Whitstable photos – shops, pubs and High Street views

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Located 5 miles north of Canterbury, the seaside town of Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected in the area since at least Roman times.  It’s about an hour and half from London by train – here’s some photos from a short visit last week.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable dates back to pre-Domesday Book times, with archaeological digs finding evidence of human inhabitation during the Palaeolithic era, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

Above is a slightly tatty mural celebrating the Royal Jubilee of the 1977.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

The Whitstable Shop at 34 Harbour Street is run by the Whitstable Improvement Trust and provides tourist information.

The shop also sells a large variety of local books, cards, unusual gifts and locally made items, and the garden is used in the summer months by local craftspeople demonstrating their skills. 

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Wheelers Oyster Bar on the High Street claims to be the oldest restaurant in the town. Read more on their website.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Detail from the imposing frontage of the Duke of Cumberland pub, a Grade II listed building in the heart of Whitstable. The pub’s website reports that there has been an inn on this site for more than 300 years.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Up until 1747, it was known as the Noah’s Ark, when landlord Robert Chandler renamed it Duke William in honour of the Duke of Cumberland who, a year earlier, had crushed the Scottish rebellion at Culloden.

Used as the headquarters for local oyster and dredger men, the pub was rebuilt in splendid late Victorian style in 1878 after a major fire in 1866.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Tourist shop window detail.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Taking the Plunge on the High Street sells jewellery, bags, home interiors and local handmade gifts.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

I loved this 1960s style shopfront, one of five stores owned by Whites Of Kent.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable Playhouse Theatre.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Knitted bike bag.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Quirky building, somewhat comprised by the gaudy advertising.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Knotted pram covering.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Old cigarette vending machine, with examples of the original Player’s Navy Cut, Bachelor and Richmond brand packs visible.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Opening in August 2011, the Peter Cushing pub took over the premises of the former  cinema and bingo hall known as The Oxford.

The pub is named after legendary Hammer Horror star and erstwhile Whitstable resident, Peter Cushing.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

The exterior of Whitstable’s Natural Shop, Herbaceous.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

The traditionally decorated Coach & Horses pub, which dates back to the 17th century.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Entrance to the Whitstable Museum and Gallery, located inside the former headquarters of the Ancient Order of Foresters.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

It costs £3 to get into the museum and – to be honest – there’s not an awful lot in there.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

What I did like though was the temporary exhibition of prints by artists living and working in East Kent, including some wonderful woodblock prints by  Ben Sands.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Oyster stall near the sea front.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

In 2010, Whitstable was found to be the town with the highest proportion of independent shops in the UK, and it lends the town a really charming, old fashioned air.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Cheese!

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Victorian advertising can be seen above the Frank store. Here’s some more scenes of shops around Whitstable:

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Not named after local druggies, but after the single masted fishing boats that used to deliver Whitstable’s famous oysters, The Smack is made up of a pair of old fisherman’s cottages.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Charming wood-fronted buildings along Island Wall.

Shops, Pubs and High Street scenes of the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent

Read more about Whitstable on Wikipedia.