Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2018.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1808+

Bull Inn

Open 2014+

Penenden Heath Road


01622 752888

Bull 2009

Above photo circa 2009.

Bull Inn

Above photo date unknown.

Bull sign 1964Bull sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Kentish Gazette 22 July 1808.


On Saturday morning, at the "Bull Inn," Pennenden-Heath, Mrs. Hannah Woodgate, aged 72.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Friday 6 March 1818.

In the night of Thursday last, the Shire-Houses at Pennenden Heath, was broken open, and two marquees and other articles, belonging to Mr. Crawte, of the "Bull," at that place, were stolen thereout.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 18 February, 1860.

Benjamin Ross Orpin, of the “Bull Inn,” Penenden Heath, was charged by Superintendent Maloney, for having his house open for the sale of beer at one o'clock a.m., on Sunday morning, the 8th ult. At the defendant's request, the case was adjourned till the next session.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 1 June 1861.

Bearsted Petty Sessions, Monday.

There was a special sitting at the Maidstone Town Hall of the Magistrates of the Bearsted division, for the purpose of hearing summonses taken out against various tradesman, on information laid by Mr. Thompson, inspector of weights and measures, for having in their possession deficient weights for scales and measures.

Thomas Barney, innkeeper, Boxley, two earthenware quart pots deficient in measure; also an unstamped quartern and half-quartern
pewter pot.

1 and 18 s. costs.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 12 May 1866.

Infringement of the cattle plague orders.

Thomas Barney, landlord of the "Bull," Penenden Heath, was charged that he did, in the parish of Boxley, on the 1st April, unlawfully move a cow, within the jurisdiction of the Bench, along the highway, for a distance of 367 yards, to land in the occupation of John Roberts.

In reply to the charge defendant said he had come to the Bench to state the truth. He had taken out licence for the removal of the cow. He drove the cow "to profit," and it being Sunday he could not procure an order.

P.C. Brown deposed to witnessing defendant drive the cow from Penenden Heath, between 10 and 11 o'clock in the morning of 1st April.

Defendant denied that he drove it from the heath, but drove it from the farm, and called P.C. Dodd, who said that he did not see the cow on the heath at the time stated, although he was there from 10 till 11 o'clock.

The Chairman said that the Bench must convict him in the mitigated penalty of 5. It was clear that the defendant knew he was committing a breach of the regulations, by his own admission. They could not allow one without another to commit such acts with impunity. Others suffered by conforming to the regulations, and it would be an injustice to them to make distinctions.

Defendant paid the money, but said he thought he had been "hardly" dealt by.


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.



CRAWTE Mr 1818+

RACHELL George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CRAWTE John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HUGGETT James 1858+

ORPIN Benjamin Ross 1860+ Maidstone Telegraph

BARNEY Thomas 1861-74+

PUNNETT Egbert 1882+

PETTIT Rague 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

PETTIT S Mrs 1913+

BOARDMAN John henry 1922+

FLETCHER Nevill 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1938

TILYARD Mike Nov/1978-Aug/85 Next pub licensee had


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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