Sort file:- Herne, April, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 15 April, 2021.


Earliest 1867-

Oyster Inn

Latest 1867+

(Name to)


Herne Bay


In the 1800s there was an "Oyster Inn" at Hampton near Herne Bay, where oyster beds abounded until the 1980s.

I believe this is also known as the "Hampton Inn," and may be the same one that is open today, although is appears to be an overlap of licensees names. I think the explanation to this is that the pub was called the "Hampton Oyster Inn" and they just dropped the Oyster reference till it eventually got lost.

Chris Richford says the following:- there was never a pub that was flooded and abandoned. Seemingly there were a handful of houses and a sweetshop. The confusion has arisen as the census of 1881 makes clear. The Hampton Oyster Inn is recorded in that census and the inn Keeper was Harry Knight 41 years with his family.

The next entry relates to a Mount family who had the Herne Bay Oyster Company.

The idea of piers seems to have predominated around here mainly to land passenger ships and these new found resorts. Around the turn of the 1900s plans were afoot to have one at Tankerton, thus Pier Avenue, which as its name suggests is one of the widest roads in that area.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 30 November 1867. Price 1d.


At the St Augustine's Petty Sessions, on Saturday, Edward Philpott, landlord of the “Hampton Oyster Inn,” Herne, was summoned for keeping his house open during prohibited hours on Sunday. A police-constable deposed that about 11 o'clock on Sunday morning he entered the defendant's house dressed in private clothes, and asked for a pint of beer. Philpott's wife said, " I cannot serve you, I'm afraid.” Whereupon witness, having observed two men drinking in an adjoining room, asked what they were about. Without replying to his query she produced a pint of beer, for which he paid. Mr. Plummer (one of the magistrates) observed that it was the duty of the police to prevent the commission of the offence, and not, as in this case, to induce persons to commit them. The clerk thought the offence had been compromised by the act of the constable in taking the beer. The constable said that there were other persons in the house besides those whom he saw drinking. The chairman said the magistrates had determined on dismissing the case, and they were desirous of expressing their wish that policemen should not be in future sent to innkeepers' houses dressed in plain clothes. They at the same time cautioned the defendant as to the future conduct of his house.


I believe that probably between 1861 and 1891 the pub was known by both the "Oyster Inn" and also the "Hampton Inn."



HARRIETT James 1841+ (age 35 in 1841Census)

CARTER William 1861+ (age 47 in 1861Census)

PHILPOTT Edward 1867-71+ (age 54 in 1871Census) Whitstable Times

KNIGHT Harry 1881+ (age 41 in 1881Census)

PHILPOTT William 1882+



Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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