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Lord Nelson

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62 Faith Street


Lord Nelson

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Former Lord Nelson 2007

Above photo some location as above, June 2007, by kind permission of Maidstone Museum.

Lord Nelson

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Former Lord Nelson location March 2010

Above photo some location as above, June 2007, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Lord Nelson print

Avove print taken from the book, "Old Country Inns of England."


From Calendonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday, July 28, 1817; Issue 14927.

Sunday, a child, belonging to Mr. White, of the "Lord Nelson" public-house, Maidstone, fell into the Medway, from Mason's Wharf. A poor man, standing at some little distance, who saw the accident, immediately jumped into the river, and succeeded in securing the child, and swimming with it to the shore, where it was soon completely recovered. The poor fellow who effected this deed of charity was "clothed in rags," but the compassionate by-standers instantly entered into a subscription, and raised a sum sufficient to procure him a decent suit of clothes, which they presented to him as a reward for his humanity.


From the Maidstone Gazette and East Kent Courier, 12 October, 1830.

Mysterious Death.

On Thursday last and inquest was held at the "Lord Nelson" in this town, before R. Tassell, Esq. the Mayor and Coroner, on the body of a young female Caroline Phipps, who was found drowned the preceding evening in the Medway, at a place called the Horse Wash. There being no evidence adduced to show how deceased came by her death, a verdict of Found Drowned was returned.


West Kent Guardian 22 April 1837.

Supposed Suicide.

On Monday, about 2 o'clock as some persons were pacing along the bank of the river they saw a bonnet and shawl on the towing path and shortly after the body of a woman floating with her clothes over her head. With the assistance of a man named Allard they drew the body out and conveyed it to the "Nelson" public house, St. Faith’s street, where it was immediately recognized as being that of a woman named Ellen Shilling who had been there half an hour before and had changed 6d.and gave her little girl a halfpenny and sent her home. Every means was tried to produce resuscitation without avail. The unfortunate creature's son was transported at the last sessions, since which she has been in a very depressed state of mind. She has left a husband and seven children to deplore the rash act.

Maidstone Journal.


Kentish Gazette, 7 August 1849.


Alland - Jury. July 30, at trinity church, Maidstone, Mr. Charles Alland, of Brighton, to Ann, daughter of Mr. E. Jury, landlord of the "Lord Nelson," St Faith's Street.


Kentish Gazette, 28 May 1850.

Coroner’s Inquest.

An Inquest was held on Saturday evening week, before F. F. Dally, Esq., at the "Lord Nelson," St. Faith-street, on the body of Elizabeth Jury, aged 47.

"Verdict," found drowned.


Kentish Gazette, 13 August 1850.


An inquest was held on Monday evening week, at the "Lord Nelson" public-house, St. Faith’s-street, before F. F. Dally, Esq., coroner, on the body of Jas. Isaac Farrant, who died on the Saturday previous while bathing in the Medway. It appeared that deceased was bathing near the Barracks, when he got into a hole near there and was drowned. He was taken out about an hour afterwards, but life was then extinct.

Verdict.— Accidentally drowned whilst bathing in the river Medway.


Local News on this day 29th November 1853.

An inquest was held on the evening of 22nd November, by T. H. Kipping at the "Lord Nelson," Faith Street, on the body of a young woman named Ellen Kirby, who was found in the river early that same day.

The witness Eliza White said she had know the deceased for eighteen months and she was with her in the preceding afternoon and morning, until 11 pm, and she did not appear to be unsettled. They only visited the High Street in the evening and each had a glass of brandy at the "Turk's Head" and afterwards a glass of port wine at the "Star." They then went to the "Ship" and each had a glass of stout. They also had some gin at the "Castle." The deceased appeared to be perfectly sober, when they parted! She had often stated, she should destroy herself, but did not say so, on that Monday evening, she had often said, if she did, she would jump in the river. She had been away for a month and returned on the Saturday before. The only reason, she had previously given for wanting to end her life, was that she liked a man very much, however she had not stated she was unhappy and was described as sometimes when sober "not quite right" and she said "strange things at times".

