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Earliest 1826-

Jolly Waterman

Latest 1863

(Name to)

27 Earl Street / Havlock Lane



Identified as being located on Earl Street on the corner of Havelock Lane, as early as 1826. The pub changed name to the "Crown" in 1863.


Kentish Gazette, 21 August 1849.

MAIDSTONE. Inquest. Melancholy Accident.

On Wednesday evening last, an inquest was holden at the "Jolly Waterman" public-house, Earl-street, on the-body of Francis Hounslow, aged 42, who died under the following circumstances:— Deceased, who was in the employ of Mr. Daniel Knight, coal merchant, of this town, had, on Monday last, been employed, together with another person named Hills, in carting some coals. On their return, and when in St. Faith's street, deceased, who was at the time in a state of intoxication, stood up in the cart and held the horses’ reins. Being unable to stand uptight he fell to the right hand side of the cart, and on his getting up from that side fell to the other, and in endeavouring to seat himself on the side of the cart overbalanced himself and fell over, his head falling under him as though he had fallen on the back part of his neck. Hills with others went to his assistance and conveyed him home. Mr. Otley, surgeon, was sent for and on his arrival he bled deceased and ordered the proper remedies to be applied, but without success.

A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.


Kentish Gazette, 24 September 1850.

Till Robbery.

On Monday evening last about 5 o'clock some dexterous thief managed to extract the till from the bar of the "Jolly Waterman" public house. It contains about 8 shillings in silver and copper.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday, 1st January, 1859. Price 1d.

Mary Whalley, charged with stealing a tumbler, the property of Richard Mainwaring, landlord of the "Jolly Waterman Inn, Maidstone.

P.C. Rhodes stated that as prisoner was coming from the bar, he took the glass tumbler from her, now produced. He then took her into custody.

Prosecutor said that on the evening in question witness brought him the tumbler, and he identified it as his property.

The prisoner, who appeared much distressed, applied to his Lordship for mercy. Having been convicted on three previous occasions, prisoner was sentenced to four years' penal servitude.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 21 January,1860. Price 1d.


(Before the Mayor, J. C. Stephens, Esq. and R. Cooper, Esq.)

During the morning business, a person entered the court, giving the name of McSheen, and made the following statement. He said I am a hawker, and staying at the “Jolly Waterman” public-house Earl Street. On the previous evening in consequence of a slight dispute with a man named Barnard Carr, and who was also a hawker staying at the same house, he knocked him down, and his wife seizes him by the throat, and would, no doubt, and succeeded in strangling him, had not assistance been at hand.

The complaint was questioned at some length, when a warrant was issued for the offenders, and a police constable being dispatched for their apprehension, they were at once placed at the bar.

It appeared fro the evidence of the complainant whose face bore evident marks of having received some very rough usage on the previous evening the male prisoner immediately threw him down, and whilst he was lying on the floor kicked him about the head. The female prisoner fixed him by the throat and nearly strangle him, “he was sure they meant to murder him” had not assistance been procured.

Peter McSheen, son of complainant, corroborated his father's statement, and a person named Wright deposed to separating the complainant from the prisoners, who were beating him, added that he received a blow from Carr in endeavouring to do so.

His Worship said that the assault was one of a most violent and unjustifiable character adding that the male prisoner ought to have known better than to have assailed a man much older than himself. He should therefore fine him 50s. and 7s. costs, and the female prisoner 10s. and 7s. costs.

The money was paid.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 18 February, 1860.

A Public House to Let, the "Jolly Waterman," Earl Street, Maidstone. Apply to George Body, Earl Street, Maidstone.

{I believe this was also referred to as a beer-house during that time. Paul Skelton.}


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 25th August 1860.

Maidstone Petty sessions. Saturday.

Before H. Argles, Esq. (in the chair) and A Randall, Esq.

Harriet King, a pretty looking girl, belonging to what is termed the unfortunate class, was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

P.C. Rhodes said, this morning, at about a quarter before 2 o'clock, the prisoner, who was intoxicated, was with other females, at the "Jolly Waterman," Earl Street. He heard the landlord persuading her to go away, and upon his remonstrating with her she laid down upon the pavement.

She was fine 5s. and 5s. costs.

The money was paid.


South Eastern Gazette 04 September 1860.


This being the general annual licensing day, the whole of the licenses were renewed, with the exception of those of the "Jolly Waterman" and the "King's Arms," both in Earl street. With reference to those two houses, the Chairman remarks that from circumstances which had transpired the licenses would be suspended till the adjourned licensing day.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 8th September 1860.

Maidstone Petty sessions. Annual General licensing day.

This was the annual licensing day. The licences of the "Kings Arms" and "Jolly Waterman" were suspended to 2nd September.

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 25 May 1861.

Benefit Societies.

The oldest society in the town, the Old Jolly Waterman club, as it is called, did not hold their usual anniversary. This club musters nearly 400 members, and has an excellent stock. During the past year these several societies have expended very large sums of money in sick payments, but notwithstanding this we are glad to learn they are all in a flourishing state.


From Maidstone Telegraph 12 September 1863.



On the application of the respective landlords, the signs of the following houses were altered as under:- The "Jolly Waterman," Earl-street, to the "Crown".



BARNETT Charles 1826-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Maidstone Telegraph

RAYFIELD James 1855+

BARNET Sarah 1851+ (widow age 59 in 1851Census)


KENNARD John 1858+

MAINWARING Richard 1859+

MANNERING Jane 1861+ (Inn Keepers Wife age 62 in 1861Census)

PEARCE Edward 1862+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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