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Earliest 1847-

(Name from)

First and Last

Open 2020+

40 Bower Place / Fant Fields


01622 683151

First and Last 1929

Above photo circa 1929.

First and Last

Above photo, date unknown.

First and Last 1993

Above photo 1993, by Mike Barnard.

First and Last 2014

Above photo by Roy Moore, 18 May 2014.

First and Lst sign 1995First and Last sign 2014

Above sign left, June 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Above sign right, by Roy Moore, 18 May 2014.


The building was erected in 1835 and opened as a beer shop that year. It was sold by licensee Thomas Holloway to the Lower Brewery  during his reign in the late 1840s. According to the What Pub website, it was originally class the "Cradle and Coffin," but to date I haven't seen any information relating to this


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.


Local news on this day 27th April 1858.

An inquest was held on 22nd April, before the coroner T. Kipping and a jury, at the "First and Last," Bower place, upon the body of Mrs Jane Hodges, the landlady of the house, whose death occurred that same morning, under somewhat singular circumstances.

It seemed that at about twelve o'clock on the previous night, the deceased went to bed with her niece in a room at the front of the house. From the evidence adduced, she was intoxicated, being addicted to habits of intemperance, but after talking to herself a little while, as she was accustomed to do, she apparently fell asleep. The only other person in the house, was an elderly man named Jones.

At about one o'clock, Mrs Cooper, the wife of a gardener living next door, heard the window of the deceased's bedroom open and immediately afterwards a fall, succeeded by cries for assistance. On looking out, Mrs Cooper saw the deceased lying on her back on the edge of the pavement. She at once, called her husband, and on other assistance arriving, the deceased was removed to the Cooper's cottage, the door to her own house being fastened.

During the whole time, the niece remained asleep and it was with great effort that she was at last awakened. The deceased was severely injured and thought she had fallen down the stairs and believed her back was broken.

She was most surprised when informed she had fallen from the window, adding "I think I dozed off to sleep, and fancied all was not right and I got out to look."

She expressed a wish to be removed to her own bed, which was done and medical assistance was at once sent for. She however died at about six o'clock the same morning.

The distance, she fell was about ten to twelve feet, and the sill of the window only about eighteen inches from the floor.

At the conclusion of the evidence, the coroner remarked that there was nothing to show that the deceased had thrown herself from the window, and from her own expressions, coupled with the face that the window was so near the floor, he thought the inference might very fairly be drawn that she had fallen out accidentally.

It was true that she had said she wished the fall had killed her, but that might very reasonably be accounted for by the pain, she was in at the time.

The jury returned a verdict of "That the deceased met with her death accidentally, while in a state of intoxication."


South Eastern Gazette, 14 February, 1860.

Transfer of Licenses.

At the Maidstone Police Court, on Saturday, before the Mayor (J. C. Stephens, Esq.), and C. Ellis, Esq., the following transfers of licenses were made.

The "First and Last," from Thos, Holloway to Geo. Vaughan.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 20 October 1899.

Maidstone Police Court. At the "First and Last."

Harry Brown, 19, was charged with refusing to quit licensed premises and with doing damage to a partition to the extent of 5s., the property of the landlord of the "First and Last," on 16th inst.

William Henry Waite, landlord of the "First and Last, Bower Place, said that about 20 minutes to 10 prisoner and a friend entered the house in a drunken condition, he refused them drink when prisoner became very violent and acted like a madman. Witness asked prisoner to leave the house when he put his fist through a panel in the partition doing damage to the extent of 5s. Prisoner eventually left the house and witness followed him down as far as the station and gave him into to custody.

Prisoner was fined 5s. and 12s. costs, and 8s. damages, or 14 days'.



HODGES John 1847-Apr/58 dec'd (age 57 in 1851Census)

HOLLOWAY Thomas to Feb/1860 Maidstone Telegraph

Last pub licensee had VAUGHAN George Feb/1860-67+ (age 41 in 1861Census)+ Maidstone TelegraphPost Office Directory 1867

MORRIS Edward 1874-82+ (age 54 in 1881Census)

WAITE William Henry 1899-11+ (age 64 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

PETTITT William R 1913-38+


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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