Sort file:- Maidstone, March, 2021.

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Earliest 1858-

Jolly Sailor

Latest 1866+

(Name to)

50 High Street



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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.

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From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 15 June 1861.


Before the Mayor (C. Ellis. Esq) and H. Argles, Esq.

Mary Ann Stroud, the landlady of the "Jolly Sailor" beer shop, High Street, was placed at the bar charged, under the information of Mr. Superintendent Blundell, with having been found drunk and fighting in the High Street, on the 15th inst.

P.C. Grigsby deposed that at about a quarter past eight o'clock p.m. on the 11th inst., he saw a large crowd of persons near the shop of Mr. William Lawrence, high street. When he got there he found the celebrated Miss Stroud, fighting with another respectable young lady, who directly she caught sight of him thought it advisable to make her escape lest she should be known to him too well.

The Superintendent said that the conduct of the prisoner, Stroud was disgraceful, and that the language was abominable, and of the most filthy description. A former conviction was put in, which proved that she had been convicted of a similar offence. The Mayor who convicted her in the full penalty of 20s. and costs, and in default of payment to stand committed for the space of 14 days, telling her that if she ever appeared in that court again for the like offence, she would be convicted in the full penalty provided by law.

The fine was paid.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 6 October 1866.

David Jones was charged with stealing the shirt and writing desk the property of John Bannon.

Prosecutor deposed that he went in company with prisoner to the "Wellington" public house for lodging, and gave the prisoner his bundle containing the above articles to give to the "woman in charge" to take care of them. Prisoner afterwards obtained the things and went and took lodgings at the "Jolly Sailor."

Elizabeth Lincoln proved to giving up the shirt and desk to prison, believing they were his property, as he had originally given them into her custody.

P.S. Phipps said that he apprehended the prisoner at the "Jolly Sailor," where he found the writing desk laying on the table.

Prisoner was dismissed with a reprimand to be more careful in future.



HIGHSTEAD Henry 1858+

STROUD Mary Ann 1857-61+ (age 38 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1867


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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