Sort file:- Maidstone, March, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest ????

Little Star

Latest ????

31 (2) Woollett Street / 33 Brewer Street


Little Star

Above postcard, date unknown, from Paul Narramore. Also showing the "Ancient Druid's" same side, tall building.

Former Little Star 2015 perhaps

Above Google image July 2015, showing what I believe to be the pub. Is that a beer hatch under the window? Although the house is now numbered 43 Woollett Street it is certainly on the corner with Brewer Street, although 33 indicates another building. Road renumbering would explain 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 24th November 1863. Information from Philippa Jane.

Ceila Richardson applied that George Bowes might be bound over to keep the peace towards her, as she was in danger of her life. It appeared from the evidence of the complainant, that Bowes had been to a beershop, kept by his brother on Sunday 22nd November and created a disturbance, and had done so on several occasions before. Bowes visited the house while she was out for a walk, and on her return she heard "high words" used between William Bowes (to whom she was housekeeper), the defendant and another man, concerning herself and she heard the defendant distinctly say he would "do something" for her. The quarrel afterwards became more fierce and the complainant was compelled to keep herself from the presence of the defendant altogether.

The defendant said the complainant lived with his brother, by whom she had several children, and finding that the family belonging to his first wife was used cruelly by the complainant, he had sometimes called his brother's attention to it and had so on the day in question.

The defendant then narrated at great length certain facts, from which it appeared that the complainant and his brother lived together as man and wife, she having deserted her own husband, which seemed to have occasioned much anxiety to several members of defendant's family.

He had never used any words which would show that he entertained malicious intentions against the complainant, and in answer to the Bench, said he would promise not to interfere with her at all.

The Bench remarking that whatever occurred between the complainant and his brother's children had nothing to do with him.


Interestingly the 1861 census shows William Bowes living with Celia Richardson at St Peter's Street, Maidstone, she is described as his cousin and they have eight children between them. His occupation at this time, a bricklayer. By the 1871 census, the census gives their status as married and his occupation as bricklayer and "Little Star" Beer Shop, and their address as 33 Brewer Street/2 Woollett Street.



CHILDS Charles 1858+

BUTLER George 1861+ (age 73 in 1861Census)

BOWES William 1867-71+ (also bricklayer Post Office Directory 1867)

SAXBY George 1882+


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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