing drivers.

The pub closed in November 2005 and at first became one of Dominos Pizza outlets late 2006, however, after that closed it also became a Burger King for a short while.

Burger King sold the site for development in 2012 and the "Vauxhall" was demolished, to be replaced by a Majestic Wines outlet.


From an email received 10 April 2018.

I thought you might like a couple of photos which I found in my photo records. I worked, at the time, for an architects who were involved with Majestic Wine and their development of the site. I surveyed the site when the Tavern stood, I was there when it came down, supervised the archaeological dig when a roman road was found below (nothing found), the protection of the tall tree (horse chestnut I think) and was the project manager of the new Majestic building from foundation to its opening.

I must point out I do not enjoy or take any pleasure from the demolition of old historic buildings and appreciate a website such as yours who keep the memories alive.

Hopefully these photos will bring back a fond memory or two to some people, should you choose to use them.


Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp.

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp. 30 Nov 2009

Former Vauxhall

Above photo by Darren Kemp. 30 Nov 2009.

Vauxhall 2017

Above photo taken and sent by Rory Kehoe, October 2017.


South Eastern Gazette 05 March 1861.


Edward Vincer begs respectfully to inform his friends and the citizens and visitors of Canterbury, that he has opened the above named old-established and pleasantly situated house, where, by supplying articles of the best quality and at reasonable charges, he trusts to merit a share of their favours and kind recommendations.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


The applications for new licenses were then made, as follows:-

Edward Vincer, for the "Vauxhall Tavern." Granted.


From the Whitstable Times, 13 July, 1901.




The Canterbury Coroner (Dr. T. S. Johnson) held an inquest at the "Vauxhall," Sturry road, on Friday evening, on the body of Sidney George Hopper, aged 38, an imbecile, who had been kept in one room by his parents for six years.

Edward Hopper, a retired baker, of 4 Nursery Villas, Sturry Road, deposed that deceased was his son. From birth he had been of weak intellect and a cripple, and had always had to have everything done for him. He always ate ravenously. At times he was apparently comfortable, and gave very little trouble, but at other times he was troublesome, and would tear up his clothes. Of late years he had been quiet generally. He had not been medically attended lately. Twelve or seventeen years ago he was seen by Mr. F. Wacher. About ten days ago deceased had diarrhoea, but got better. As diarrhoea set in again witness's wife, who went to see Mr. Greasley about herself, asked him to call the following day. He did so, and said that deceased was very weak and very low. On the doctor’s advice they gave deceased some brandy, which revived him. Witness removal from Broad Street to Nursery Villas six years ago, and since that time deceased had been confined in one room.

The Coroner— Why did you not send deceased to an asylum?

Witness— Mr. Wacher said that it was not a fit case to be sent to an asylum.

Why did you keep deceased in one room for six years?

He could not stand or ask question? He could only say "Papa" or "Mamma" like a child of 12.

Why did you keep him in this way for six years without having a doctor?

We did the very best for him.

The Coroner said that witness ought to have had medical supervision for deceased. It seemed to him to be an extraordinary thing to shut up the lad, and let him grow to a man without having intercourse with the outer world. The poor fellow was in a most emaciated condition, though witness might say he did his best in feeding him up. He (the Coroner) was of opinion that it was not a case that ought to have been treated at home, because the witness was not competent to undertake a case of imbecility.

The father said that five medical men had seen deceased at different times.

The Coroner— I say you ought to have had him medically attended. You had no right to make your house into an asylum without having it medically supervised, so that it could be reported to the Lunacy Commissioners. You have erred in being excessively kind, and by keeping deceased there in stealth, because hardly anybody knew that deceased was in the house.

Most of the jurymen present living in the locality said they did not know deceased was living in the house with his parents.

The Foreman (G. Greenman) said the emaciated condition of the body would lead one to suppose that deceased was not properly fed.

