Sort file:- Maidstone, August, 2023.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Saturday, 12 August, 2023.


Earliest ????

Duke of Cambridge

Latest ????

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32 Sandling Road


Duke of Cambridge 1890

Above photo 1890.

Duke of Cambridge

Above photo, 1910, kindly sent by Ray Newman.

Duke of Cambridge location 2018

Above photo, 2018, kindly sent by Ray Newman showing the same location.


The building was built in 1819 to be the County Assembly Rooms and also contained the County Ballroom.

Charles Thomson tells me the following:- "On 26 May 1846, the Kent Ophthalmic Institute opened by hiring the County Assembly Rooms at 32 Sandling Road, opposite to what were then the Cavalry Barracks. This was to receive "outdoor patients" (i.e. outpatients) "until the Funds are capable of supporting indoor patients". John Woolcott was the Surgeon. It was renamed from the Eye Institute to the Eye Hospital. On 24 August 1847, the Hospital moved and opened in Church Street, Maidstone. The hospital was renamed in 1927 to the Kent County Ophthalmic and Aural Hospital, finally closing and moving to Maidstone Hospital in 2003."

 By 1882 a large skating rink had been added.

In the 1890s a man named Edward Sharp took over the lease of the skating rink and converted it into a sweet factory, and in 1910 the famous "Kreemy Toffee" was produced, but probably being too small for the success he moved to St. Peter's Street in 1912.

Just after the Great War the pub became the Maidstone Ex-service Men's Club.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 5 February 1859. Price 1d.

John King, was charged with assaulting Edward Appleton, on the 23rd ult.

It appeared from the evidence adduced, that complainant and defendant were at the “Duke of Cambridge, on Saturday evening last, when a quarrel arose between them. It appeared that defendant drank some of the complainant's beer (without being asked to do so.) Shortly after they left the house, when the defendant in company with others, set upon complainant and his companions, defendant striking him in the eye with a stone.

The complainant and two others, named Elias Price and John White, were then charged with being drunk and disorderly on the night in question, and were each fined the usual drunkard's penalty, 5s., and in default seven day's imprisonment.

With respect the defendant in the first case, his Worship said that the magistrates were of opinion that the charge was fully proved against him, and as he had been twice before them for a similar offence, he was ordered to pay a fine of 10s., and 13s. costs, or one months' imprisonment.

Removed in custody.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 11 February, 1860.


(Opposite the Cavalry Barracks) Maidstone.

A Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert every evening, to commence at seven, and conclude at 11 o'clock.

Admission free, Refreshments of the best quality, at Bar prices.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28th July 1860.

To Let. A Public House.

Situated in one of the best thoroughfares in Maidstone. Rent 40s. per annum, which is made by beds taken at valuation.

Apply at the "Duke of Cambridge Inn," where particulars may be obtained.


Les Swaffer says he thinks this became the "Innkeepers Lodge."




LOADER James 1858+

LE BRUMENT William Charles to July/1861 Maidstone Telegraph

LOFT Thomas 1861 (age 59 in 1861Census Victualler)

HOMER Matilda Mrs July/1861-62+ Maidstone Telegraph

HOMER Mrs to Sept/1863 Maidstone Telegraph

HICKMOTT W Sept/1863+ Maidstone Telegraph

SAWYER Harry 1874+

WOOLLETT Edward 1882+

ROBSON Thomas 1891+ (age 38 in 1891Census)

ROBSON J T 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CHAPMAN Ernest William 1911+ (age 34 in 1911Census)

LEPPER Richard John 1918+


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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