Sort file:- Sheerness, January, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 31 January, 2022.


Earliest 1871-

Ship on Shore

Open 2020+

Cheyney Rock / 155 Marine Parade


01795 662880

Ship on Shore

Above photo, date unknown.

Ship on Shore

Above photo, date unknown. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.

Ship on Shore 1907

Above postcard, 1907.

Ship on Shore 1911

Above postcard, circa 1911, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship on Shore 1913

Above postcard, 1913. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Not sure who Teint & Son are, and I believe this is an error from the painter and it should read Flint & Son.

Ship on Shore 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship on Shore

Above photo, date circa 1922, further details can be found from this link:-

Ship on Shore Grotto

Above postcard showing the Grotto. Date unknown.

Ship on Shore 1987

Above photo 1987.

Ship on Shore sign 1991

Above sign, April 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Ship on Shore card 1973

Above Whitbread card, 1973 and series unknown.

Ship on Shore 2000s

Above photo, 2000s. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.

Ship on Shore 2000s

Above photo, 2000s. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.


There is a strange tale connected with the "Ship on Shore", which was once a coastguard station before a sea-wall was built in front of the house. The oldest surviving pub in town, it was the scene of a shipwreck in 1848, when a small vessel foundered and sank offshore. The landlord waded out to the wreck and claimed the cargo which, it turned out, consisted of barrels of cement. Nothing daunted, mine host built himself a rustic grotto next to the pub, which drew curious visitors (and still does), and is a protected building.


From accessed 19 March 2019.

A ship carrying barrels of Aspdin's cement sank off the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, England, and the barrels of set cement, minus the wooden staves, were later incorporated into a pub in Sheerness and are still there now. Those who wish can sup a pint and contemplate cement history.


I have been informed by Michael Cox that Joe Park was the brother in-law to Les Jarrett of the "True Briton." His sister, Alice, being the link. He had a brother, too. Ted Park. Ted and his wife Lil ran the "Seaview Hotel" and helped foster the "beat boom" of the sixties by letting their function room to a local band "The Rebounds".

Les Jarret also owned the "Sea Horse" in Leysdown and founded the Playa Club on the Leas at Minster IoS. That became the "Playa" pub eventually.



CLARKE Wilson 1871+ (age 52 in 1871Census)

CLARKE William 1874+

HILLS William John 1881-1918+ (also registered chemist & druggist age 37 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

DRAY Thomas 1930-39+ (age 55 in 1939)

PARK Joe 1960s



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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