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92 Sandling Road (Week Street 1850) (97 Kelly's 1903)



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Located in Week Street but by 1850 the address was given as standing on Sandling Road.


Kentish Gazette, 10 September 1850.

Inquest. Shocking Death.

On Friday week, an inquest was held at the "Grasshopper Inn," Week-street, before F. F. Dally. Esq., coroner, on the body of Joseph Austin, about 12 years of age, who was found dead in a brick-field belonging to Mr. Cobb, near Perryfield-place. The deceased, who has been in the habit of singing at the various public houses in this town, for a livelihood, had been accustomed to sleep in lime kilns and places of that description; on the Wednesday night he lay down to rest on the top of a clamp in the above field, where, at about a quarter before seven he was found by one of Mr. Cobb's men, quite dead, having, as is supposed, been suffocated by the smoke from the clamp, which was burning.

Verdict Accordingly.


Southeastern Gazette, 1 February 1853.


Jan. 30, Mr. George Woollett, "Grasshopper Inn," Week-street, Maidstone, aged 38 years, much respected.


Kentish Gazette, 19 April 1853.

Shocking Case of Suicide.

On Wednesday afternoon a sergeant in the 12th Lancers, named John Cooper, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. It appears that the unfortunate man had been on the recruiting service; he was tried by court martial, on Wednesday morning, for having absented himself from duty; and there is little doubt but that he committed the rash act from fear of being reduced to the ranks. He was in his 33rd year.

On Thursday an inquest was held at the "Grasshopper Inn," before T. Kipping, Esq., borough coroner, when a verdict of "Temporary Insanity" was returned.


Southeastern Gazette, 19 April 1853.

Coroner’s Inquest. Determined Suicide by a Soldier.

On Thursday last an inquest was held at the "Grasshopper Inn," near the Barracks, before T. Kipping, Esq., coroner, to enquire touching the death of John Cooper, aged 32 years, a sergeant in the 12-th regiment of Lancers, stationed at the Cavalry Depdt, who committed suicide there on the previous afternoon, by cutting his throat. The following evidence was adduced.

John Holliday, hospital sergeant-major, deposed that he had known the deceased for some months. He had been a patient in the hospital for about eight days, and was discharged on Monday last. He met the deceased, about two minutes before he committed the act, going towards the "rear," where he was found, and in three or four minutes he was sent for, when he saw the deceased with his throat cut. His cap was lying on the ground beside him. Did not observe anything particular in his manner. Believed he was not of a cheerful disposition; he, however, knew but little of him.

Edward King, sergeant in the 15th Hussars, stated that he had known the deceased for about twelve months, and had occupied the same room with him for about a fortnight. His general disposition was rather pleasant, and generally of an even temperament. About two o’clock on Wednesday afternoon he left the room, telling witness he was going to the rear. Witness was writing at the time, and did not lift his eyes from the paper, but said "Very well. Cooper." In a few minutes afterwards he went there himself, and found the deceased on his knees, supporting himself with his right arm on the seat, and bleeding profusely. Witness then closed the door reported the case to Garrison Sergeant-Major Hughes, and obtained assistance to convey him to the hospital. Did not observe his throat cut when he first saw him. When they went in to convey him to the hospital, he was lying on his face. Did not observe any weapon beside him till Sergeant-Major Jordan picked up a razor which was lying on the floor of the water closet. Did not know to whom the razor belonged. The deceased was confined as a prisoner to the room, for absenting himself from duty on Monday, the 4th.

William Jordan, troop sergeant-major in the 12th Lancers, stated that the deceased belonged to his troop, in which he held the rank of lance sergeant. Had known him ever since he joined the regiment in 1838. His general character and disposition was good. He latterly seemed rather more low spirited, since he came back from a recruiting service. He absented himself on the morning of the 4th from the morning parade, and reported himself as sick. This had been made the subject of enquiry by a court martial, and the sentence had not been communicated to him. He had been before a court martial on previous occasions, once in this barracks in April, 1852, for desertion, when he was found guilty, and sentenced to four months’ hard labour, and to be marked "D," part of which was remitted. Was called to the deceased's room about two o’clock on the previous day, and was told of his having destroyed himself. He afterwards went to the rear, and saw that there were no hopes of restoring the deceased. He found the razor produced lying open about a yard from him. The blade was covered with blood. In deceased's pockets 1 2s. 0 1/2d. was found. He had been on good terms with all about him, and had never heard him speak of self-destruction. Believed the razor produced to have belonged to the deceased, as he had seen it in his "kit" a few days previously. The sentence of the court martial was to have been read to the deceased at four o’clock on parade that afternoon.

Mr. John Otley, surgeon, stated that he was doing duty for Dr. Tice, the medical officer at the Cavalry Depot, who was ill. The deceased was reported as sick on the 4th inst., but at the time the patients should have appeared deceased did not make his appearance. In the afternoon, about three o’clock, he was sent for to see him; he was then in the hospital; he complained of headache, but witness did not consider anything particular the matter with him. He was kept in the hospital till Tuesday last, when he was discharged quite well. Saw him also on Wednesday morning before the court martial, and gave a certificate that he was in perfect health. Did not hear anything more of him till he was sent for to the depot in the afternoon of Wednesday. He found him in the dead-house, with his throat cut. From the appearance of the wound it was his opinion that death must have taken place instantaneously. It was such a wound as he might have inflicted with his own hands. Had not observed anything during his illness to induce him to suppose he was depressed in spirits in the slightest degree, or anything in his general manner to lead witness to suppose he would have committed suicide. He seemed in the morning of Wednesday to be in very good spirits, and made no complaint at all of being ill in any way.

