Page Updated:- Wednesday, 23 February, 2022.


Earliest 1828-


Open 2020+

12 Ospringe Street


01795 532408

Ship 1895

Above photo, circa 1895.

Ship Inn 1910

Above postcard, 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1911

Above postcard, 1911, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Crown."

Ship and Crown pre 1945

Above postcard shows the "Ship Inn" right, and the "Crown Inn," left. Date pre 1945.

Ship Inn 2012

Above photo, September 2012, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.


The "Ship" is seventeenth century, although its foundations may have formed part of the Maison Dieu hospital during the thirteenth century. There are traces of tunnels in the pub cellars, which probably led to the pilgrim's hostelry across the road.


Kentish Gazette, 23 September 1851.


On Monday evening, Thomas Arnold, labourer, and William Scott, rag and bone gatherer, were brought before T. Barnes, Esq., one of the Borough magistrates, charged with stealing four ducks, on the previous Saturday night, the property of Mr. Thomas Carr, miller, from a lodge belonging to his premises, situate on the Ospringe Road. It appeared that the thieves were disturbed in their operations by a person named Hart, who was returning home, and passing prosecutor’s premises, heard a suspicious noise, when he immediately alarmed Mr. Jones, landlord of the "Ship Inn," Ospringe, and they secured the prisoner, Arnold, with the ducks. Scott, who is better known by the name of Lankey escaped, but was apprehended in the course of the day by Peane, the constable of Oare. On searching the prosecutor’s duck-house, it was discovered that it had been broken open, and four ducks taken away; he now positively swore that the ducks produced were his property, and that he locked them up securely on Saturday night. On being called on for their defence, the prisoner Arnold, said he was led into it by Lankey, alias Scott, and that he had no hand in taking the ducks, and did not go near the lodge by some rods. Scott said he knew nothing at all about it, he was very drunk on Saturday night, and recollected nothing after 12 o’clock until Sunday morning, when he found himself in the "Brents," where he had been sleeping. The prisoners were both committed to take their trial at our next Quarter Sessions.


From the By Rebecca Tuffin, 24 August 2019.

13 Kent pub gardens to visit this summer bank holiday weekend.

With this bank holiday weekend set to one of hottest yet, many will be longing for an ice-cold pint in a sunny beer garden.

So we have found some of the best Kent has to offer.

Listed below are 13 of the county's finest spots to meet with friends and indulge in good food and drink.

The Ship Inn.

Ship Inn garden 2019

The Ship Inn garden.

According to the Secret Drinker, this is Kent’s best pub garden.

The immaculate outside space is well-kept, with lots of bright flowers and neatly-pruned shrubs.

With a little background music, fresh, simple food and friendly staff, Mr Drinker was very impressed and highly recommends.



SMITH James 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

JONES William 1851-61 (also wheelwright age 56 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

PACKER Edward 1861-81+ (also baker and miller age 46 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

STANLEY Edwin 1901-13+ (age 49 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913

LIGHTFOOT Albert H 1918-30+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

Last pub licensee had ROBINSON William Francis June/1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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