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:
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.|
E. M. Driffield.
|Clerk to the Board||T. G. Browning.|
|Board School (Oxford Street)||Master||G. Kirby.|
|(Albert Street)||Infants mistress||Miss. West.|
|Whitstable and Seasalter Trust (Mixed)||Master||J. Grainger.|
|St. Peter's Mission (Mixed)||Mistress||Miss. Moyes.|
|St. Aphege's (Oxford Street)||Mistress||Miss. Appleton.|
|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.|
|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|
|Mr. Cox, High Street.|
|Let for Concerts, Dramatic|
and other Entertainments.
|Proprietor, T. G. Browning.|
|Let for Entertainments,|
|Graystone Lodge (No.1,915)||Secretary. E. G. Walthew.|
|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.
|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|
|Officer, S. Ives.|
|Manager & Treasurer|
Manager & Surveyor
|George Baker (Shipowner)|
James. R. Daniels (Shipowner)
|Lower Island||Officer in charge,|
Master Mariners Mutual
|Ludgate Hill||Secretary, J. T. Reeves.|
|Carriers||To Canterbury daily|
To Canterbury daily
|C. P. Merritt.|
|Carriers by Water||Office, Ludgate Hill||H. & G. H. Gann.|
|Accident||Bank, High Street||S. Saunders.|
|Atlas Fire||Regent Street||W. P. Coleman.|
|W. J. Cox.|
|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.|
|High Street||W. J. Cox.|
|London & County|
|High Street||C. Foad.|
|London & Lancashire Fire||West Cliff||Chas. Henry Rowden.|
|Manchester Fire||High Street||D. Daniels.|
|Canterbury Road||J. R. Daniels.|
|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.|
|Assistant Superintendent, |
J. Reeves and W. Weatherly.
|Reliance Mutual Life||Canterbury Road||J. R. Daniels.|
|Royal Fire & Life||Oxford House, Oxford Street.||T. G. Browning.|
|Ludgate Hil||Secretary, J. T. Reeves.|
|Sun Fire||High Street||C. Foad.|
|Wesleyan & General|
Life Insurance Co.
|High Street||George Church.|
|Whitstable Mutual Maritime|
|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.