Sort file:- Maidstone, March, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Tuesday, 16 March, 2021.


Earliest 1832-

Britannia Arms

Latest 1882+

(Name to)

3 George Street



Serving with this name till at least 1882, but by 1901 it had changed name to the "Brown Jug."


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, 6 March 1838.

Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held yesterday week before Mr. Dally, coroner for Maidstone, at the "Britannia Inn," on the body of a child named Emily Startup, aged six years, who was burned to death from its clothes catching fire. The mother went to her work between seven and eight o’clock on Friday morning, taking her eldest child, fourteen years old, and leaving directions with the next, aged twelve, to get up and light the fire, and placed a penny on the mantel-piece to buy the wood. The poor little creature, who became the victim of this carelessness, got up first, went into the neighbourhood and purchased a bundle of wood, lit the fire, and sat down before it, when her clothes caught fire, and she run up two pair of stairs and returned thence into the open air, accompanied with four little ones screaming with fright. The flames were extinguished by a neighbour, and every attention paid to the sufferer. Mr. French and Mr. Otley, surgeons, both administered remedies, but in vain, as the little sufferer died on the following morning.

Verdict:— "Accidental Death."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 25 June 1839.

Pursuant to the Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England.

The Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors.

The following prisoners, who's estates and effect have been vested in the provisional assignee by order of the court, having filed their schedules, are ordered to be brought up before a commissioner on circuit to be dealt with according to the status as follows.

At the Court House at Maidstone, in the county of Kent, on the 17th day of July, 1839, at the hour of 10 in the morning precisely.

Thomas Taylor, formerly of the "Crown," Cranbrook, licensed victualler and ropemaker; then of the "George Inn," Cranbrook, licensed victualler, farmer, weaver, and ropemaker, and coach proprietor; then of High Street Cranbrook, weaver, rope maker, farmer, and hope grower; then of the "Lamb Inn," Maidstone, licensed victualler; then of Wheeler Street, Maidstone, out of business; and late of the "Britannia Inn," George Street, Maidstone, all in the county of Kent, licensed victualler.


Kentish Gazette, 21 May 1850.

A Child Killed by a Bullock.

On Wednesday se’nnight an inquest was held at the "Britannia," George-street, Maidstone, before F. F. Dally, Esq., coroner, on the body of Sarah Baker, aged four years and upwards. Mary Sears stated that she lived in Orchard-street, opposite George-street. At about half-past 6 o’clock the preceding (Tuesday) evening, two little children were in the street, one of whom was standing near the door of the corner house, the other lying with its feet in the road, and its head on the kerb-stone. She saw a bullock turn down at the corner of the street, bellowing almost like the bark of a dog, make a rush and toss the deceased, who fell on her back; and when deceased was on the ground witness thought she saw the bullock strike her again. It then ran off. Deceased had a doll in her hand with something of red about it, and it appeared as if this in particular attracted the attention of the bullock as it seemed to make a direct point at deceased before it attacked her. Mary Cook stated that, hearing screams in the street, she ran out to see what was the matter, and saw the mother with deceased in her arms. Witness took the child and carried it into the mother’s house. She appeared quite insensible and uttered no cries, and in about a quarter of an hour life was extinct. The jury returned a verdict that death was caused by deceased having been accidentally tossed by a bullock.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 17 January 1865.

To let, the "Britannia Inn," Maidstone.

Good stabling and cowsheds situate in Stone Street.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Filmer, "Britannia Inn," Maidstone.




THOMAS Henry 1830-32+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Kentish Gazette

WICKHAM Friend 1840+

Last pub licensee had TAYLOR Thomas pre 1839

CLINTON George John 1851-61+ (also farmer age 48 in 1861Census)

FILMER Mr 1865+

NEWING William 1867+ Post Office Directory 1867

MARTIN Joseph 1874+

MARTIN Annie Martin 1881+ (widow age 51 in 1881Census)

CONSTABLE William 1882+


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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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