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Earliest 1597-

Ship Family and Commercial Hotel

Closed 1990s

16 Market Place (West Street 1828)


Ship Hotel circa 1916

Above showing the "Ship Hotel" far right, circa 1916.

Ship sign 1991Ship sign 1991

Above signs, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Above photo by Paul Skelton, 1 September 2012.

Ship plaque

Outside the pub there is a plaque that says the following:- "Since the 16th Century when Henry VIII's fleet lay anchor in Faversham Creek, an Inn has stood on this site. Originally a simple wine tavern called "The Shippe," over the centuries the enlarged "Ship Inn" became an important stagecoach stop between London and Dover. All kinds of coaches and carriages, bringing travellers, revenue and excise men, military, officers, couriers, merchants and humble journeymen passed beneath this archway."

Ship Inn archway

Above photo, date unknown by Andy Johnson.


I have reference to this pub from the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle September 1768, when the paper advertised the sale of household furniture of Colonel Parr, at his House in Burgate Street, Canterbury. It was stated that catalogues could be obtained from this public house. See Notes of 1768.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.


The Household Furniture of Mr. George Turner, deceased, at his late Dwelling House in the Green Court, Canterbury. Consisting of Beding, Chairs, Tables, Looking Glasses, Kitchen Furniture, Brewing Utensils, Linen, China Wares, and Plate.

The Sale to begin on Tuesday the 9th of May, at half past two, and to continue three days. The goods may be viewed on Monday before the day of sale.

Catalogues may be had this Wednesday at the “George,” at Boughton; the “Ship,” at Faversham; the “Woolpack” at Chilham; the “Rose,” at Sittingbourne; the “White Horse,” at Bridge; the “Flying Horse,” at Wye; the “Dog,” at Wingham; the “King's Head,” at Sandwich; at the Taverns and Public Houses in this city, and at Thomas Roch's Upholster, the Apraiser, in St. George's Street.

N.B. The House to be Lett.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday 6 May to Wednesday 10 May, 1769. Price 2d.

To be sold by auction, on Friday the 12 of May Inst, at the “Ship” in Faversham, between the Hours of Three and Four in the Afternoon.

A sorrel mare, fourteen hands, and an inch high, remarkable for her extraordinary good paces.


Kentish Gazette, 9 July, 1774.

"Ship Inn," Faversham.

Timothy Joseph Malkin, having much enlarged and improved the said inn, returns thanks for all the favours he has received from the town and neighbourhood of Faversham in particular from the public in general. With frequent solicitations of many respectable families travelling the Kentish road, who have honoured him with their favours, has induced him to acquaint Gentlemen and Ladies in general, travelling the above road, that he has exceedingly good accommodations for lodgings, &c. good Stabling and Coach yard, with the best of Wines and Spirits, and a good Larder according to the season.

Lets Post Coaches and Chaises to any part of England.

All those who plays the favour him with their commands, may depend upon his upmost Endeavours to give Satisfaction, and their Favours will be most gratefully acknowledge.

By their most obedient humble servant to command. Timothy Joseph Malkin.

Faversham is distance from London 47 miles, from Rochester 18 miles, and from Margate, Deal and Dover, 25 miles.

A good Road through the Town, about a Quarter of a mile out of the main Road.

Sells all sorts of Wines and Ppirits neat as imported, and on the most reasonable Terms, Wholesale and Retail.

July 18th, 1774.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 12 August 1775.

Ship Inn, Faversham.

Charles Boncey, begs leave to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry, and Others, that he has taken the said inn, where he has provided good accommodations for lodging, &c, with stabling, and a coach yard.

Likewise the best wines and spirits, and a good larder according to the season.


Kentish Gazette, 16 October, 1779.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately,

The "Ship Inn," Faversham.

For particulars enquire of Charles Bonsey on the said premises.


Kentish Gazette, 17 December, 1783.

To be Let., and entered upon immediately.

The "Ship Inn," in Faversham.

Enquire of Julius Shepherd, or Martin Robinson, at the said Inn.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: in Faversham: the Ship Inn (Stapleton Payn, innholder).


Kentish Gazette, 6 November, 1792.

Whereas the person left a horse at the "Ship Inn," Faversham, on the 10th of October last; and if he does not return on or before the 30th of November inst. and pay keep and expenses which have attended, he will be sold to defray the same.


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Ship Inn (Stapleton Payne innholder).


From Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Friday 16 January 1795.


Faversham, Jan 15, 1795. A Meeting of Gentlemen, Clergy, and principal Inhabitants of Faversham, and the neighbouring Parishes, is proposed to be held at the "SHIP INN," in FAVERSHAM, on MONDAY next at TWELVE o'Clock, to take into consideration the most effectual method of supplying the poor of the said neighbourhood, with Meal and Flower at reduced prices.


