Page Updated ASH (Canterbury):- Wednesday, 25 August, 2021.


Earliest 1740-

Ship Inn

Latest 1974+



Ship 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1941

Above photo, circa 1941, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship at Ash, date unknown

Above picture shows the Ship at Ash, circa 1875, and below the same building today, 11 September, 2010.

The shop shown on the right was owned by Stephen Solley who described himself as a grocer and baker, established 1812, and he also displayed hardware in his window. A Charles Henry Solley took on the pub as licensee in February 1931, it is unknown whether they were related.

Ship Inn, Ash, 2010

Just inside the arch to the left of the picture there is still a door on the right that shows the glass panel and door to the private bar. See below.

Ship Inn at Ah, door 2010
Ship Inn 1925

Above photo 1925, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn card 1951

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 32.

Ash map 1896

Above map 1896.

Former Ship 2018

Above photo, kindly taken by Rory Kehoe, May 2018.


Earliest reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list, which shows the "Ship" to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in 1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740.

John Wallis tells me that there was a hall there identified as early as 1410. He also saw that the pub was haunted which made "growing up there very odd."

In 1755 it was used to billet soldiers, along with the other pubs in the area.

The pub was sold along with another 11 public houses in neighbouring villages in 1826 for the sum of 750. It is not yet known who sold the pub or who purchased it.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d


On Monday the 9th Day of August next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon, at Mr. Tilley's, the Sign of the “Ship,” at Ash, next Sandwich, in the County of Kent, Several Freehold Estates, in the following lots:-

Lot I. A piece of Hop-Ground, containing, by estimation, Four Acres, more or less, lying and being at or near a certain Place called New Street, in the parish of Ash next Sandwich, in the County of Kent, now in the Occupation or Mr. Joseph Stewart, or his Assigns.

Lot II. A Messuage, with the Outhouses, Yard, garden, backside, and three Quarters of an Acre of Land, more or less, with the Appurtenances, situate, lying and being in Ash Street, in the said Parish of Ash, now in the Occupation of Mr. William Brandford or his Assigns.

Lot III. A Messuage, with the Outhouses, Yars, garden, Backside, and half and Acre of land, more or less, with the Appurtenances, situate, lying and being at or near a certain Place called Cooper Street, in the said Parish of Ash, now in the Occupation of Mr. Edward Marshall, or his assigns.

Lot IV. An individual Moiety or Half part of a messuage, Called Durlocks, with the Outhouse, Yard, Garden, Backside, and Two Acres of Land, more or less, with the Appurtenances, situate, lying and being in the said Parish of Ash, now in the Occupation of Mr. John Stonnard, or his Assigns.

For Particulars, enquire of Mr. John Horn at Mrs. Tilley's, the “Ship” at Ash. Conditions of Sale may be seen, by applying to William Long and John Cumming, Attornies at Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette, 13 April, 1774.

This is to acquaint all lovers of Polyanthuses, that on Thursday next 21st of April instant, will be the Annual Polyanthus Feast, at Mr. Beer's, at the "Ship," at Ash; when the best Flower will be entitled to Ten Shillings and Sixpence; the second best to Seven Shillings and Sixpence; the third best to Five Shillings.

No person to be entered to a prizes, unless he has subscribed one-month before the Feast Day; or non subscribers double on the said day before 1 o'clock, and to be governed by the articles which will be produced on the Feast Day for that purpose.

Dinner on table at 1 o'clock.

"Ship," Ash, April 15, 1774. James Beer.


Sussex Advertiser 20 February 1826.

At the sale of the public houses and other estates, situate in the eastern parts of the County of Kent, which took place at the "Bell Inn," Sandwich, on Monday last, Messrs. Pott and Denne knocked down the following lots, at the sums affixed to them, viz.:—

The "Bull," at Eastry, 1,190.

"Three Colts," Tilmanstone, 500.

"White Horse," Eythorne, 575.

"Red Lion," Frogham, 455.

"Rose and Crown," Womenswould, 166.

"Duke of Cumberland," Barham, 910.

"Charity," Woodnesborough, 710.

"Three Crowns," Goodnestone, 620.

"Admiral Harvey," Ramsgate, 1,150.

"Ship," Ramsgate, 1,250.

"Red Lion," St. Peters, 1,100.

"Crown and Thistle," St. Peters, 705.

"Crown, or Halfway-house," Sarr, 940.

"King's Head," Walmer Road, 425.

The "Duke of York," Walmer Road, 310.

The sale-room was most numerously attended.

We understand that the "Ship," at Ash, and "Crispin," at Worth, have since been sold by private contract, the former for 750, and the latter for five hundred guineas.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 February 1839.


Mr. Baker's house-warming dinner, at the "Ship Inn," took place on Thursday se’nnight, and was attended by a respectable assemblage of the gentry and tradesmen of the village. Mr. Wootton, of Guilton town, acted as Chairman, supported by Mr. Solley, as deputy. The dinner consisted both of delicacies and substantiate, and was in every respect excellent, and reflects great credit on the taste and tact of the new landlord.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.

Ash, Near Wingham.

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

A dinner was given to the school children, and a ball took place at the "Ship Inn," which was very respectably attended. The arrangements throughout afforded great satisfaction.


