Sort file:- Herne, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Ship Hotel

Open 2020+

Marine Parade

Herne Bay

01227 366636

Ship 1896

Above photo, circa 1896, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1897

Above postcard, circa 1897, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1899

Above postcard, circa 1899, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Ship 1900

Above postcard circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1902

Above postcard, circa 1902, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn circa 1905

Above photo circa 1905.

Ship Hotel 1905

Above postcard 1905.

Shipm postcard 1906

Above postcard, 1906.

Ship Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn 1912

Above photo, date 1912.

Ship Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Ship Hotel 1913

Above postcard, 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1921

Above postcard, 1921, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1922

Above postcard circa 1922, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1929

Above postcard, circa 1929, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1937

Above postcard, circa 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1960

Above photo, circa 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 2015

Above photo 2015.

Ship sign 1991

Above sign, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Ship Hotel beermat

Above beer-mat kindly sent by Mike Lyon.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 31 March, 1860.


T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner held an inquest at the "Ship Inn," last week touching the death of a woman named Ann Fuller, aged 59, who, it was believed, had committed suicide by hanging herself. The following evidence was given:- Thomas Rogers, pork butcher, of Herne, deposed to going to the deceased’s house on the day in question, and finding it fastened. He, however, effected an entrance through the kitchen window, and in the passage found the deceased suspended by a piece of rope from two hooks, fastened to a beam. Witness at once cut her down, She was then quite dead, and appeared to have been so a day or two. He had frequently seen deceased, and he observed that she had been recently low and melancholy.

Elizabeth Greenland and Augustine Bird gave corroborative evidence, as to the deceased's state of mind, the former having seen her on the previous Sunday, and the latter at the post-office, on the following morning.

Verdict, "Temporary insanity."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 26 September, 1863.


At midnight on Saturday, a gentleman named Parker, who had been staying at the “Ship Hotel,” Herne Bay, was found dead on the highway in the parish of Seasalter. About three hours previous he had been seen by a coast guardsman walking on the beach towards the sea, and had been desired to go back. There were no marks of violence on the body, and valuable property was still in the pockets of the deceased.

On Tuesday an inquest was held on the body before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., when, after the examination of several witnesses, it was adjourned till Monday next, in order that in the meantime a post mortem examination might take place.


Kentish Chronicle Saturday 14th November 1863.

The ship Charles, belonging to this place, was on her passage up from the North, when she encountered the heavy gales. On Mouday, as the hands were reefing, a young man named George Hall, son of Mr. Hall, landlord of the "Ship Inn," Herne Bay, fell from the rigging, and was drowned. He was highly respected.


Victorian Ship snuff bos 1880

Above photo showing a snuff-box, circa 1880 probably given away to regulars, says Rory Kehoe who kindly supplied this.

From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 23 April 1892.

Albery, the dramatist, wrote his graceful comedy, "The Two Roses," at the "Ship Inn," Herne Bay, the quaint outside staircase of which old hostelry has attracted the attention of many an artist, as well as the low Gothic house close by, with its arched doorways. One of these has unfortunately been recently fitted with a modern door - all new varnish and brass furniture - which looks curiously out of place.


From the Whitstable Times, 28 July, 1900.


The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the "Ship" Herne Bay, on Saturday, on the body of Charles Edward Collins, aged 18, a plumber's assistant.

It appeared that deceased was bathing along the coast after seven o'clock in the evening, when a cane was thrown into the sea. Arthur Coppin, jun., who was also bathing, and the deceased both went for the cane and the latter got to it first, when he went under. He opened his mouth and the water ran in and he sank.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned whilst bathing."


From the Whitstable Times, 10 November, 1900.


The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest on Saturday, at the "Ship," Herne Bay, touching the death of John Daniels, a bricklayers labourer, living at 10, Salt's Lane, Herne Bay. It appeared that on November 2nd a Mrs. Peacock went to a house, 40, Douglas Road, which she had just had built, for the purpose of looking over it. On going into the scullery she found the deceased lying in the sink apparently dead. She called in assistance, and the police were sent for. There was no evidence as to how deceased got in the house. Dr. Senior made a post-mortem, and found deceased had been suffering from heart disease. The cause of death was (1) disease of the valves of the heart, (2) chronic Bright's disease. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 2 February 1901. Price 1d.


The East Kent Coroner (Mr. B. M. Mercer) held an inquest on Monday last, at the “Ship Inn,” Herne Bay, on the body of David Bean, aged 52, an agricultural labourer, working for Mr. E. J. Pout, at Swalecliffe. It appeared that deceased was, on Saturday last, engaged in taking some straw from Swalecliffe to Canterbury, and on returning in the evening called at the “Share and Coulter Inn,” Herne, and had a pint of beer. He then lit the lamp and went off. He was perfectly sober.

George March, a labourer, living at Herne, was returning from work when he met two horses quietly dragging an empty waggon. He stopped them, and took them to a farm close by, and on going down the road found deceased lying on his back. He was unconscious. He obtained assistance and took deceased to the Cottage Hospital, Herne Bay, but on arrival Dr. Fenculhet, who was called, pronounced life extinct. He examined him and found his right arm and six or eight ribs broken, besides other injuries.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 16 February 1901. Price 1d.


The East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest at the “Ship Inn,” Herne Bay, on Friday, touching the death of Thomas Garrett, master mariner, of Conahs Quay, Flint, aged 37.

It appeared that deceased was on the schooner Mary Elizabeth, of Chester, laying on the Garrison Point, outside Sheerness. Deceased was her master. Deceased was last seen alive about 7 or 7.30 on the evening of the 14th December, 1900, on board his ship. He was missed the next morning. As he had not gone ashore it was generally thought on board that he must have gone over the side. On Thursday, the 7th February, at 10 o'clock, Charles Mount, a mariner, of Herne Bay, found the body of deceased washed ashore at a spot about 1 miles from there in the parish of Reculvers.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased was found at Herne Bay washed up by the sea, but as to the cause of death there was not sufficient evidence to show.


Said to be Herne Bay's oldest pub and probably built in the mid 1600s.

It was supplied by Cobbs brewery of Margate in the 1800s.



NORRIS Thomas 1795-1839+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TAYLOR William 1847+

HALL Charles 1855-74+

HALL Charles J 1881-82+ (age 37 in 1881Census)

FARROW Tony Dec/2011+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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