Notes: Cogan House has a Victorian front but dates back
to 1203 or earlier, and is one of the most distinguished buildings
in Canterbury - and even in England. It is claimed that one
of its walls is the earliest of its type in England, being partly
Some relevant dates are given as follows:
Late 12th century: Luke the Moneyer starts building on the
1203: Comes into the hands of William Cokyn, who granted
it to a hospital.
1230: United with Eastbridge Hospital nearby
13th - 15th centuries: home of many Bailiffs and Mayors of
1473: home of John Bygg, mercer and Mayor, who owned the
King's Mill across the bridge from the famous Weavers'
house (mill long ago demolished, though you can still see its
stone base, and you can also see an old
print with the mill in it.) John Bygg built the aisled hall
on the south side - (see photos of its oak
ceiling on later pages)
c. 1529: rear of the aisled hall demolished by John Thomas
[sic], whose portrait can be seen in the frieze (photos
on next pages)
1568-1611: dates of Ralph Bawden who added the plaster ceilings,
carved panelling, and jettied front supported by carved brackets
(later placed in entrance hall) (see Mayttingly)
Late 1600s: John Cogan lived here and had himself painted
- Mayttingly says the portrait
is still in the Mayor's parlour, but I must have missed it! He was
a descendant of the first owner four centuries before. He left the
building, along with lands in Littlebourne, for the foundation of
a hospital called Cogan House, and this time it had more success.
1600s - 1870: Home of six widows of clergymen. During this
time the Georgian mathematical tiles were added.
1870: Thomas Wells, a tailor, buys the building and alters
it extensively. He saws off the jettied overhang and placed large
glass windows at street level (see the photograph). (Continued below)
Above and left - the plaster ceiling in the front room. Dated to
the late 16th century.
.Below you can see the West wall, which is supposedly
from the 12th century, and partly made of chalk and stone - a very
unusual feature, they say! Apparently the wall is 2 feet 3 inches
thick, according to the Council documents.
Also you can see the wonderful door leading from the front room
to the central room with the staircase.