*the families are not necessarily all connected

Butchery Lane, Court Bros. Hardware Store sign

The store was started in 1850 by William Henry Court Senior. He passed away in 1863, the business was taken over by his wife and sons.

In 1945 the business was sold to Alfred, Edwin and Henry Cohen.


A photo of Court Brothers in Burgate Street no. 24 (Photo c. 1912)


July 23, 1848 marriage of William Henry Court and Lavinia Twyman (St. Andrew's Canterbury)

Birth of a Walter Court, christening June 14, 1863 at St. Andrew Canterbury. Mother Mary Lavina and father William Henry COURT

I agree to sell the house No. 5 in the Cossington Road, Canterbury, to Wm Henry Court for the sum of one Hundred and sixty five Pounds. The title to be the same in all aspects as that received by me from the Ivy House Estate. Ninety pounds having been paid as a deposit this day by the said W. H. Court. Mr. Gee or Mr. Calloway to convey the house Clovis Villa Canterbury. April 8th, 1864 (signed by W. J. Cooper) - from my collection (Robert Gee, of Canterbury, Solicitor)

*William J. Cooper was a Town Councillor and retired Surgeon (possibly No. 23 Old Dover Road) - William James Cooper Date of Registration Sept 29, 1869, Clovis Villa, Canterbury... Lic. Soc. Apoth. Lond. 1825 (William was the brother of Sydney Cooper) - James G. Beaney was articled to him

*1865 Poll Book - Name of voter and residence (parish of All Saints), W. J. COOPER, Clovis Villa, Old Dover Road, Canterbury


To Mrs. Court from T. T. De Lasaux - bill for legal work with regards to the business and her sons July 14, 1876 - from my collection

*Thomas Thorpe De lasaux


1881 Walter COURT, of Canterbury, Tin Plate Worker, Cossington Road with mother Mary L. COURT

1891 - William Henry Court and Charles John Court, employers (Frank Willcox their employee stole some goods), Butchery Lane

September 27, 1898 - dissolution of partnership carrying on business as General Manufacturers, Ironmongers, Oil Merchants and Upholsteres at Numbers 11 and 12 Butchery Lane, Numbers 24, 47 and 49 Burgate Street, and 78 Castle Street in the City of Canterbury and at Whitstable and Herne Bay Kent under the style or firm of Court Brothers. Dissolved by mutual consent as and from the thirtieth day of June 1898. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said William Henry Court the Mangaging Partner who will continue the entire business. dated twenty-second day of September 1898. (The London Gazette)

Nov. 1900 - Charles John Williams - shop assistant in Messrs Court Bros. / Miriam Phillips - shop assistant Messrs Court Bros. Burgate

1902 - Edgar Stanley, a shop assistant at Court Bros. Burgate Street (CCA)

1902 - Frank Igguldon (age 14), stealing property from his employer William Henry Court

1903 - Arthur Graham - Porter Manager to Messrs. Court Bros. Stour Street

1905 - John Porter, a weight and scale adjuster in the employ of Messrs. Court Bros. Butchery Lane

1909 - Phillip Houghton, Manager of Courts Ironmongery Department


Percy Maylam, Solicitor

32 Watling Street, Canterbury

October 9th, 1914

Dear Sir,

With reference to the business matter between you and your Brother Mr. W. H. Court, he has suggested that I should write and ask if you would be good enough to call and see me some time in order that the matter may be but on a proper footing.

Perhaps you would be kind enough to do so.

Yours truly,

Percy Maylam

Mr. Walter Court, Albion Place, Broad Street, Canterbury


1915 - The Electrician Electrical Trades Directory and Handbook - Court Bros. Elec. Supplies Dealers, 11 and 12 Butchery Lane, Canterbury.

1920 - Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review (vol 44) - Mr. W. H. Court, of Court Bros., glass and china dealers, Burgate st, has been elected on the Executive of the Canterbury Free Church Council.

1926 - Court Bros. Butchery Lane, and 77 Castle Street, Canterbury & Mortimer St. Herne Bay, Kent


Court Brothers in Burgate Street no. 24 (1927 ad)


1932 - Percy Court took over the business

1945 - Court & Cooke, Ltd. - Private company. Registered January 8th. Capital 2000 pounds. Objects: To acquire the business of electrical contractors, refrigeration engineers and radio dealers carried on by Court Bros. (Electrical Contractors). Ltd., at 15 Butchery Lane, Canterbury. Directors: W. J. Court, 10 Cherry Garden Road and R. A. B. Cooke, 2A Westgate Grove, both Canterbury.


Mr. Wallace G. COURT as Marcus Superbus

2 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London, he's with his sisters Maude (age 22) and Blanche (age 19) who are both professors of Medical Exercises (school), Wallace (age 21) is noted as an actor, all three were born in Canterbury.

1880's a Henry Court of Oaten Hill who is a Drill Master (of Worcestershire) with wife Mary A. Court nee Brickall (of Cheriton, Kent) and children Maud A. (born c. 1879) and Walter G. (born c. 1880)

1891 West Grove, Sandgate, Cheriton, Kent. Henry Court Teacher of Gymnastics, wife Mary A., daughter Maud Annie scholar, son Walter Gordon Court, scholar, Blanche M. Court, Alice Beatrice Court (age 7 b. Canterbury), Mabel Court (age 5 b. Sandgate), Henry F. Court (age 5 b. Sandgate), Charles S. Court (age 5 b. Sandgate)

Death of a Walter Court 1963, age 84 at Canterbury


Christening of Edith Maud COURT, September 9, 1894, Canterbury to William and Frances COURT


Courts Furnishing Stores, Burgate


The link to the COURT Genealogy groups website

http://www.courtgen.com/ (copy and paste into your browser)


Richard COURT, fuller, son of William COURT, weaver, 1467 - The Roll of the Freemen of the City of Canterbury from A.D. 1392 - 1800

Christenings 1767, Saint Dunstan - October 4th, 1767 - Sarah, daughter of William COURT and Mary his wife



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