Sort file:- Maidstone, April, 2022.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Monday, 18 April, 2022.


Earliest 1866-


Closed July 1917

(Name to)

16 Queen's Road (Scrubs Lane 1866)



Maidstone Telegraph 29 September 1866.


There were no less than six applications from beer sellers for spirit licenses.

The first was that of Mr C. Howe, of the "Greyhound," Scrubs lane.

Mr J. Monckton appeared for the applicant, and said that as there were several magistrates on the bench that day who were not present on a previous occasion, he would briefly detail the facts in connection with the application. In 1862, on the application of Mr Whitehead, a license was granted to the "Greyhound" which was renewed in 1863, but in the following year Mr Whitehead died. At the end of 1861 the widow of Mr Whitehead had the license renewed in the name of her husband, but he being then dead the license could not be acted upon, she was then compelled to sell under her beer license alone. The house was subsequently let to another landlord, whose application for the renewal of the license last year was refused. He then could not understand upon what grounds; he, however, had ascertained since that the magistrates had decided in consequence of various circumstances which were in their possession. He trusted, however, now that the house was tenanted by a most respectable landlord, and no complaints alleged against it, that they would be pleased to grant a renewal of the licence. Mr Monckton then read a memorial signed by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.


The magistrates then retired to consult in private upon the implications, and upon their return the Mayor said that they had decided upon granting the license to the "Greyhound," Scrubs-lane, only.


From the Courier, 13 July 1917.


The West Kent Compensation Authority met at the Sessions House, Maidstone, on thersday. Mr. Coles Child presiding.

The renewal of the license of the “Greyhound,” fully licensed house, Queens Road, Maidstone, was opposed by Mr. Ellis on behalf of the Justices. The owners are Messrs. Jade, Hanbury and Co., Wateringbury, and the tenant Frederick John Stephens.

The police evidence was to the effect that the house was redundant. There had been four transfers since 1912, which pointed to the house not being required.

Mr. Fletcher, for the owners, elicited that the house was over a thousand yards from the nearest house, and that it served eighty-eight houses in a rural part of the Borough. The average trade was three and a half barrels a week and 30 gallons of spirits per year.

Mr. James H. French, a member of the Town Council, living in that particular neighbourhood, stated that the “Greyhound” was filling a useful purpose.

The Committee refused to renew the license.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licencees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Greyhound," Queens Road, Maidstone. Publicans. Frederick John Stevens. Jude, Hanbury and Co,. Wateringbury.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

The "Greyhound" public house, Queens Road, Maidstone 1,368 - 1,198 for the owners (Jude Hanbury and Co,) and 170 for the tenant, (Mr. Frederick John Stevens.)



After closure it later became the Barming Heath Workmen's Institute, and then in 1969 reverted to a pub again called the "Saxon Chief."



WHITEHEAD William 1861+ (age 44 in 1861Census)

WHITEHEAD C Mr 1862-64 dec'd


???? 1864+

HOWE C Mr 1866+

MARTIN Thomas 1874+

RICHARDS Emma M 1881-91+ (widow age 55 in 1881Census)

GILBERT John 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BRYANT Charles 1913+

STEPHENS John Frederick to July/1917



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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