I having hold of him all the while; he then began striking me as hard as he could in my face, with both hands, and I was obliged to let go to defend myself; I knocked him down in the kennel, and as he endeavoured to get up, I made a grasp to lay hold of him again; he got from under my arm, and ran down Holborn; I pursued ... source; Old Baily records online.
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Kennel is an old word (an alternative spelling of cannel, cognate with channel) for gutter, a channel provided along a street to drain rainwater.
Just for grins, OED 1 offers some useful phrases using kennel