Kentish Gazette, 12 September 1854.

The following cases were proved by Superintendent Stokes:—

Elias Culver, of the "Ship," Ash, victualler, was fined 5s. and 13s. 6d. coats, for having his house open for the sale of beer, (otherwise than for the refreshment of travellers,) at half-past five o'clock on Sunday afternoon, the 20th August.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.


This being the annual licensing day, the landlords of the various inns within this district were in attendance to get their licenses renewed. No opposition was offered in any case, but Supt. Stokes reminded the magistrates that Mr. Turnstone, of the “Ship Inn,” at Ash, and Mr. Sayer, of the “Swan,” Preston, had during the year been fined for keeping open their houses during prohibited hours. Both were cautioned by the magistrates, but with the other applicants had their licenses renewed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 2 March, 1877. Price 1d.


John Bax, publican, Ash, was fined 10s. and 8s. costs for having deficient measures.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 13 September 1884.


Before F. Philips, Esq., (chairman), Major Lawes, and W. O. Hammond, Esq.

This being the annual licensing day the following reports were received respecting the various districts in the division.

Superintendent Kewell stated:— Appended hereto is a list of Alehouses, beerhouses, and grocers within that part of the division, under my superintendence, and I beg respectfully to report that with two exceptions they have been well conducted during the past year. The exceptions are: the "Ship Inn," Ash, kept by Alfred Wilkinson, who was fined 2 and costs on the 18th May, 1884, for permitting drunkenness; his license was also endorsed. The owners of this house promptly got rid of Wilkinson, and a temporary authority to draw was granted to Walter Thomas Gifford, who has conducted it very satisfactorily.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 16 January 1886.


Walter Jefford, landlord of the "Ship Inn," Ash, was charged with selling a mixture of gin, which was also below the lawful standard. Defendant said that sweetened gin could not be tested with accuracy by the hydrometer. He sold a very small quantity and he attributed the diminution of strength to evaporation. He was fined 25s., with costs 4s. 3d.


Portsmouth Evening News 19 September 1890.


Great interest has been created in the County of Kent by the course taken by the Magistrates a few days ago at Broadstairs in extinguishing the license of a public-house. Yesterday, the County Magistrates, sitting at Dover, extinguished another license - that of the "Ship Inn," at Ash, near Sandwich- the reason alleged being complaints of the conduct of the house.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10 October, 1890.



The “Ship Inn” case was called on, but no one was instructed to support the decision of the Bench. Mr. Glynn instructed by Messrs. Mowll and Mowll called formal evidence in support of the appeal and the appeal was allowed.


From the Dover Express, Friday 30 November, 1934.


The death occurred on Thursday morning of Mr. Arthur Henry Palmer, licensee of the "Ship Inn," at the age of 62 years.

Mr. Palmer, who came to Ash a few months ago, had been in failing health for some time. He was formerly at the "Coach and Horses," Hacklinge. He leaves a widow and one son. The funeral takes place at Ash, on Saturday.


This extract is from the book "Inns of Kent", Whitbread & Co. Ltd., published 1948:-

[...] The present road follows the line of the old Roman road through Ash (where "The Ship Inn" lies cheek by jowl with the village church), leaving the ruins of Roman Richborough Castle on the left, until Sandwich is entered. [...]




BAX John 1740+ Wingham Ale Licences 1740

TILLEY Mrs 1768+

BEER James 1774+ Kentish Gazette

NOBLE 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CULVER James 1832-39 Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

BAKER John 1839-41 (age 40 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

STILL Adam John 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

DAVIS John 1851+ (age 28 in 1851Census)

CULVER Elias 1854+

ROSSITER William 1858 Melville's 1858

TURNSTONE 1863+ Kentish Chronicle

BEANY George 1871+ (age 45 in 1871Census)

RALPH John jun. 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

BAX John 1877+ Dover Express

WINCHESTER Henry William 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

WILKINSON Alfred 1884

GIFFORD/JEFFORD Walter Thomas 1884-86+ Canterbury Journal

GIBBS Herbert 1899-1901+ (age 29 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899

MILES Arthur 1903+ Kelly's 1903

DUNSTER Frederick 1911-22+ (age 48 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

DENISTER? Mrs 1914 Post Office Directory 1914

HENRY H W to Nov/1928 Dover Express

CARTER Lionel John Nov/1929-Jan/31 Next pub licensee had Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1930Deal Mercury

SOLLEY Charles Henry Feb/1931-Mar/33 Deal MercuryDover Express

BELCOMBE Arthur Pennington Mar/1933-34+ Dover ExpressKelly's 1934

Last pub licensee had PALMER Arthur Henry Sept-Nov/1934 dec'd

PALMER Rose Nov/1934-Dec/35 Dover Express

LOCK Mr R J Dec/1935-May/37 Dover Express

BATEMAN Joseph George May/1937-1938+ Post Office Directory 1938Dover Express

CHAMP Mr H dec'd to Apr/1941 Dover Express

HOGBEN Mr T Apr/1941+ Dover Express

BATEMAN Joseph G 1941-Feb/1954 Dover Express

WEST Roy R Feb/1954+ Dover Express

WALLIS William R 1974+ Library archives 1974 Fremlins


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

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

Wingham Ale Licences 1740From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury

Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle

Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette


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