Page Updated:- Friday, 22 October, 2021.


Earliest 1696-


Closed 1921

71 The Street

Boughton Under Blean

Ship Cottages

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

Ship 1910

Above photo 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Dolphin 2009

Above Google image, July 2009.

Ship 2016

Above photo 2016, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Ship 2016

Above photo 2016, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Ship 2016

Above photo 2016, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Boughton map 1896

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.


I am informed by David Swaffer who tells me he was born in the house in 1937 and lived there till 1960. The pub was sold into private ownership in 1921 and his grand parents were the first tenants when it was divided into two halves, Thomas Rodgers who was the last landlord lived in the other half also as a tenant. The pub was closed in 1921 but was not actually sold until 1926. The premises is know (2018) known as "Ship House."


Kentish Gazette 11 January 1876.


William Foreman and Rilo Rook, labourers, were summoned for assaulting William Branchett, labourer, on Christmas Eve.

This was a peculiar case, the complainant stating that he was coming out of the "Ship Inn," Boughton, at eleven o'clock at night, when, without any words, the defendants assaulted him, knocking him down four times, and Foreman kicked him. Corroborating evidence was given by three witnesses.

The defence was then taken. The defendants are son-in-law of the landlord, and Foreman stated that a disturbance arose in the house and they could not get the place clear. Branchett hit him and he struck him in return.

Rook said that in clearing the house he pushed complainant down the stairs.

James Butcher and James Rice were called for the defendants, but their evidence, while it showed that there had been a general melee in the darkness, failed to disprove or contradict complainant's case.

The defendants were convicted.

Foreman was fined 3 5s. 3d. and Rook 1 15s. 3d., costs included in each case.


From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 6 October, 1906.


Mr. Mercer applied for the renewal of these licences, and Mr. Hohler appeared on behalf of the Licensing Justices.

Police-Sergeant Hendy stated that he was stationed at Boughton for two years. The "Three Squirrels" and the "Ship" were situated in Boughton Street. There were other licensed houses in close proximity and he did not think there was any need for so many. The accommodation at the "Squirrel's" was not good and there had been several transfers during the past few years. There was very good accommodation at the "Ship," but it was not so good as at the "Queen's Head." Witness did not think 7 licensed houses were necessary in Boughton Street.

In answer to Mr. Mercer, witness said both houses belonged to Messrs. Flint. The length of the village was nearly a mile. The "Three Squirrels" was a well conducted house, and the tenants had been in the house over 4 years. The tenant of the "Ship" had also been in for four or five years.

Mr. Mercer pointed out that in Boughton Messrs. Flint were the only brewers whose houses had been reported to the Committee. Although other brewers had licensed houses in Boughton the Justices of taking no notice of them. He (Mr. Mercer) remembered when he was a young man it was quite a common thing for fights take place in Boughton, and during the hopping season extra police had to be brought into the District but that was all stopped now and the place had quite quietened down.

William Gower, tenant of the "Three Squirrels," stated he averaged 110 barrels of beer a year, 54 gallons of spirit, and 420 dozens of minerals. His customers were the working class people of the district. His rent was paid up.

John Chambers, grocer, of Boughton, stated that he had known the "Three Squirrels" for the past 20 years. Since the present tenant had been in the house it had been well conducted. Witness had never heard anyone say he thought the house should be done away with. The sobriety of Boughton had greatly improved during the past few years.

Walter Miles, miller of Boughton, stated that he had known the "Three Squirrels" for many years. It was a well conducted house and he thought it was required.

William Harvey, tenant of the "Ship," was next called, and stated that he average 154 barrels of beer a year, 55 gallons of spirits, and 1,020 dozen of minerals.

In reply to Mr. Hohler, witness said he thought 7 licensed houses were necessary for the wants of Boughton.

Mr. Plumber, farmer, of Boughton stated that he thought the "Ship" was necessary. He also thought seven houses were required if they all got a decent living. The opinion in Boughton was that a licence of the "Ship" should be renewed.

Mr. Forman, who lives next door to the "Ship," also gave it a good character. He said the house was very well conducted and he hoped it would not be done away with for his own convenience.

The Committee granted the renewal of a licence of the "Ship," but not that of the "Three Squirrels."


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.



William Harvey was the son of Edward who was licensee of the "Compasses Inn" in Crundale, and sadly died at this pub in 1911.



BAKER Thankful to Sept/1696 dec'd

COULTARD John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

JUDGES Isaac 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CULVER Edward 1851-58+ (age 57 in 1851Census)

FOREMAN Elijah 1862+

HADLOW William 1881-82+ (also dealer age 48 in 1881Census)

HARRISON Winder 1891+ (age 28 in 1891Census)

CARTER John Frederick 1902-03 Kelly's 1903

HARVEY William 1903-13+ Kelly's 1913

RODGERS Thomas to 1921


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

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913


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