Kentish Chronicles, 7 July, 1795.

Wednesday was married, Mr. Plain, of Elham, to Miss Payne, daughter of Mr. Payne, at the "Ship Inn," Faversham.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 15 May, 1827.

An Irish soldier billeted at the "Ship Inn," Faversham, was desired by the waiter to retire to bed on Tuesday night, as it was then late, but instead of doing which he flew into a violent passion, and swore he would murder anyone who should offer to molest him - in consequence of which the waiter left the room. Shortly after, a person went in for some beer, when the soldiers seized the poker and knocked him down, and beat him in a most unmerciful mannor, as well as two watchmen who were attracted to the spot by the noise. The fellow has since undergone an examination, but only one of the watchmen was able to appear, the other, as well as the poor man who was first knocked down, not having sufficiently recovered from the wounds they received; and the soldier was committed for trial at the next Sessions for that town.


From the Kentish Gazette, 1 November 1836.

On Thursday evening last, one of the waiters of the "Ship Inn," Faversham, was carrying a tray, with a couple of hot roast fowls, and all the needful etceteras, a short distance for a private dinner party, he was met by a person in the street, who hastily demanded "why he had been so long coming?" took the tray, with its smoking viands, and desired the waiter to "make haste and fetch two bottles of wine." The sequel is, the dainties did not find a place on the table for which they were intended, and where the party were waiting, and although a diligent search was made, the retreat of the birds was not discovered.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

At twelve o’clock, the children of the National School were regaled with plum cake, beer, and oranges; battledores (badminton) and shuttlecocks, bulls, and marbles were provided for their amusement in the afternoon. Most of the shops were closed, and in the evening the town was partially illuminated. The mayor invited his brother townsmen to meet him at the "Ship Inn," to celebrate the event by smoking and drinking. As the evening advanced much life was given to the town by the whirling of carriages to and from the respective residences of the principal inhabitants, and also from the country with parties that had been invited to the ball to take place on that evening, and at which nearly 150 were present. Mount's quadrille band was in attendance, whose harmonious bounds, joined with the circumstances of the day, caused the dancing to be kept up with great spirit till time warned the company that another day was fast approaching, when all retired, expressing themselves much delighted with the arrangements, and a wish that a similar ball should take place annually.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 February 1842.


The annual meeting of the Faversham Prosecuting Society, was held on Thursday last, at the "Ship Inn," Frederick Wells, Esq. in the chair. The Secretary, W. Jeffery, Esq., produced the accounts for the year, which had been audited by the Committee; they were quite satisfactory, leaving a balance of between 30 and 40, although there had been no extra call for subscription since the last meeting in January 1840, but which had previously been the case every alternate year. The prosperous state of the funds it was considered might be attributed to the prevention of crime by the parochial police, which it was lamented had only been partially adopted in this Union. There is certainly much less of crime in those parishes where the system is adopted.


From the Kentish Gazette, 22 March 1842.


March 5, at Faversham, Mr. John Norris, aged 40, under ostler at the "Ship Inn;" and March 11, at Faversham, Mr. William Norris, father of the above, aged 68, ostler at the "Ship Inn" for the last 40 years.


From the Kentish Gazette, 10 May 1842.


May 1st, at Faversham, after a severe illness of ten days, borne with true Christian meekness and resignation to the will of God, Mr. Charles Harvey, aged 59, son of the late Mr. J Harvey, coach proprietor, of Canterbury, and formerly of the "Ship Hotel," Dover. The deceased was highly respected and most deeply lamented by his disconsolate widow and relatives, to whom he was endeared by every virtue that adores the character of husband, brother, friend.


From the Kentish Gazette, 22 August 1843.

FAVERSHAM. Daring Swindler.

On Wednesday last a person of gentlemanly appearance went to the Commercial Room of the "Ship Inn," Faversham, where he took dinner and wine, and requested cash for a cheque of 21 5s., which the waiter obtained for him at the shop of Mr. Holmes, grocer, and handed it to the supposed traveller, who shortly after disappeared without paying for his dinner, &c,; and the cheque having been forwarded to London, where it represented to be payable, proved fictitious. The swindler appeared to be about 40 years of age, light complexion, short and very stout made, and had on at the time dark green frock coat, white waistcoat, and fawn colour striped trousers. He afterwards took tea at the "Anchor," Ospringe, and proceeded in Conningsby’s van to Chatham. He is said to have been franking his patronage on some tavern-keepers at Canterbury.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 January 1846.


The annual meeting or the subscribers will be held at the "Ship Inn," Faversham, on Thursday, the 20th day of JANUARY instant, at Seven o'clock in the evening, when the Accounts for the year will be submitted, and new Members may be proposed.


11th January, 1848.


Kentish Gazette, 2 February 1847.


