Sort file:- Maidstone, October, 2021.

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Earliest 1830-

Bricklayer's Arms

Latest 1867+

(Name from)

26 Wheeler Street



The pub can be traced back to 1830 but the site later became the "Greyhound." At present I am not sure whether it was the same building or a new build. I am led to believe that it was a new build as the number of the street also appears to have been changed.

However, it has been suggested by Darren Brockwell that the building could have changed name to the "Eagle" as this is situated on the corner of Brewer Street and Wheeler Street. Again the number changes don't help.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 February 1837.


At Maidstone, Mr. William Waters, landlord of the "Bricklayer's Arms", aged 40.


Kentish Gazette, 15 October 1850.


Yesterday morning week an inquest was held at the "Bricklayers Arms," on the body of John Samson, aged seventy years, who died on the Saturday, in Mr. Hall's hop garden, from the effects of excessive bleeding from a varicose vein. Mr. Brenchley, surgeon, who was sent for to see deceased, said the haemorrhage could have been easily stopped by the pressure of the finger on the vein, and that, had medical aid arrived earlier, life ought have been saved. Accidents of this kind were of frequent occurrence, and he thought it could not be too forcibly impressed on the public, the great importance or instantly preventing the loss of blood, which might easily be effected in the manner he had stated. A surgeon ought also to be speedily sent for. The jury returned a verdict that "the deceased died from accidental loss of blood."


Kentish Gazette, 23 March 1852.

Maidstone. Dreadful Case of Burning.

A most distressing and painful case of burning occurred to a young woman named Alice Athawes of Bone's-alley in this town on Sunday evening last. It appears that at about a quarter to 9 the young woman was sitting with a soldier, in one of the rooms at the "Bricklayers Arms Inn," in Wheeler-street, near a somewhat large fire. Suddenly the back part or side of her dress ignited, and was quickly in a complete flame. Notwithstanding the opposition of the landlord of the Inn who was himself slightly burned in endeavouring to take hold of her, and of the young man who was with her, she retreated from the house into the street, the flames extending over her body with great rapidity. As may be supposed she was very seriously injured. As soon as could be, she was placed on a stretcher and conveyed to the Infirmary, where prompt assistance was rendered her by the house surgeon, Dr. Henry. Unfortunately, however, in spite of every effort which medical aid can afford, she still remains in a very dangerous condition, and but little, if any, hope is entertained of her recovery.


Kentish Gazette, 30 March 1852.

Maidstone. Dreadful Occurrence. A Woman Burnt to Death.

We briefly noticed in our last the circumstance of a young woman, named Alice Athawes, being dreadfully burned, her clothes having caught fire while in the company of a soldier at a public-house, called "The Bricklayers' Arms," on Sunday evening. The unfortunate creature who had been taken to the Infirmary, lingered in great agony till Tuesday, when she died. The scene, when she came out of the public-house enveloped in flames, is described by those who witnessed it as most awful. Frantic with pain and terror, she rushed about screaming for help, which no one was able to render. The soldier exerted himself to the utmost, but it was so long before he could obtain a blanket to wrap her in that almost every portion of her clothing was consumed, and the flames ascending to the upper part of her body covered her bosom and head, until she became literally roasted alive—her neck and face, being completely charred! If any thing can add to these horrors, it is the fact that the wretched creature was in a state to become a mother, having previously given birth to two illegitimate children. She had been decently and religiously educated, and for some years attended a Sunday-school; but had fallen a victim to the temptations placed in her way by association with immoral companions—her personal attractions being, no doubt, the main cause of the dissolute habits which conducted her to her most fearful end!

An inquest was held on Friday before F. F. Dally, Esq., the borough coroner, and a verdict of "Died from accidental burning," was returned.



WATERS William 1830-Feb/37 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1832-34Maidstone Telegraph

WATERS George 1840+

Last pub licensee had HOLLOWAY John 1851-61+ Next pub licensee had (age 50 in 1851Census)

Last pub licensee had GRIGSBY Elizabeth Mrs 1862-67+


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph



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