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Victoria, 71 Northgate Street, Canterbury

Canterbury pub index

At 9 Westgate Street without in 1867

at 9 Westgate without in 1862; Bedwell & Co’s Canterbury & District Directory 1888 describes the siting of the Victoria Hotel in Northgate Street as “71 Burren, Thos., Victoria Hotel, Here is St Radigund’s Street”, and this allows us to identify the current building on the corner of the two streets, though almost certainly the current shop to the right of the frontage was once part of the Victoria itself to judge by the roof-lines and the siting of the front entrance and bar windows ***

Directory of Pubs in the UK,  historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Canterbury, Kent . The Canterbury,  Kent listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1862/T Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1867/Mrs E Ward/../../../Post Office Directory ****

Thomas Burren (1835 - 1916), is the nephew of James Burren senior, at the Five Bells, Rochester and then the Blakeneys Head, St Bartholomew. Thomas Burren was initially at the Providence Inn, 162  Northgate Street, Canterbury ***

Thomas ran a thriving fly proprietor and job/post master business from the Victoria, with collections from several other inns in Canterbury and throughout Kent, so he appears in numerous Kent Directories (too many to list here) and censuses based at the Victoria from 1878 to 1891, and he then moved to his fly proprietor mews property at 87 Broad Street (a few doors away from the Victoria) and continued to be listed as a job master at this address in directories as late as 1913 ***

1871/Thomas Burren/Licensed Victualler/35/Hounslow/Census ***
1871/Hannah Burren/Wife/35/Minster/Census
1871/Hannah Jarrett/Niece/14/Sheerness/Census
1871/Charlotte Penn/Barmaid/20/Canterbury/Census
1871/Edward Ladd/Groom/18/Canterbury/Census
1871/Susan Allen/Housemaid/20/Canterbury/Census

1874/Thomas Burren/../../../Post Office Directory ****

Thomas was a supporter of the local Conservative Party and he was among those named and shamed by an 1881 Royal Commission of Inquiry for bribing voters in the general election of 1880, which was therefore declared void for the Canterbury seat – this rebuke did not deter him from politics and he subsequently became a City Councillor for the Northgate Ward for at least three terms (Bedwell & Co’s Canterbury & District Directory 1888 lists him as a Councillor, Kelly’s 1903 names him as a Councillor due for retirement in November 1903, and Kelly’s 1913 names him as a Councillor due for retirement in November 1914) ***

1881/Thomas Burren/Hotel Proprietor, Job Master & Horse Slaughterer/45/Hounslow/Census ***
1881/Hannah Burren/Wife/45/Isle of Sheppey/Census
1881/Louisa Moore/Sister/50/Tonbridge/Census
1881/Flora Burren/Niece/11/Rochester/Census
1881/Fanny Tomalin/Domestic Servant/19/Canterbury/Census

1882/Thos Burren/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/Thomas Burren/Job & Post Master, & Licensed Victualler/55/Hounslow/Census ***
1891/Hannah Burren/WIfe/55/Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent/Census
1891/Robert G Fox/Groom/50/Wandsworth/Census
1891/Florence Allen/General Domestic Servant/19/Ashford/Census

1903/Bramhall C Howard/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1913/Henry Cross/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1922/George Cross/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1930/Henry Geo Cross/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Henry Geo Cross/../../../Post Office Directory ****


*** Provided By Chris Haines

**** Provided By Kevan

And Last updated on: Wednesday, 03-Jul-2019 19:20:17 BST