1889 – The Canterbury and Vicinity Directory – Intelligence

The “Canterbury and Vicinity Directory” of 1889 gives us an insight into Whitstable as it was that year. The details of the town are broken down into four sections, three of which are on this and subsequent pages. The section we have not included is the ‘Private Residents Directory’ as this lists only some 200 out of more than 6,000 people and is very nondescript with forenames and the spelling of surnames.

The sections transcribed here are:

  • History Of Whitstable – from the perspective of that date – here.
  • Whitstable Local Intelligence – Churches, Schools, Institutions, etc – follows on this page.
  • Whitstable Commercial Directory – Businesses and Tradesmen in categories – here.

As always, we have attempted to be true to the original, not correcting any errors in spelling that we find and hopefully not adding any of our own.



All Saints’ Church Rev. H. M. Maughan, M.A., vicar.
Mission Church Rev. C. Newton Bennett, curate.
Wesleyan Chapel Rev. W. J. Hedley.
Independent Chapel Rev. A. Clare Jones.
Baptist Chapel Conducted by Supplies.
Primitive Methodist Rev. G. Chunn.


Chairman W. Clifford.
Vice-Chairman R. Pettman.
Messrs. J. Gann.
E. M. Driffield.
T. Kemp.
E. Watkins.
J. Wood.
Clerk to the Board T. G. Browning.


Board School (Oxford Street) Master G. Kirby.
Mistress Miss Lepingwell.
Infants Mrs. George.
(Albert Street) Infants mistress Miss. West.
Whitstable and Seasalter Trust (Mixed) Master J. Grainger.
Mistress Miss. Masters.
St. Peter’s Mission (Mixed) Mistress Miss. Moyes.
St. Aphege’s (Oxford Street) Mistress Miss. Appleton.
Infants Miss. Reeves.


Clerk to the Burial Board D. Daniels.
Inspector of Nuisances Staines Sladden. (Oxford Street)
Nautical Assessor Absolam Anderson. (Oxford Street)
Police Station Instructing Constable – Thomas Dunk.
Police Constable – J. Back.
Town Crier William John Gammon, High Street.

Fire Engine High Street.


Established 1864.
Horsebridge Road.
Under the management of a Committee.
Subscription, gentlemen 6s. per annum;
Ladies 3s. per annum.
Visitors can be admitted at 1d. each visit.
S. Saunder, Hon. Secretary.


Canterbury Bank (Branch) High Street E. Sibert Saunders, manager.


Whitstable Times and
Herne Bay Herald (Saturday)
Mr. Cox, High Street.
Kentish Express and
Canterbury Press
Mr. Cox, High Street.


Assembly Rooms
Horsebridge Road.
Let for Concerts, Dramatic
and other Entertainments.
Proprietor, T. G. Browning.
Foresters’ Hall
Oxford Street.
Let for Entertainments,
Concerts, &c.
Foresters’ Hall
Graystone Lodge (No.1,915) Secretary. E. G. Walthew.
Ancient Order
of Foresters

Foresters’ Hall
Prince of Wales
Court (No. 1,902)
Secretary. J. T. Reeves.
Whitstable Gas and
Coke Company (Ltd)
Church Road Secretary and Manager,
T. G. Browning.
Foreman, William Wyver.
Whitstable Waterworks
Company (Ltd)
Canterbury Road Secretary and Manager,
T. G. Browning.
Whitstable Company of
Free Fishers and Dredgers
Solicitors, Canterbury Messrs. Plummer & Fielding
H. M. Customs 4, The Grove Officer, John Stammers.
Royal Naval Reserve District 3 Drill Station
Seasalter Cliff
Officer, S. Ives.
Whitstable Mutual
Maritime Association
Manager & Treasurer
Merkland House.
Manager & Surveyor
Canterbury Road
George Baker (Shipowner)

James. R. Daniels (Shipowner)

Whitstable Oyster
Steward Stephen Plummer.
Whitstable Coast
Guard Station
Lower Island Officer in charge,
James Liddle.
Whitstable(Star Mutual)
Master Mariners Mutual
Benevolent Society
Ludgate Hill Secretary, J. T. Reeves.
Carriers To Canterbury daily
To Canterbury daily
C. P. Merritt.
John Merrett.
Carriers by Water Office, Ludgate Hill H. & G. H. Gann.


Accident Bank, High Street S. Saunders.
Atlas Fire Regent Street W. P. Coleman.
British Empire
Mutual Life
High Street
Oxford Street
W. J. Cox.
G. Kirby.
British Equitable Harbour Street J. Goldfinch.
County Fire Post Office, High Street George Daniels.
European High Street T. G. Browning.
General Fire & Life Oxford Street G. Kirkky.
Imperial Union Accident L. C. & D. Station Alfred Bridal.
Kent Fire & Life Bank, High Street Silbert Saunders.
London Assurance
High Street W. J. Cox.
London & County
Plate Glass
High Street C. Foad.
London & Lancashire Fire West Cliff Chas. Henry Rowden.
Manchester Fire High Street D. Daniels.
Nautical Maritime
Canterbury Road J. R. Daniels.
National Provincial
Plate Glass
13 High Street James Wyver.
Norwich & Edinburgh
Fire and Life
Oxford Street J. T. Reeves.
Phoenix Fire Church Road J. Foad.
Provident Life Post Office, High Street George Daniels.
Prudential Life
and Annuity
Canterbury Road

Oxford Street

Assistant Superintendent,
J. Radford.
J. Reeves and W. Weatherly.
Reliance Mutual Life Canterbury Road J. R. Daniels.
Royal Fire & Life Oxford House, Oxford Street. T. G. Browning.
Star Mutual
Maritime Association
Ludgate Hil Secretary, J. T. Reeves.
Sun Fire High Street C. Foad.
Wesleyan & General
Life Insurance Co.
High Street George Church.
Whitstable Mutual Maritime
Insurance Association
Merkland House G. Baker.
Whittington Life 10, Canterbury Road S. Sladden.


Money Order, Telegraph, Savings Bank, & c., High Street. Postmaster, George Daniels.

Open on week-days from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 7 till 10 a.m.

There are three deliveries: 7a.m., 1 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.; Sundays 7 a.m. only.

Despatched 8.30 a.m., 9.5 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. Sundays 12.15 a.m. only.

Pillar Boxes: Harbour Street cleared 8.5 a.m., 12.5 a.m. and 7.5 p.m.; Sundays 11.20 a.m. L. C. & D. Railway, 8.15 a.m., 12.15 a.m. and 8.5 p.m.; Sundays at 11.30 a.m. Canterbury Road, 7.15 p.m.

Other 1889 Directory pages.
  • History Of Whitstable – from the perspective of that date – here.
  • Whitstable Commercial Directory – Businesses and Tradesmen in categories – here.
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