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Page Updated:- Thursday, 01 February, 2024.


Earliest 1819-

Ship Centurion Inn Arminius

Open 2020+

111 (27) High Street


01227 264740

Ship Centurion 1890s

Above photo, circa 1890s. The building is just to the right of the carriage.

Ship Centurion 1890s

Above photo, circa 1890s, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Ship Centurion

Above postcard, date circa 1910, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Ship Centution 1910

Above postcard, postmarked 17 August 1911, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Obviously a coloured version of the one above.

Ship Centurion 1955

Above photo 1955.

Ship Centurian 2010

Photo taken 18 August 2010 from by Jelltex.

Ship Centurion sign 1991Ship Centurion sign 2019

Above sign left, July 1991. Sign right, 2019, by Shaun Gardiner.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Awaiting reverse picture of Whitbread sign.

Ship Centurion card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 38.

Ship Centurion 2019

Above photo, October 2019, kindly taken and sent by Shaun Gardiner.


I have reference to this pub being addressed in Seasalter.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 7 September 1819.


Free Public Houses and other estates,

To be Sold By Auction, By Messrs. White, (Without Reserve).

Pursuant to certain orders of the Vice Chancellor of Great Britain, and before the Major part of the Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of bankrupt awarded and issued against Matthew William Sankey, of the City of Canterbury, brewer, dealer and chapman, at the Guildhall, of the said city of Canterbury, on Wednesday next, the 22nd day of September next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced.)
The following very Valuable Freehold Estates, in Lots.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs white without reserve.

Lot 15. A Messuage called the "Ship" with the stable, yard, garden, and appurtenances, situate at Whitstable, in the said county, and now in the occupation of Edward Foad.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 February 1845.


A meeting took place at the "Ship Centurion," Whitstable, on Tuesday the 4th instant, for the purpose of explaining the utility, principles, and benefits derived by the brethren of that most excellent order the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows. The chair was taken by I . G. Young, from the North of England, who was supported by the brothers of the Loyal City of Canterbury Lodge. The business of the evening commenced by P. G. Young giving an address on the origin of Oddfellouship, after winch P. G. Etches, of the Loyal City of Canterbury Lodge addressed them on the benefits of the order. Brother Southee, of the same lodge, also addressed the meeting in a very able manner on the principles of the order. At the close of the meeting a return of upwards of forty names was given, of applicants to become brothers on the opening of the Orphan’s Friend Lodge, which will take place on the 15th of April.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 3 May, 1862.


Jemima Hopkins, a charwoman, was brought up in custody, on a charge of stealing half a sovereign from a bed-room at the “Ship Inn,” Seasalter, the property of George Whitnall, the landlord. It appeared that on the 22nd April the prisoner was employed at the “Ship,” and, taking advantage of her position, she opened a drawer in the bedroom and took the coin.

The prisoner pleaded "guilty" and Mr. Fielding, who appeared on her behalf, addressed the Bench in mitigation of the offence.

The Bench sentenced the prisoner to a month's incarceration, with hard labour.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 29 August, 1863.



William Milsted appeared to answer a charge of assault preferred against him by Mr. George Whitnell, landlord of the “Ship Inn,” Seasalter. Complainant stated that on Friday night week the defendant entered his house, and asked to be supplied with some beer and “baccy” on trust. His wife refused to let Milsted have it before he had cleared off an “old score” whereupon he abused her and made use of very bad language. This called for the interference of the husband, and a row ensued, in which Milsted struck complainant, but on again coming up to renew the attack he received a knock-down blow from the landlord. Committed for fourteen days', and ordered to pay costs, or to be further imprisoned for twenty-one days.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.


New spirit licenses were granted of Mr. Alfred Holness, of the “Rising Sun Inn.” The application of the latter named was opposed by Mr. Fielding, on behalf of the landlord of the “Ship.”


The following passage indicates that the building was rebuilt in 1914.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 10 January 1914.


Plans for rebuilding the "Ship Centurian," Whitstable, were submitted for approval by Messrs. Ash and Co. (Owners.) Mr. A. A. Kemp explained the plans which showed that while the accommodation would be very much the same, it would render the house much more comfortable. The magistrates approved the plans, but the Chairman intimated that there was a possibility of the house being referred. He thought it only right to acquaint them of that fact, as they did not wish to lead the owners into expense. They would, however, approve of the plans that day, and subject to the licence being renewed and the work carried out, they saw no reason to refuse the application to grant permission to the tenant using the stable premises for the purposes of trade during the four months that would be required for rebuilding.



In 1996 the pub gained the name "Arminius" after Armin Burkes took it on, and his wife Janet became the licensee.



FOAD Edward 1819-40+ Pigot's Directory 1840

PUGH Edwin 1847+

JOHNSON Mary Ann 1858+

WHITNALL George 1862-71 (age 47 in 1871Census)

FOREMAN Charlotte 1871+ (widow age 30 in 1871Census)

WALLIS William 1874+

PUNYER George to Nov/1880 Whitstable Times (Ship, Seasalter)

BOURNE Edmund (Edward) Nov/1880-81+ (age 27 in 1881Census) Whitstable Times (Ship, Seasalter)

BUXSEY William 1882+

Last pub licensee had GAMMON William J 1889-1903+ (age 59 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

BEANY/BEANEY Frederick 1911-13+ (age 41 in 1911Census)

BISHOP John Mills 1918-22+

BISHOP J M 1924+ Kelly's 1924

DELL A C 1930+

PARRINGTON Edgar 1934-39+ (age 68 in 1939)

BURKES Janet 1996+

BURKES Janet & Roland (son) 2002-20+


Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924


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