Witness said that deceased was similar to that when he was born, and he had continued so all these years Sometimes he was better, and sometimes he was worse. When he was born the nurse was not able to put any clothes on him. He was all bone.

The Foreman— Did it not strike you that it was cruel to keep him a prisoner in one room all this time?

Witness— He had a nice room, and got all the air from over the marshes.

The Coroner, at the request of a juryman, asked the father if there was any reason why he would not go to the expense of having medical advise?

Witness— Certainty not, I would have spent any amount of money if I could have done the boy any good, but I knew it was no good.

The Coroner— Why did you not spend money when he was alive? You would than have had the satisfaction of knowing that something was done for him.

Winifred Hopper, wife of last witness, and stepmother to deceased, stated that she had attended to him since be was 17 years of age. He died on Thursday, the 4th instant, at 6.45 p.m. He had diarrhoea, but got better, though his appetite fell off. Mr. Greasley saw deceased on Thursday at 12.30.

The Coroner— What was the object in not having Mr. Greasley before?

I did not think deceased was so near death.

The Coroner— He was incapable of being left alone?

Witness— But we never left him long.

Answering the Coroner witness said deceased made a noise and signs showing that he had an undeveloped mind.

The Coroner— Do you know it was wrong keeping an imbecile boy in the house shut up in this way?

Witness— Yes, but he was always well.

The Foreman— Did you keep him indoors because you ware ashamed of people seeing him?

Witness— No, we kept him very comfortable.

Mr. John Greasley, surgeon, deposed that on Wednesday Mrs. Hopper came to him about herself, and stated that deceased had not been well, and would he call the next day. He did so at 12.30 on Thursday. He found deceased lying on the bed dressed. He had an exceedingly feeble pulse, and was altogether in an emaciated condition. Witness prescribed some brandy and milk, and deceased drank some out of a cup. Witness felt it was possible that he might rally for a time with this treatment. The same night Mr. Hopper called at his house, saying that deceased died at 7.30. He had since made an external examination of the body, which was a good deal emaciated, but be could find no marks of violence. On the right hip quite at the upper part there were two small sores, evidently old bed sores. The right arm was contracted to an acute angle, and the legs were contracted at the knees. He was of opinion that the cause of death was exhaustion and heart failure, very likely accelerated by diarrhoea in an enfeebled constitution. Ten or twelve years ago when attending Mr. Hopper he heard a great noise, and the father explained that it was his imbecile boy. After going to the house two or three times Mrs. Hopper asked him if he would like to see the boy, and he did so. He put the question, was deceased periodically visited by the district medical officer, and he was told no, but that Mr. Wacher had seen him. He was much surprised as he knew that in the case of pauper imbeciles the district medical officer had to see the patient every three months, and report to the Lunacy Commissioners.

In reply to the Coroner Mr. Greasley said he was clear as to the law regarding a pauper patient, but not quite clear us to a private patient.

The Coroner again told the parents they had no right to keep a private lunatic asylum without medical supervision. He was certain that they must have had a good deal to put up with.

The father said that if people saw deceased the more excited he became. He was better kept quiet, and that, was the reason they did not make an exhibition of him.

The Jury having consulted in private for a short time, returned a verdict that deceased died from natural causes, but they wished to severely censure the parents for keeping him confined so long to his room, and for not calling in a medical attendant at an earlier date.


I believe the building was originally built as a farmhouse as the 1871 census refers to the building as "Vauxhall Farm" but as Edward Vincer as a Publican.



VINCER Edward 1859-81+ (age 50 in 1871Census)

JARROD Robert 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

HAYTER V 1888+

BRENCHLEY Benjamin John 1891+ (age 44 in 1891Census)

NEWINGTON William 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

SIMS Jonathan 190103+ (age 59 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BRISLEY John W 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

BRISLEY Mrs H 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

WILLIAMS Richard 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

EDWARDS Alfred Henry 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

SEYMOUR T L Mr 1950s


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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