Page Updated:- Saturday, 14 March, 2020.


Earliest 1802


Open 2019+

Conyer's Quay


01795 520881

Ship 1960s

Above photo 1860s. Kindly sent by Glynn.

Above photo showing the Ship on the left, date unknown.

Ship 1914

Above postcard circa 1914, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1950s

Above postcard, circa 1934. On the left is a shop, on the right the Wash Backs, remains of the German cement works. Kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship 1934

Above photo, 1934, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Above photo, 1934, just showing behind the buildings, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship 1934

Above photo, 1934, the brickfield chimney is showing behind the pub, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Ship date unknown

Photo date unknown from by John Law.

Ship Inn

Above photo showing the "Ship Inn" 2013.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


Following information taken from their web site.


The original pub building was a Baker's shop built in 1642 with a Blacksmiths alongside. This was owned by a Stephen Blaxland and in 1802 he successfully applied for an alehouse license and called that part of the building The Ship. The other half continued as a Bakery until 1831 when Sarah Beacon, a widow who had inherited The Ship bought out the Bakery and was granted a full license for the house. Her son William took over in 1853 and changed the name to The Ship Endeavour and the pub traded under that name until 1876. In that year he sold it to a Canterbury brewer called George Beer of the Star Brewery in Broad Street, who changed the name back to The Ship.



The pub changed name some time before 2006 to the "Ship and Smugglers" only to revert back to the "Ship" again after 2006.



BLAXLAND Stephen 1802+

BEACON Sarah 1831-47+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

PIERCE John 1851+ (age 46 in 1851Census)

BEACON William John 1853-61+ Post Office Directory 1855Post Office Directory 1861 (Ship Endeavour) (age 39 in 1861Census)

BACON W 1869-70

BACON Sarah Ann Jane 1870-71+ (age 43 in 1871Census) (Ship Endeavour)

FROST Ebenezer 1874-91 Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1891 (Ship Endeavour) (age 48 in 1881Census)

MATSON John 1899+ Kelly's 1899

MITSON Mrs 1901-03+ (age 51 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903

TRICE Stephen 1911 (age 44 in 1911Census)

TRICE Mrs Emma 1911-13+ (age 47 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

TRICE Stephen 1918-30+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

FOSTER Edward William 1934+ Kelly's 1934

GOLDING Ernest H 1938-39+ (age 60 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Post Office Directory 1861From the Post Office Directory 1861

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office 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

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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