Sort file:- Whitstable, January, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 January, 2023.


Earliest 1851-

Fisherman's Arms

Latest 1906

West Side Outer Wall / 34 (36) Island Wall


Fisherman's Arms 2009

Above image taken from Google maps, March 2009.


The "Fisherman's Arms" was at 34 Island Wall, in the late 1880's the landlord was Edward Carden, he owned the "Favourite" Oyster smack, was an ex Met. police Inspector, and possibly dabbled in "Free Trade". He had The "Fisherman's" until it closed in 1906.

Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 05 September 1864.


On Saturday, at the St. Augustine's Petty Sessions, the magistrates granted licenses for the sale of spirits to the following applicants from Whitstable and Seasalter:-

Elizabeth Bell, of the "Fisherman's Arms" beerhouse, Whitstable.


From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 6 October, 1906.


Mr. Hobler, instructed by mr. R. M. Mercer applied for the license of the "Fisherman's Arms," Whitstable, and Mr. R. F. Gibson represented the licensed justices.

Superintendent Jacobs said the nearest house to the "Fisherman's Arms were the "Guinea" and "King's Head." The house was frequented by fisherman and dredgermen, and the trade accommodation was very small. The tenant of the house was an owner of fishing smacks and was also a police pensioner.

In reply to Mr. Hohler, witness said the house was outside the congested area. The tenant had been in the house since 1883 and the trade was regular. he could give the tenant a very good character. There was also good police supervision.

Mr. Hohler, in his address to the Bench, submitted that there was no case made out in respect to the "Fisherman's Arms."

Mr. Carden, tenant of the house, stated that he first had the licence in 1876. He had it for twelve months and then left, but re-took it in 1883, and had had it ever since. The house was rebuilt in 1887. Considering the size of the house the accommodation was good.

In answer to Mr. Gibson, witness said the house was not so large as some other public houses - it was between a large and a small house. (Laughter.)

The committee refused to renew the licence.

On Tuesday the Committee settled the compensation to be paid to the owners and tenants of some of the houses, the licenses of which had been taken away. The following figures were agreed upon:-

"Fisherman's Arms," Whitstable. 694.

To the owners (Messrs. Shepherd. Neame and Co.) 625.

To the Tenant. (Edward Carden). 69.


Edward Carden in 1861 was an elementary school teacher of Island Wall aged 25 married to Sophie.

In 1871 he was a general dealer at 17 Outer Wall (now Island Wall) and in 1881 a marine store dealer on Island Wall, still with Sophie.



BELL Elizabeth 1851-64+ (widow age 61 in 1861Census)

TERRY John 1871+ (age 28 in 1871Census)

CARDEN Edward 1876-77-Dec/1906 (age 60 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

DYASON Samuel 1881+ (age 56 in 1881Census)

CARDEN Edward 1891+ (age 50 in 1891Census)


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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