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Earliest 1836-

Steam Packet

Latest 1862+

(Name to)

North Lane



Number 8 North Lane used to be the "Golden Ball" public house and this has been traced from between 1874 and 1889. This pub I have so far traced from between 1840 and 1862, so the two do not overlap.

Along North Lane is a Passage called Steam Packet Passage which is very close to number 8 North lane. It may be that this pub changed name to the "Golden Ball." With so many other pubs in this street, I am going to assume that it did, but do not have the evidence yet.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 10 December 1836.

Dec 5th at the "Steam Packet," North Lane, Canterbury James Ibblethite, well known in this county as a vendor in earthenware, in his 36th year.


From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 3 September, 1859. Price 1d.


Present:- the Mayor. Alderman Brent, Masters, and Plummer, Capt. Love, Thomas Philpott, K. Holttum, W Mount, and W. Brock, Esqs.

This was a special session for the granting of the licenses to the victuallers residing within the city and boundary. The whole of the old licenses were renewed with scarcely an observation, with the exception of that of the “Steam Packet,” in North Lane, which was withheld for the present.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 18 February, 1860.

(Before William Mount, Esq., Captain Love, and T. Philpott, Esq.)

Francis Brooks, who stated that he came from Sussex, was brought up in custody, charged with stealing a blanket, the property of Mr. Richard Yeomans, the landlord of the "Steam Packet" beer house, in North-lane, on the previous evening.

The prisoner admitted the theft, and wished the case to be dealt with summarily. He said he had served thirteen years and a half in the 96th regiment, and had never been before a magistrate till that occasion.

Mr. Mount hoped he would be more careful in future about taking property which was not his own. As the Bench did not know anything to the contrary of what the prisoner had related respecting his previous character, they would not deal severely with the case. He would be committed to the City gaol for a month, with hard labour.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 25 February, 1860.


Henry Dyer, labourer, Samuel Davis, labourer and Jane Ross, single-woman, were charged with stealing ten half-crowns, and a crown piece, the property of William Tanner.

The prosecutor said he had been lodging at the "Steam Packet." When he retired to bed on Friday night the money was safe in his pocket, but when he got up in the morning he found the pocket had been cut off, and together with the contents taken away. He gave information to the police, and the prisoners who also lodged at the "Steam Packet", were apprehended on suspicion. No trace having been found of the money, and the evidence in no way implicating the prisoners, they were discharged.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 February, 1861.

Charles Plakington and John Harvey were charged with having stolen a saw of the value of 2s.

William Lee, of Ivy Lane, said:— I left the saw at Mrs. Goodenron’s at the White Mill, when I went to kill some pigs. From information I received, I missed the saw on Tuesday morning.

Sarah Sprent, servant at the "Steam Packet," North-lane, said:— On Monday afternoon, between two and three o’clock, the two prisoners, and another soldier, came to the house. One of them had the saw now produced. He asked me to buy it. I took it to my mistress, but she would not have it. They then went away. Between seven and eight I went into the washhouse and there found the saw. I gave it to the police-constable who afterwards called about it.

Harvey sentenced to 14 days’, to commence at the expiration of his previous sentence; and Plakington to one month.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 20 April, 1861.

George Tomkinson, labourer, was charged with stealing a quantity of beef and suet, the property of James Field, butcher, Northgate. Mr. Field stated that, on Saturday he weighed up 371bs. of beef and suet and sent it to the “Queen’s Head Inn,” to be forwarded by a carrier to a customer of his at Chilham. He afterwards ascertained that the beef had been taken away. He identified the beef produced as a portion of that which he weighed up.

It was proved by other witnesses that on Saturday afternoon the prisoner took the beef to the “Steam Packet” public-house. North-lane, where he had been lodging, and where the prisoner was apprehended on Saturday night.

The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

There was a second charge against the prisoner of stealing a bullock's head and a quantity of meat, the property of James Gammon, from a cart in the “Sun Inn” yard on the same day. This case was very similar to the above, and the prisoner was also committed for trial upon the second charge.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 1 March, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.

James Russell was charged with stealing deal boards, the properly of Mr. Sabine, from his yard in Westgate-without.

Mr. Sabine identified one of the boards produced as his property, and its value was 2s. 6d.

P.C. Andrews said that about twelve o'clock on Saturday he was told that a man answering the description of the prisoner had taken some boards to the “Steam-packet” public-house, North-lane. He went there and found three deal boards and several small pieces in the nine pin alley. The prisoner was then in bed, but he was called up, and as he could not give a satisfactory account of how he became possessed of the boards he was taken into custody. One of the boards found in the nine-pin alley was identified by Mr. Sabine as his property.

The prisoner said he admitted taking the boards. He had a wife and four children, and he took the boards for the purpose of getting something for them to cut as he was out of work.

Sentenced to 21 days’ imprisonment in the city gaol.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 22 June 1867. Price 1d.


Thomas Steeting and William Streeting, father and son, and Mary Ann Shaw, were charged with stealing three quarts of rum, the property of Thomas Drew, landlord of the “Steam Packet,” North Lane.

The prosecutor stated that on Wednesday afternoon, he made arrangements with the male defendants to take his things from a booth in the cricket ground to his house in North-lane. Amongst the articles was a jar containing rum. When the defendants arrived at his house, prosecutor noticed that they were intoxicated; and one of the bottles of spirits was three quarts deficient. The female prisoner said she had taken the rum, and the other bottle that was missing. Prosecutor would not like to swear they were drunk. He did not employ the female prisoner at all.

P.C. Epps:- At about half-past 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening, the prosecutor came to the station-house, and said he had been robbed of some rum - about two or three quarts. I then went down with him to his house, and waited there about twenty minutes, till the defendants came back again. They went from prosecutor's house to the cricket ground seven or eight times. After they had come in, Mr. Drew gave them into my custody on the charge of stealing three quarto of rum. The woman was with them, and said she hoped I should not take the prisoners to the station-house. I told her I was compelled to take them. I then went to Thomas Streeting's house, and found the missing bottle in a closet.

Cross-examined by Mr. Delasaux, for the prisoners. - Streeting did not go to his house with me. The female prisoner said the other prisoners knew nothing about the rum, and that she had taken it herself. I asked the male prisoners if they had stolen, the gin, and they replied that they knew nothing about it.

All three of the prisoners were committed to take their trial at the Quarter Sessions.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 6 July 1867. Price 1d.


Thomas Streeton, William Streeton, and Mary Ann Shaw, were charged with stealing three quarts of rum, value 10s., the property of Richard Drew, landlord of the “Steam Packet,” North Lane, on the 12th of June.

Mr. Biron prosecuted, and Mr. Barrow defended the prisoners.

The two male prisoners were discharged; and the female prisoner, Mary Ann Shaw, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two weeks in the city gaol.



ALLAN Charles 1838+ Stapletons Guide

KILNER George 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

WHITTINGTON Benjamin 1858+ Melville's 1858

YEOMANS Richard 1860+

HILLS Charles 1861-62+ (age 33 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

DREW Thomas 1867+ Whitstable Times


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

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

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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