In The Village

Ship Hill

Credit: Garry Allam, Bishop's Sutton Heritage; curated by Mark Allen

Ship Hill about 1900

Looking towards the Ship inn which is hidden behind a row of thatched cottages which caught fire in the 1930’s and were then demolished. The site is now the Ship Inn's car park.

Bishop's Sutton, Ship Hill c1900

Same view, 2011

Bishop's Sutton, Ship Hill 2011

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The Ship Inn, 1948

The 18th century Ship Inn, Bishops Sutton. From a 1948 glass negative by Donald Birkenshaw

Bishop's Sutton, Ship Inn 1948

Bishop's Sutton Shop c1906

It seems that this picture was taken around 1906, and that Ernest and Ada Follet had the shop after 1901 and had left to run a shop at Hook by 1911. Their son John was born in Bishops Sutton 1906.

Bishop's Sutton, Follet's Stores c1906


Padwicks Blacksmiths Shops c 1910 and Mount Villas

The smithy moved from the main road to the barn (now garages) at Stocks cottage, School Lane

Bishop's Sutton, Padwicks Blacksmiths c1910

Mount Villas and the site of the Blacksmiths, 2011

Bishop's Sutton, Mount villas 2011

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The Ship Inn on left. Old Ship Cottages on right c1910.

The Ship Inn dates from the late 18th century, possibly earlier; the Old Ship Cottages date from the 16th century.

It has been said that the Old Ship Cottages were the original Ship Inn, although as of yet there is not any documentary evidence for this, even though it is a much older building. As to the reason why the Inn is so named it could be one of many. A lot Ship public houses contain old ship timbers; many before the Dissolution of the Monasteries were owned by religious houses and often called the Ark and it was common to change the name so as to try to show no allegiance to anything Catholic.
The word Ship is often a corruption of Sheep as can be seen in some local field names.

Bishop's Sutton, Ship Inn 1910

Ship Cottages 1930s

The row of Cottages that stood between the Ship Inn and Ship Hill Cottages after a fire in the 1930's - after which they were demolished. They would have been parallel to the road in what is now The Ship Inn Car park.

Bishop's Sutton, Ship Cottages 1930s