The annual general meeting of the Faversham Prosecuting Society was held at the "Ship Inn," on Thursday last. Mr. T. Pell, of Brenley, in the chair. The accounts of the society were audited, and there appearing a sufficient balance in hand, with arrears due, to render a call for subscriptions unnecessary, no call was made.

W. Jefferys, Esq., one of the late secretaries, having resigned, and Mr. Bathurst having accepted the office, liberally ordered bowls of punch to be placed on the table; and Mr. Jefferys having ordered the table to be furnished with wine, Mr. G. Murton, in a few complimentary and sentimental observations, proposed Mr. Jefferys health, when that gentleman, in returning thanks, expressed his opinion of the general usefulness of societies of this kind as a means of deterring evil-disposed persons from the commission of crime, by the fair calculation that detection and punishment were more likely to occur by the means and exertions of a united public body than by individual means and exertions. Mr. J. also gave a detail of the origin (twenty-five years since), progress, and beneficial effects of this society in particular from his own experience and observation, stating that the crime of sheep stealing, horse stealing, &c., had materially decreased in the neighbourhood through the means resorted to by this society, by the offering of liberal rewards, and by rewarding meritorious conduct of police officers and other persons aiding in the detection of offenders. Mr. J. expressed his sincere conviction that the prevention of crime was a consequence resulting in a material degree from the judicious means adopted by this society, and concluded a very interesting address by proposing the health of his successor, Mr. Bathurst, and expressing his unbounded confidence in the ability and integrity of that gentleman. Mr. B. briefly returned thanks, expressing his hopes of success, as his best endeavours would be exerted to give genial satisfaction.


Kentish Gazette, 9 October 1849.


Alfred Steed and Henry Cleveland, of Ramsgate, underwent an examination before the county magistrates on Saturday week, at the "Ship Inn," on a charge of breaking into the house of Mary Daws, keeper of the Selling toll-gate. The prisoners were both committed for trial at the next assizes. Steed was also charged with uttering counterfeit coin at Herne Bay, to a green-grocer named Salter, and a publican named White, and was committed for trial on this charge also.


Faversham Gazette, 7 June, 1856.


Present R. G. Stone, Esq., Mayor, E. Garraway, Esq., and Thomas Barnet, Esq.

The License of the "Ship Hotel" was endorsed from Mr. John Hodges, to Mr. Edwin Pawley.


Faversham Gazette, 9 August, 1856.


(Successor to J. Hodges) RESPECTFULLY announces to the Nobility, Clergy, Gentry, and Inhabitants of Faversham and its Neighbourhood, that having taken the above Hotel, he ventures to hope that, by courtesy and attention to those who may favour him with their patronage, he may secure the same liberal support which was for so many years accorded to his predecessor.

E. P. having completed his arrangements in the purchase of an entirely new set of Carriages, among which may be found the Clarence, Landau, Headed Phaeton, and Newport Pagnell Dog Cart, he is in a position to supply, at the shortest possible notice, conveyances which will be found superior to anything in the neighbourhood.

N.B. Wines and Spirits of a First-rate quality.


Faversham Gazette, 13 September, 1856.


On Monday evening an inquest was held at the "Ship Hotel," (the Town-hall being under repairs,) before J. Tassell, Esq., coroner for the borough, on the body of Thomas Goff, aged 33, a "navvy," who had been employed on the railway works now proceeding in this neighbourhood, who was found dead upon a brick clamp early on Sunday morning last. It appears the deceased was last seen alive by the Superintendent of Police, between twelve and one o’clock on Saturday night, in a partial state of intoxication; after which he must have wandered into the brickfield of Mr. Kingsnorth, where it would appear he first laid himself down on some straw beside the bricks, but probably finding that situation too cold he climbed to the top of the clamp, where, after arranging the bricks so as to keep the wind from him, he lay down to sleep, which proved to be the sleep of death. Evidence to this effect having been taken, F. F. Giraud, Esq., surgeon, stated that he was called to see deceased about eight o’clock on Sunday morning; he had been dead some hours; he (the surgeon) did not suppose he could have lived more than an hour; he died from inhaling carbonic acid gas arising from the brick clamp, or what would be technically called a state of asphyxia. After a short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. Mr. Giraud put forth a suggestion in which the coroner and jury cordially concurred, that it would be highly proper to place notices near or upon all brick clamps, stating the results which would be sure to follow conduct like that of deceased. The body was interred on Tuesday by the fellow workmen of the deceased at their own expense, a party of about forty of whom following the remains of the unfortunate man to his last resting-place in Faversham churchyard.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 2 June, 1857.


The annual supper in commemoration of this event took place on Monday last, at the "Ship Hotel," the guests numbering upwards of 50. The Mayor (F. F. Giraud, Esq.,) presided, and much sociality and good feeling prevailed. We should add that the supper was provided in excellent style by Mr. Pawley, the landlord of the above establishment.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 14 January, 1860.


