Sort file:- Sandgate, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest 1798

Ship Inn

Open 2019+

65 High Street


01303 248525

Ship 1968

Above photo 1968, kindly send by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn in Sandgate

Above photo date unknown.

Ship Inn sign 1990

Above sign 1990.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Built around 1798.

Reputed to house a ghost called "The Fish Lady," who is said to pester customers she doesn't care for. It is believed she is a former landlady, and as the pub used to also house a fishmongers, this tale is certainly plausible. Another ghost having been seen is a soldier in Victorian uniform.

It was along this street that supplies came in for the 1st Light infantry in the eighteenth century. In 1798, the troops were based at Shornecliffe Camp when John Hogben was landlord and a popular inn it was then. The camp had been built in 1794 in preparation for the Napoleonic Wars. The Ship was also as popular during the Crimean War when the British German Legion was raised and camped nearby. In the 1920s, under the landlord Henry Beer, it was described as The World Famous Ship Inn, Sandgate.

According to a former barman, the following tale has been taken from

"I used to work at the Ship Inn whenever Stewart would have a night off. On the particular night in question me and my fellow barperson – a girl called Nikki – had closed up and were cashing up the till. Above the till is a CCTV monitor that looks down the corridor towards the toilets. As Nikki and I were at the till I noticed someone on the CCTV standing just outside of the kitchen door. To be honest the image was not clear but Nikki confirmed that there was someone standing there. I asked Nikki to watch the CCTV as I went to investigate. Firstly I looked out of the bar door and noticed the corridor was empty – damn who ever it is has disappeared into the kitchen and to be honest with the amount of knives etc. in there I wasn't really looking forward to going in after them.

"Anyway, puffing out my chest and standing my full 5 foot 6 inches I proceeded down the corridor. As I approached the kitchen I prepared myself for the worst when I heard a scream coming from the bar. Worried that this intruder had somehow managed to nip into the back bar and was busy stealing Stewarts money or ravishing the barmaid I rushed to the bar where Nikki was standing as white as a – dare I say it… ghost – and I asked what was the trouble?

"With a huge tremor in her voice she said that she watched me on the CCTV monitor and apparently I walked straight through the person stood in the corridor!!! With that we left the pub… pretty quickly… Oh and I even left my house keys behind and had to wake Wendy the following morning at 6am so that I could get into my car and go to work!!!"


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 15 December 1807.


John Prebble respectfully announces to his friends and the public that he has taken the above inn; and trusts by attention and civility, joined with good accommodation and reasonable charges, that he shall merit and receive their future favours.

Neat wines and spirituous liquors.

Dinners dressed on the shortest notice.

Good stabling, with neat post chaises, able horses, and careful, drivers.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 25 November, 1848. Price 5d.


An inquest was held last week at the "Ship Hotel," Sandgate, upon the body of Mrs. T. B. Richardson, wife of the landlord of the above hotel, who expired after a few hours of illness on Saturday morning. The deceased was apparently well till nine o'clock on Friday evening, when she was suddenly seized in a fit, and Mr. Roscoe was immediately called in, but she never rallied, her death being attributed to apoplexy.

Verdict - "Died by the visitation of God."



They are now (2016) brewing their own beers under the brewery title of "Amazing Brewery Company."



HOGBEN John 1798+

PREBBLE John 1807+

ROBERTS Richard 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823

PIETY Richard 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MARSH Stephen 1830

PODEVINE Sarah 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839 (posting & commercial)

WORTHINGTON Henry 1837-43 (beer retailer & fishmonger)

ROBERTS Tabitha Walker 1843

RICHARDSON William 1847-48 Bagshaw's Directory 1847

LUCAS James 1851+ (age 48 in 1851Census)

BLENCOWE William 1851+ (age 45 in 1851Census)

HOGBEN John 1848-80?

WARD George Oct/1857-58 Folkestone Chronicle?

HOGBEN George 1880-81

RUSSELL Charles 1881-90 Next pub licensee had

MINTER Mr 1890+

MANLEY Sidney Ernest 1899+ Kelly's 1899 (beer retailer)

SHARMAN Frederick C 1901-13+ (age 28 in 1901Census)

SHARMAN Mr A F C 1914-18+

DAVIS D 1923+


BEER Henry 1927-30+

SHERWOOD Mr to 1930-32 dec'd

SHERROD/SHERWOOD Ethel D Mrs 1934-53+ Kelly's 1934 (beer retailer)

WARDEN George A Dec/1953-Apr/85

WHIFFIN Stewart Apr/1985-2/Mar/2020

CURRY Darren 2/Mar/2020+


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle


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