Map detail c. 1777


"....till we come to another crossing it, called Beercart Lane, from Brewer's drays usually standing there, but indeed, a continutation of Watling street leading down to the waterlock, a name given to those places where horses can go down to drink at the river." WG

"The Roman road was found throughout Beer Cart Lane; but in Watling Street it runs under the houses on the north side of the street, not beneath the roadway. It also ran considerably to the north of Old Dover Road, not beneath the present roadway there." Archaeologia Cantiana

"Feb 2, 1795. A considerable thaw took place in the country, and around the metropolis, which occasioned the most serious consequences in many places. Bridges were broken down, and the roads in various parts rendered impassable."

In consequence of the rapid melting of the snow, which commenced on Monday evening, a great number of houses in Canterbury were overflowed, and the furniture in many materially damaged. The thaw continuing all Tuesday, and the greatest part of Wednesday, occasioned the river Stour to spread its waters to a greater depth and extent than at any time since the year 1776, over all the adjoining low lands from Ashford to Sandwich haven. At noon on Wednesday, the flood increased so rapidly, that many houses in Stour Street, Beer cart lane, Lamb lane, Bests Lane, St. Radegund's bath, Pound Lane, part of St. Peter's, Cock lane, St. Dunstan's, and North Lane, had their ground floors laid under water, those nearest the river several feet deep. The inhabitants were obliged to betake themselves to their chambers for safety, and some families to leave their habitations. In the afternoon it again began to freeze, which probably in some measure checked the supplies of the torrent, and lessened its rapidity; and between ten and eleven at night the waters were perceived to subside, and in the morning marked their progress, by leaving the streets covered with broad and broken sheets of ice. TSMFeb1795



1830 Poll Book, Beer Cart Lane

William MOFFAT, Victualler

Isaac HODGES, Labourer

Edward BLIGH, Plasterer


1851 F. Gilham, Beer Cart lane, Canterbury. Annual Report by Art union of London 1851


No. 1

George Hart, Brewers servant %

1858 Rigden and Delmar's Superior Canterbury Ales & Beer. Porter equal to any sent out of London, and at a much less price. Brewery, Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury.

1874 Rigden and Delmer, Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury (The London and Suburban licensed victuallers', hotel and tavern keepers, 1874)

1884 William, Edward & John Rigden, Beer Cart Lane (listed under Brewers and Maltsters)

late 1880's William, Ed., and John Rigden, brewers and maltsters


George CROW, Builders Works


No. 2

Henry Peters, Broker %

late 1880's William, Ed., and John Rigden, brewers and maltsters

Frank Cooper (Canterbury) Ltd. 1935


No. 3



The Middle of Beercart Lane looking towards Stour Street


No. 5

George TWYMAN, Rope maker


Castle Street


No. 6

William HARMAN, Warehouseman


No. 6 & 7 Beercart lane "The Chaucer Bookshop" BEST bookshop in Canterbury

(I've found some wonderful treasures here, pay them a visit when you are in town)


No. 10

James MILLGATE, Brewery Foreman )


No. 11

R. HOPKINS, Brewers Foreman

George H. MILLGATE, Brewers Drayman )


No. 12


Stephen J. BOWELS


Middle of Beercart Lane looking towards Watling Street


No. 13

Thomas BURROWS, Horse keeper


No. 14

S. J. BOWELS, Cooper

W. E. & J. RIGDEN, Maltsters

Thomas BURROWS, Brewers groom )



No. 15



No. 16

1885 Kelly's Directory of the Leather Trades - John Davis, listed under Carriage Trimmer

J. Barnes, Labourer

John Lockyer, Bricklayer )

FOX !!



Beercart Lane from Stour Street


No. 17

Henry Hine, Shoeing smith

Henry TOMLIN, Farrier )

COX !!


Beercart Lane from Watling Street

Beercart Lane &

Charles E. Wood, Butcher

William Kean

Charlotte Austen

John Vincent

Benjamin Laker

Robert Lale

Henry Hall

Henry J. Cloke, plumber

John Best

Thomas Coppins

George Dean

Henry Hine

Stephen Iggleden

John Davis

Richard Hopkins

Richard Mount

William Dale




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