Last week various gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Faversham and Canterbury, received printed invitations purporting to come from Mr. C. W Graves, of Faversham, coupled with the names of two other gentlemen to officiate as stewards on the occasion, inviting them to partake of a dinner, at the "Ship Hotel," Faversham, on Thursday last.

The circulars were so neatly and elegantly printed on tinted paper, as to allay all suspicion of the parties, when on arriving at Faversham no one knew anything of the banquet, and it turned out to be a cruel hoax. No clue, at present, has been discovered as to the perpetrators, but it is strongly suspected to have originated in the neighbourhood of Whitstable.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 25 February, 1860.



As Mr. W. C. Graves, the manager of the railway works here, is about to leave, in order to undertake the management of some similar works in Russia, several of the leading tradesmen invited him to a public dinner, as a farewell meeting, and on Thursday evening last about 16 sat down to a sumptuous dinner at the "Ship Hotel", served in the style for which "mine host" is so celebrated. Mr. F. Kingsnorth was in the chair. Mr. Graves, during the time he has been at Faversham, has gained the respect and good wishes of all to whom he is known.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 6 April 1861.


At the Guildhall on the same day, Margaret Mason a servant at the "Ship Hotel," was charged with stealing a bottle of stout the property of Mr. Pawley, the landlord.

Prosecutor stated that a few minutes before seven o'clock on Sunday, suspecting that bottled stout had been stolen from his cellar, he watched in a room facing the cellar door. Shortly afterwards, the prisoner, who was employed as cook, came to the cellar, and took a bottle of stout, and went away with it. He followed immediately, and overtook her with the bottle in her hand, and said to her, "I am glad I have caught the thief."

She replied that she had not stolen it, alluding to four other bottles that had been missed that day, and afterwards said, "This is the first I have taken."

Prisoner was then given into custody to Superintendent White, to whom she said, "I have nothing to say - I own I took it."

Remanded to the petty sessions.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 13 July 1867. Price 1d.


The half-yearly rent dinner of the Right Hon. Lord Sondes, Lord of the Manor of the Hundred of Faversham, took place on Thursday last at the “Ship Hotel.” Between fifty and sixty gentleman were present, and in the absence of Lord Sondes the chair was taken by Lieutenant Colonel the Hon. G. W. Milles. Mr. E. Hogben served the dinner in capital style.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 25 June 1870.


On Wednesday, whilst Hysted, the ostler at the "Ship Hotel," was harnessing a horse it commenced kicking, striking him first behind the ear and afterwards on the thigh. The injury inflected was serious, and Hysted was rendered insensible for several hours, but fortunately no bones were broken. He has since been under the care of Mr. Garraway and unable to resume his work.


From the Whitstable Times, 11 May, 1901.


The annual meeting of this Club was held at the hotel on Wednesday, afternoon, when Mr. J. G. Millen was re-elected chairman for the ensuing year, Mr. W. Murton was appointed Treasurer, and Mr. F. Shrubsole Secretary. A committee was also elected. It was decided that in future the rule, that no member be allowed to play on the green until he has paid his subscription, be enforced. The members, of whom there was a good attendance, then adjourned to the green and the season was opened.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 6 November, 1915.


Scullery-maid kept, good wages, comfortable home.

Mrs. Brean, "Ship Hotel," Faversham.



The "Ship," was in the 1980s the only Courage house in town and dates from the fifteenth century or earlier, and was a wine tavern in 1597. In 1819 the Duke and Duchess of Kent reputedly stayed a night at the inn, the Duchess then being heavily pregnant with the future Queen Victoria.

According to the Lost Pubs Project this pub closed in the late 1990s and is now operating as a collection of retail premises on the ground floor and flats above, the ceilings of which have been described as some of the finest examples of Elizabethan. The stabling block at the rear now being converted into housing named Beddington Square.



LEDGOODE Giles 1597 (Inhabitant) (Faversham Corporation Wardmote Book)

MALKIN Timothy Joseph 1774+

BONCEY Charles 1775-79+ Kentish Gazette

PAYNE Stapleton 1789-95+

WINCH Richard 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

JENNINGS Henry 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HADLOW Mary 1840-41+ (age 40 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

Last pub licensee had ROGERS John 1844+

HODGES John 1855-June/56 Post Office Directory 1855

PAWLEY Edwin June/1856-62+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

HOGBEN Edward 1871-88+ (Hotel Keeper and Postmaster age 45 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Swinock's Faversham Directory

LILLY Frederick Adolphus 1903 Next pub licensee had Kelly's 1903

BREAN Mrs 1916+ Whitstable Times


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

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

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

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

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Swinock's Faversham DirectorySwinock's Faversham Directory 1888

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


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