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Earliest 1770-

Bull Inn

Latest ????

(Name to)

777 London Road / Larkfield Street 1841Census


Bull Inn

Above photo, date unknown. Kind permission from Eric Hartland.

Bull Inn

Above postcard, date unknown. Kind permission from Eric Hartland. Bull Inn shown centre left.

Bull Inn

Above postcard, date unknown. Kind permission from Eric Hartland.


Above postcard, date unknown. Kind permission from Eric Hartland.

Inn House Tankard

Above tankards circa 1900, kindly sent by Robert Ivins.

Inn House Tankards

Above tankards circa 1900, kindly sent by Robert Ivins.

Base of tankard, kindly sent by Robert Ivins.

Bull Inn pewter jugs 1885

Above pewter jugs circa 1885, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Stating William Ledger, Bull Inn, Larkfield.


The Bull at Larkfield, Maidstone, was a coaching inn during the 1950s — motor coaches, that is. The pub was a regular halfway house for coach parties travelling from East Kent en route to London, a long journey before the M2 Motorway was built.

Originally built in the 15th century as a farmhouse, the building gained a grade 2 listing on 25 February 1987. It changed name to the "Inn House" again date unknown. Local knowledge appreciated.


Kentish Gazette 23 October 1770.

Joseph Drywood, from Cranbrooke, Worsted and Yarn Maker, in Mill-Lane, Maidstone. Advertising his products, also continues that he delivers the Kentish Gazette every Tuesday & Saturday, setting out from his house or the "Bull."

While delivering the papers he calls at the following named Public-Houses, to collect parcels & orders.

The "Bull" at Larkfield, ......


South Eastern Gazette, 17 Sep 1816.

Bull Inn, Larkfield.

W. Jones respectfully begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public in general, that he has taken the above inn, where he hopes, by assiduity and attention, to merit their patronage and support.

Wines and Liquors of the most superior quality, with excellent beds, stabling, &c.


South Eastern Gazette - Tuesday 19 July 1842.

"Bull Inn," Larkfield.

William Pawson begs to inform his Friends that his Annual Dinner will take place tomorrow, (Wednesday, the 20th), when the favour of their company is requested.

Dinner on Table at 4 o'clock precisely.

George Palmer, Esq, in the Chair.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 18 May 1861.

Larkfield. Caution to Tradesmen.

About ten days since a man called at the shop of Mr. Charles Hoppe, of Larkfield, grocer and butcher, and requested him to change a ten pound Bank of England note, and as he had been stopping at the "Bull Inn," at Larkfield, the night before, he was induced to do so. Mr. Hoppe sent the note to the Kentish Bank to be placed to his account, and thought it was a genuine one, but, to his great surprise, on Tuesday last his note was returned to him, branded with "forgery." The man who passed this note was not what is generally termed a "swell mobsman," but was attired more like a farmer or a dealer in stock, or at least a person who seemed to be well acquainted with things generally.

It appears he slept at the "Bull Inn" the night before, and stated that he had come from Folkestone. He drove a four-wheeler drawn by a brown pony, alleging that he and his family were going to London, but that he preferred driving his trap, whilst his better half had a taste for the rail.

In order that the police may be on their guard against this man, we may mention that the four-wheeler was painted green, but the pony was a brown one, rather aged, and that the man was a fresh coloured looking fellow, and of light complexion, about the age of 45, and conversed freely. Should any of our readers have heard or recollect such a man in the course of their travels, it is to be hoped they will at once communicate the fact and Mr. Hoppe, or to one of the Superintendent of police of the county of Kent. We should observe that he endorsed the note at the time of its being cashed with the name of G. Lucas, Ashford.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 9 November 1861.


On Monday last the Annual Rent and Tithe Audit of the Misses Twisden, of Bradbourne House, East Malling, was held at the "Bull Inn," Larkfield. About 40 of the tenants of the Bradbourne Estate and the Tithe payers of East Malling sat down to and excellent dinner. The chair was ably filled by T. Twisden, Esq., and the vice chair by Lewis Parker, Esq., solicitor, London. The usual loyal toasts, the health of the Misses Twisden, and a variety of other toast were cordially drunk. The dinner, which was supplied by Mr. and Mrs. Hayward, gave general satisfaction, and a very pleasant evening was spent.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 13 February, 1880.


On Tuesday, Joseph Rogers, Esq., Coroner, held an inquest at the “Bull Inn,” Larkfield, relative to the death of William Woodger, aged 47, a farmer, of Comp, near Leybourne. The deceased, who was a Batchelor, had been in difficulties, and on Sunday night he paid a visit to his sister, whose husband keeps the house where the inquest was held. He left shortly before eight o’clock, stating that he should visit his brother at New Hythe. The next morning his dead body was found hanging from a cherry tree at Mrs. Mercer’s farm, in the parish of Ditton.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.



JONES William 1816-21+

GOLDSMITH William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PAWSON William 1841-42+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

KNIGHT George 1874+

LEDGER William 1881+ (age 52 in 1881Census)

RICHARDSON William 1901-03+ (age 51 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MAYNARD John Thomas 1913+

MAYNARD Stephen 1918-38+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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