Page Updated:- Thursday, 13 April, 2023.


Earliest 1830-


Closed 2019

Green Street Green Road

Green Street Green

01474 702279


Above photo, date unknown.

Ship 1933

Above postcard, circa 1933, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 2016

Above photo 2016.

Ship 2017

Above photo, kindly taken and sent by Ian Goodrick, August 2017.

Ship sign 1994

Above sign May 1994.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


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Thanks for your co-operation.


I am informed that the original building was Tudor in origin, but unfortunately burnt down, and rebuilt, dates as yet unknown.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 23 March 1830.

Horse Stealing.

Richard Christmas, 29, labourer, for stealing a gelding, the property of Ambrose Lettis.

This prisoner remained in gaol from the last Assizes, prosecutors name having been laid in the indictment as "Letter" by a mistake.

Mr. Erpinanse was Counsel for the prosecution.

Ambrose Lettis lived at Frindsbury. On the 30th September he missed a black gelding, and afterwards saw it at Mr. Okill's, at Dartford. It's been turned out on Hoo Common.

Harriet Hayes lived at the "Ship," Green Street Green. On the morning of the 30th, at 6 o'clock, prisoner came to the house for the black horse, which he put up, and came again at 8 in the evening. He had altered his dress, hat, waistcoat, and trousers.

Jon Jones, landlord of the "Ship," saw prisoner in the evening; he asked if a man had not left the horse there in the morning, and said, that the man had sent him to see how it got on. Witness called last witness, and asked her if she had seen the man before. She said, he was the man who left the horse in the morning; that made witness suspect he had stole it. Prisoner said, "I think the man told me to bring the horse home at Dartford." He also said, that the man had been at the "Eight Bells" all day. Witness then went for Okill.

Cross examined by Mr. Dunbar:- Witness did not see the man in the morning.

William Lucas Pearce, High Constable of Dartford, proved the distance from Hoo Common to Green Street Green, to be between 14 and 15 miles.

Death. Recorded.


William Edward Turner 1931

Above photo showing licensee William Edwin Turner in South Africa circa 1931. Kindly sent by Mike Shipton.


I am informed that of August 2018 the pub was under sale for an asking price of 70,000. Latest news is that it closed in 2019, probably another casualty of covid.


From the By Alex Langridge, 20 February 2023.

Plans submitted to reopen The Ship pub in Darenth and build houses.

Plans to reopen a boarded up pub, which shut four years ago, have been drawn up – along with proposals to build houses next door. Private company Llamedos Properties has submitted the proposals to Dartford council to partially redevelop The Ship, in Darenth.

Ship 2023

Plans have been submitted to Dartford council about the vacant site.

The boozer, in Green Street Green Road, shut in August 2019 and has been empty ever since.

It had a main bar area which could seat up to 30 people and additional floorspace which used to be a rear bar, staff room and restaurant.

The first floor had a kitchen, lounge, double bedroom, office and bathroom, and there were two double bedrooms in the roof space.

The site also had a basement which was used as storage, and seven outbuildings.

Llamedos Properties has now submitted plans to redevelop the site but says it will keep the ground floor of the building as a public house, if approved.

It also wants to demolish the two extensions built on the side and rear of the former pub and all of the outbuildings to make way for housing.

Road leading to the Ship 2023

The road leading to The Ship in Darenth.

It hopes to convert the upper floor into two one-bedroom flats and build two five-bed houses and one three-bed bungalow, all with basement space.

Two car parking spaces for each property, one for each flat with another for visitors and two for the pub, have also been added into the plans.

According to the planning documents, the applicant believes the development is "entirely acceptable given the retention of the community building and its re-use at the ground floor."

It added: "It also proposes a better use of the upper floors and offers a more viable comparison to the re-use of the vast poorly designed extensions and outbuildings that currently exist.

"It is considered that the benefits of partially re-developing this site vastly outweigh the dis-benefits, of which the applicant says there are none."

The Dartford-based company has applied for "an infill" development as it hopes to make better use of the land.

Ship 2023

The Ship has been shut since 2019.

If approved, it intends to reopen the pub on the ground floor with a new terrace area to serve drinks, light snacks and sandwiches.

It will also allow the space to be hired out to the community but not for entertainment purposes.

A decision is expected on the planning application by Tuesday, March 28.



JONES John 1830+

LUDLOW John 1858+

TREADWELL John 1862+

GARDNER/GARDINER Thomas 1874-76+ Next pub licensee had

LAWRENCE George 1881-82+ (age 48 in 1841Census)

WALLACE Frederick 1891+

TONG Josiah 1903+ Kelly's 1903

REYNOLDS George Spencer 1913-18+

ELLIS Edwin William 1922-30+

TURNER Harry 1934-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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