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South Eastern Tavern

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Harbour Street (3 Ludgate Hill 1889)


South Eastern Tavern

Above photo, date unknown, by Douglas West. The pub is on the right of the picture and on the left is the Harbour gate.

South Easter Railway Tavern 1950s

Above photo taken from the harbour in the 1950s. The pub is on the left of the photo.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 2 May, 1863.


Marsh Harrison, landlord of the “South Eastern Railway Hotel,” Whitstable, was charged with an offence against the customs law under the following peculiar circumstances:-

It appeared, from the statement of Mr. Phillips, an officer of Customs, and the explanation of the circumstance given by the accused, that on the previous day, the captain of a vessel called the “Sarah” arrived in the harbour laden with Caen stone. It was the first time the captain of the vessel had ever been at Whitstable. The captain went to the house kept by the defendant, and called for some refreshments, with which he was served by the defendant’s wife. In the course of conversation with the defendant, he said he had a bottle of cherry brandy on board, which he would make a present of for his wife, if the defendant would accept of it. The defendant expressed his willingness to do so, and accompanied the captain on board the Sarah, for the purpose of getting the cherry brandy, and he returned on shore with the bottle in his hand, and his hand in his coat pocket. The arm either holding or steadying the bottle. The customs officer observed the transaction, and, as was his duty, took possession of the bottle, and its contents, and the defendant now appeared to answer the charge. Mr. Phillips added he could do no other than take the present proceedings, though he did not believe the defendant had any intention of committing any offence. When the vessel was examined, the captain reported that he had a bottle of cherry brandy on board as stores.

The Bench were divided in opinion on the matter, the chairman (Mr Delmar) and Mr. Mackay considered that while they felt that the defendant had no intention of doing wrong, still they were bound to convict. Mr. Plummer and Mr. Neame did not think they were obliged to convict, the latter remarking that it was well known that a bottle of brandy or other spirits was often brought on shore by captains of vessels for their own private use and no notice was taken of it by the coastguard.

The Chairman said that might be, but if one person did wrong, that was no reason why others should do the same.

After some consultation, the Chairman inquired if the case could not be referred to the officers of the Board of Inland Revenue.

Mr. Phillips was satisfied that no notice would be taken of such a trifling case as the one then under consideration.

The Bench, however, determined to adopt that course, it being understood that a letter would be addressed to the Board of Inland Revenue, stating that the Bench were of opinion that the case was proved, but that the magistrates considered it of too trifling a nature to inflict any penalty, unless they were pressed to impose one by the customs authorities.


Kentish Gazette, 27 June 1865.

WHITSTABLE. Death by Drowning.

Yesterday Mr. Coroner Delasaux and a respectable jury held an inquest, at the "South Eastern Railway Hotel," on the body of William Austin Tomlin, aged 14 years, who was drowned while bathing on Sunday afternoon. The only witness examined was William Harrison, mariner, who deposed that about half past 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon he saw the deceased and four or five other boys bathing in the sea. Shortly afterwards the deceased was missing, and several of the boys said he was drowned. A boat was put off and a search was instituted for the body which was not recovered till it had been in the water two hours.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."


From the Whitstable Times, 2 March 1867. Price 1d.


James Berry and Mark Berry, hawkers, were charged by P.C. S. Bates with having been drunk and riotous in a public street, is the parish of Whitstable, on Saturday afternoon last. The constable found the two prisoners, father and son, fighting is the street, stripped of a portion of their garments.

They were fined 5s. and 7s. 8d. costs each.


Both the above prisoners were again charged with committing wilful damage, to the amount of 15s, at the “South-Eastern Railway Hotel,” on the same day and place, the property of Mr. Robert Fearne. The prisoners entered the house drunk and quarrelsome, and were ordered by the landlady to leave. They refused to do so, and, on the landlady calling for assistance, they broke the bannisters and the ground glass panels of the door. The case was proved, and they were each fined 2s. 6d., damage 7s. 6d, and 2s. 6d. costs.


The railway nearby at Whitstable Harbour was owned by SER.

As time allows and I find or are sent further information or pictures regarding this pub I will be adding further information to this page. I am certainly interested in any old photographs you may have, or information regarding licensees names and years of service.

If anything is incorrect on these pages, please let me know. Your help is appreciated.



HARRISON Marsh 1863+

FEARNE Robert 1867+ (only mariner age 29 in 1851Census)

CLARKE Robert 1871+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

CROW James 1874+

BLYTH Rachel Mrs 1881-82+ (widow age 40 in 1881Census)

MILLS George Henry 1889-91

SHANE Frederick 1891+ (age 43 in 1891Census)

BUCK/BUSH Edwin 1901+ (age 35 in 1901Census)

BLAXLAND Edwin 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BOOKER Alfred Edward 1911+ (age 40 in 1911Census)

FARAM John 1913-22+

AMBROSE James P 1924+ Kelly's 1924



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924


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