Sort file:- Sandwich, February, 2024.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 08 February, 2024.


Earliest 1661-


Latest 1970

The Quay (Knightrider Street 1901Census)


Ship Inn 1900

Ship Inn, circa 1900.

Ship 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship 1910

Above photo, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Robert Audley.

Ship Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Ship 1930

Above postcard, 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ship Inn

Above photo date unknown.

Ship, Sandwich

Photo by David Mills.


Trading from 1661. Next to the Fishergate that was built in 1304, there was a public house called The Ship in this area, it has been suggested that it has also been known as the "Admiral Rodney" in the 18th century, but this has recently been doubted for reasons shown on that page.

It appears to have been tied to a brewery owned by the prominent Sandwich family, the Wyborns to 1822. In 1764 William Wyborn, brewer, died and his business was left to his daughter Mary, who had married John Bradley. Their son, William Wyborn Bradley was born in 1752 William being described as "common brewer of Sandwich." William was elected Mayor Sandwich in 1785 and died in 1788. The Sandwich brewery and its tied estate of 27 pubs was eventually put up for "sale by private contract" by William's son (also called William Wyborn Bradley, born 1779) as advertised in the Kentish Gazette on 10th May 1822.

It is now a private house.


South Eastern Gazette 20 June 1837.


June 7, at the "Ship Inn," Sandwich, after a few days illness, of influenza, Mr. Charles Turner, shipwright, of Deal, aged 70.


South Eastern Gazette 07 September 1858.


On the 29th ult., Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. John Shaxby, "Ship Inn," Sandwich, aged 48 years, deeply and sincerely regretted.


From the Dover Express, 1st May, 1970

Publican prosecuted for selling short measures of whisky

The landlord of a Sandwich public house described a Weights and Measures Inspector as a 'magician' at Wingham Magistrates' Court at Sandwich.

Edward Copus, of the "Ship," Sandwich had pleaded not guilty to three charges of selling short measures of whisky.

He was found not guilty on the first charge, but guilt on the second two, and fined a total of 10 and ordered to pay six guineas costs.

Inspector Mr. Michael Farrant told the court of the day he went to the "Ship" with two assistants and asked for three VAT 69 whiskies.

The three were measured out and poured into the glasses. Mr Farrant then revealed his true identity, and said he intended to measure the amounts sold in a measure.

The first measured 0.76 fluid ounces, the second was 0.73 fluid ounces and the third 0.79 fluid ounces. They all should have been 0.84 fluid ounces.

Cross-examining Mr. Farrant Copus asked him if any whisky  would have been left in the glasses, and on the top and the side of the measure. Mr. Farrant agreed that there would be some, but that it would be a very small amount.

"I agree that it would be a small amount," said Copus. "But we are dealing with small amounts."

Asked if what he measured was the same amount as that which he was sold, Mr. Farrant replied "Yes."

"You admit there is some left in the glass and that there is some left in the measure. Yet you say that this was the exact measure you were sold."

"You are a magician, Mr. Farrant," said Copus.

Copus, who has held a publican's license for 40 years said that the amounts left in the glass and on the measure might account for the shortage in the first glass, but couldn't say why the second and third glasses were short.

"I was using a thimble measure stamped by the Government as being correct," he said.

Chairman of the bench Mr. Frank Rose, announcing the fines said: "We would like to say that we are quite sure that this was a mistake and nothing intended.


From the Dover Express, 1st May, 1970


Ship Inn, Sandwich

The "Ship Inn", on Sandwich Quay, which is to close, Charringtons have already sold the premises, and they will be converted into a private dwelling next month. The "Ship" has served the town's drinking population for many years.

The present licensee, Mr. Edward Copus, took over in 1957, and will be retiring on 14th September, when "time" will be called for the last time. Mr. Copus has been a licensee for the past 40 years.

A spokesman for Charringtons told the Dover Express this week: "It is a policy of ours to close uneconomical properties. And we are taking advantage of the landlord's retirement to close the "Ship." It's a pity, we know, because the place has got a lot of character. 




HURST Thomas 1823-39+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839 (Quay Lane)

SHAXBY John 1840-62 Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847 (also carpenter age 42 in 1851Census)

THAWLEY John 1861+ (also carpenter age 52 in 1861Census)

COLEMAN Charles 1871-74+ (also carpenter age 48 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

SPICER William 1878+ Post Office Directory 1878

SPICER Caroline 1881+ (widow age 57 in 1881Census)

DARLING Henry 1882 Post Office Directory 1882

BAILEY George 1899-1903+ (widower also bricklayer age 55 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

HOWARD Herbert John 1913 Post Office Directory 1913

HOLLIER/HOLYER Albert 1918-June/20 Deal Mercury

HAYMAN Robert George June/1920-22+ Deal Mercury

STUDHAM Robert 1930+

BROWN George Patrick 1938+

COPUS Edward 1957-70


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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