Canterbury Music Hall



  • One of the most popular music halls in late 19th-century London.It was built in 1852 in Lambeth by Charles Morton on thesite of a skittle alley belonging to his tavern, the Canterbury Arms.Morton began by presenting classical music and ballad singing, butswitched to comedy with such success that he was able to increasethe theater's size to seat 1500 people. He gave up the business in1867. After reconstruction in 1876 the theater became known as CanterburyHall; famous patrons included the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).Many of the great stars of music hall performed here. However, theCanterbury faded with the genre in the 20th century and was destroyedin 1942 by a wartime bomb.