Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stalling-ken n.

also stauling-ken, stuling-ken
[SE (in)stall, to put in place + ken n.1 (1)]

(UK Und.) a depository for stolen goods, esp. as used by the ruffler n. to hide his booty.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 32: Whyche they brynge to their stawlinge kens, which is their typplyng houses.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching Ch. 3: They neuer carry the same forthwith to their stauling kens, but hides the same a three daies in some secret corner.
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: The Canters Dictionary Staling ken: a house to receive stolne goods.
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 59: A Stawling ken that is knowne of purpose to be trusty.
[UK]Dekker O per se O L3: About a seuen night after, (when all is hushd) to the Stalling Kenne goes the Duds for Loure.
[UK]Jonson Gypsies Metamorphosed 4: Therefore, till [...] he be able to beate it on the hard hoofe, to the ben bowse, or the stauling Ken, to nip a Jan, and cly the iarke; ’tis thought fitt he marche in the Infants equipage.
[UK]Dekker Canting Song in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O: To Strawling [sic] Ken, the Mort bings then to fetch lowre for her cheats.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 45: [as cit. 1608].
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Staling Ken, a House to receive Goods stollen or to buy them.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Stuling-ken, c. as Stalling-ken, c. a Broker’s Shop, or any House that receives stolen-Goods.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit n.p.: Stollen-ken Broker’s Shop.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Stalling ken. A broker’s shop, or that of a receiver of stolen goods. [Ibid.] Stuling ken, (cant) See stalling ken.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795).
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 116: ‘Stalling ken.’ Place of reception for stolen goods.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.