Page Updated:- Monday, 02 May, 2022.


Earliest 1828-


Latest ????

Ospringe Street


Crown 1907

Above postcard, circa 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1911

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

Ship and Crown pre 1945

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

Former Crown 2019

Above photo 2019, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


I have just added the pubs of Faversham and Ospringe after a visit to the hop festival in 2012.


South Eastern Gazette 10 May 1859.


Charles Spendiff, the landlord of the "Crown" at Ospringe, was charged with opening his house before half-past 12 on Sunday, the 3rd April. P.C. Johnson found fifteen persons drinking at six minutes past twelve. Defendant having been cautioned, was fined 3 and costs.


Dover Express, Friday 09 February 1906.


The Faversham County Bench of Magistrates gave notice at their meeting on Thursday that they should object to the renewal of the following licenses:- The "Dolphin", "Three Squirrels," the "Ship" ale houses at Boughton; the "Swan" ale house at Lynsted; the "Crown" ale house and the "Mayor's Arms" beer-houses at Ospringe; the "Rose" beer-house at Teynham; the "Scots Greys" beer house at Throwley; and the beer off-license held by Mr. Philpott at Davington.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 03 July, 1909.


Edward Knowler pleaded not guilty to maliciously wounding Solomon Peters with a beer glass at Ospringe.

Mr. R. F. Gibson appeared for the prosecution.

Solomon Peters, the prosecutor, gave a detailed account of the events of the night of May 1 so far as they related to the alleged assault. The prisoner was drunk and the barman had refused to serve him with further liquor. Prisoner tried to take prosecutor's glass of beer, and when prosecutor endeavoured to prevent him, he struck him in the face with the glass, breaking it. Prosecutor lost much blood. He was taken to the Cottage Hospital and 16 stitches were put in.

By the prisoner:- He had been playing darts with him.

By the Chairman:- He was not an intimate acquaintance of his.

By the prisoner:- We have drunk together.

By the Chairman:- We have worked together once. I was not drunk and did not fall on the glass.

Arthur Lloyd, "Crown Inn," Ospringe, said he was in charge in the absence of his father. Prisoner after wounding prosecutor with the glass hid himself and was eventually found by the police.

By the prisoner:- He did not see the striking.

Dr. Gange, of Faversham, gave evidence to the nature of the wounds. They healed in about a week or ten days. They were such as would be made by a broken glass.

By the prisoner:- It was my impression that Peters was drunk, or at any rate the worse for drink.

P.C. Bowchier deposed to finding the prisoner concealed in the pig-sty, and afterwards the glass on a heap.

Prisoner had put put in a written statement in which he said prosecutor was drunk and kicked him. He hid because they said they would kill him. Prisoner lay drunk like a bullock on the floor. He was sorry for what took place. It was all through drink. If it had not been for drink it would not have happened. His own arm was hurt and it was a fortnight before he could use it. He had been locked up for two months. If he were dealt with lightly he would sign the pledge.

The Chairman summed up against the prisoner, and the Jury found him guilty, but considered there had been provocation and recommended him to mercy.

Eleven previous convictions were proved.

The Chairman in passing sentence said that the prisoner had been two months in gaol already. Taking this into consideration, and the Jury's recommendation, he would now sentence him to one month’s hard labour.



HILLS William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

HILLS Francis 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SPENCLIFF/SPENDIFF Charles 1851+71+ (also painter age 32 in 1851Census)

SPENCLIFF/SPENDIFF Harriett Mrs 1874-82+ (widow age 60 in 1881Census)

FIELDING George 1891+ (age 39 in 1891Census)

GORDON William Thomas sen. 1891-1903+ (also cooper age 65 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

LLOYD Arthur 1909+ (age 48 in 1911Census)

BROADBRIDGE James 1911+ (age 62 in 1911Census)


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

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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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