The Coroner went through the evidence, commenting upon it and explaining the law upon the subject, and the jury, after a snort deliberation, returned a verdict "That deceased destroyed himself while in a state of temporary insanity."


Southeastern Gazette, 2 August 1853.

Friday. (Before W. Hills and T. Hyde, Esq.)

The license of the "Grasshopper" was transferred to Mrs. Woollett.


Kentish Gazette, 20 June 1854.

Sudden Death.

An inquest was held at the "Grasshopper Inn," Week-street, on Thursday, before Thomas Kipping, Esq., on the body of Robed Shaw, a private of the 9th Lancers, who fell dead while walking in Week-street, on Tuesday evening.

Mr. John Otley, surgeon, said he was called in to see the deceased at the Depot on Tuesday evening, when he found him quite dead. He had since made an examination of the body, and found that there was an aneurism of the aorta, which had given way, and emptied itself into the pericardium. This was quite sufficient to cause immediate death. Deceased was under his care in January last for about a week, but there was nothing in his symptoms at that time that led him to suppose that he was afflicted with the disease that caused his death.

Verdict in accordance with the surgeon's evidence.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, 5 September, 1895.


Henry Kettle, landlord of the "Grasshopper Inn," Sandling road, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises, on August 10th. Mr S L Monkton prosecuted on behalf of the Watch committee, and Mr F J Argles defended.

Robert Milgate, labourer, living in Perryfield Street, deposed that on the day in question he and his wife went to defendant's house and had three pints of ale. By then left the house, but subsequently returned twice and had more liquor. He estimated that he spent 4s., at the "Grasshopper," and his wife got intoxicated.

By Mr Argles: Witness was not drunk, he was an old soldier, and could stand a good deal. His wife was apprehended for drunkenness just after she left the defendant's house, and was convicted of the offence. Mr Milgate also broke a window in the door of the bar.

Sarah Milgate, wife of the last witness, gave similar evidence, admitting that she was the worst for liquor when Kettle's wife served with a pint of ale just before closing time.

Sergeant Crowhurst deposed that on the evening of August 10th, hearing a disturbance in the "Grasshopper," he watched the premises, and saw the last witness come outside, when she created a disturbance. As she was the word for liquor, Mrs Milgate was arrested, brought before the magistrates, and fined.

Cross examined: Previous to this witness had had no complaint against defendants house.

Mr Argles, in defence, submitted that it had not been proved that defendant was aware of the condition of Milgate and his wife, and therefore he could not be convicted of the offence.

The Bench ruled against Mr Argles on the point.

Defendant was then called, and stated that in his opinion both Milgate and his wife was sober.

By Mr Monckton: Mrs Milgate appeared to be sober, but witness could not say for certain, as he did not speak to her.

Mrs Kettle, William Bowes, a labourer, Harry Crispin, a neighbouring barber, and a teetotaler, who said Mrs Milgate was in that "unhappy state that she did not know herself whether she was drunk or sober," also gave evidence.

The Bench convicted, and the mayor said it was a serious offence, but as defendant has not been previously convicted, he would only be fined 20s and 14s costs, or 14 day's hard labour.

The licence was not endorsed.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 29 May, 1896.


Mr R. T. Tatham, borough coroner, held an inquest at the Town Hall, on Tuesday, with reference to the death of George Hart Brown, aged 34 years, whose body was taken from the Medway on Sunday evening last, at 8 p.m., just below Mr Avery's boat house.

Caroline Amelia Brown, wife of the deceased, said he was an Army Reserve man, and she lodged with him at 17, Upper Stone street. She last saw him alive on Monday, the 18th last, at 2.30. Witness had only been married to him on the Monday previous. Deceased had been keeping holiday since he left the army three weeks ago. On the Saturday night previous to his decease her husband was in a very depressed mood. The same night he asked witness to jump into the river with him. He had not been drinking, nor did he complain of any pain. Deceased left home at 2.30 on the Monday, saying he would not be long before he returned, and kissed witness. Her husband had great trouble to gat his money from the army. He want for it several times, but could not get it when he wanted it. He had been out to India.

Francis David Goodsell, landlord at the "Grasshopper Inn," Sandling road, deposed that deceased was often in his house. He was last there on the evening of the 18th. He had between five and six pounds in his possession two or three days before. This he seemed to lose, and began pawning his goods.

George Simmonds and William Martin deposed to finding the body floating in the river opposite Mr Clifford's rope walk. A watch, chain, pipe and tobacco pouch were found on deceased.

Dr. Johnson deposed to examining the deceased, when he found death to be due to drowning.

An open verdict was returned by the jury.



LANE Edward 1840+

WOOLLETT Mrs Phoebe 1851-55 (age 36 in 1851Census)

WOLLETT Mrs Aug/1853+

WOLLETT Phoebe 1855-67+ (age 44 in 1861Census)

WRAITH Edward 1874+

HORDEN R 1882+

TOVEY Charles 1891+ (age 35 in 1891Census)

KETTLE Henry 1895+

GOODSELL Francis David 1896+

EDWARDS John 1901+ (age 29 in 1901Census)

RICHARDS Charles 1903+ Kelly's 1903



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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