George Grimwood, a travelling musician, stated he had been to Aylesford on the Monday night, in the company of a young man Philip Beeney, where they had been playing. They left about half past nine and proceeded to the "Malta." They left there about eleven o'clock and walked along the towpath towards Maidstone, when they were just past the Paper Mill, his friend Philip Beeney found a ladies' velvet cloak on the towpath, near to the edge of the water. There was also a handkerchief, muff and fancy box. They thought someone had drowned herself and took the belongings to the police office, giving details of where they were found. On their way, they called for the landlord of the "Globe," where they lived. The policeman on seeing the clothes recognised them as belonging to Ellen Kirby. Philip Beeney confirmed the testimony of the previous witness. James Head, the policeman produced the clothes at the inquest, and confirmed that the two witnesses came to the station, with the landlord of the "Globe," and had informed him, that they were found near the Barracks, on the banks of the river. He recognised the muff as belonging to Kirby and informed the inspector, that he suspected that she had destroyed herself. After two refusals of assistance, he went with Richard Sunnuch and Judges to search the river. They obtained a boat and rowed down to the spot with drags and found the body after about five minutes. There were no marks on her body and her pockets were empty. Judges confirmed the testimony and said that he had previously taken her to the Gaol on the 10th August 1852, for making an attempt to jump off Maidstone bridge. He had known the witness for some years and was often intoxicated. John Kirby, the father of the deceased, said she was just 18 years of age and she had lived with him for the last three weeks and he knew she lived a disorderly kind of life. They had some gin together at the "Ship" on the previous evening at about nine o'clock and afterwards stated she was going home. She was a spirited girl but not intemperate in her habits and did not appear strange in any way.

The jury returned a verdict of "found drowned."


Kentish Gazette, 4 April 1854.

Supposed Infanticide.

An inquest was held on Thursday evening, before T. Kipping, Esq., coroner, at the "Lord Nelson Inn," St. Faith-street, on the body of a child, found dead, on the preceding day, in the river.

A rather intelligent lad, aged 12, named Thomas Dove, living in Inflexible-row, deposed that on Wednesday, about three o'clock, he and a companion were passing Mr. Balston's paper-mill, when they saw a bundle of rags floating in the river, near where the water runs out from the mill. He went down the bank, and got hold of it. The water was low, and the bundle touched the bottom. His companion laid it on the bank. It was tied up in a black rag, and then there was a white bag. They untied the bag, when the body of a child dropped out. A woman came along in a few minutes, who covered the rags over it.

Mr. Leney and Mr. Bryant also passed at the time. Mr. Leney told the woman to take the body to his house, which she did. Dove went afterwards to look for the rags, when he found the black one floating down the river, and the other on the bank. He got the black one out with his foot, and took it with the bag to Mr. Leney's home.

Lucy Heythorne, the wife of a waterman, the woman already mentioned, stated that as she was passing Mr. Balston's mill, the boys said they had found a body, and then threw stones to show her the spot. She sent one of the boys for a policeman, and then when Mr. Leney passed, she wrapped the body in her apron, and took it to Mr. Leney's house. Mr. Leney, surgeon, of Brewer-street, gave similar evidence. He had kept charge of the body till that evening, and had given the rags to Mr. Blundell, the superintendent.

He had made a post mortem examination. He concluded, on his first examination, that it was a full-grown child, recently born. He then examined it externally, but found no marks of violence, except a slight compression of the nose and mouth, which might have been caused before or after death, or by lying on the ground. The pressure was sufficient to cause death.

From the experiments he subjected the heart and lungs to, he had no doubt the child must have breathed. He knew that the birth must have been very recent, and that from want of the usual precautions, the haemorrhage resulting would have caused death. He could not say positively that the child was born alive. It was a female child. He should think the body would not have floated, and that it was thrown in where it was found.

Superintendent Blundell produced the rag and the bag. The bag appeared to have been hastily made. This being the whole of the evidence at present, the inquiry was adjourned.


Kentish Gazette, 11 July 1854.

Body found in the river.

On Thursday morning, about 11 o'clock, Captain Rose, the master of a barge, in passing by Mr. Benstead's quarry, saw something floating in the water, which proved to be the body of a man, very respectively dressed, and which appeared to have been in the water for some time. It was taken to the "Nelson Inn," to await an inquest.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 26 May 1860.


On Thursday evening on inquest was held it the "Lord Nelson," St. Faith-street, before T Kipping, Esq., coroner, touching the death of Eliza Wise, aged 15 years 6 months. The Coroner observed that they would not be able to conclude the inquest on that evening, but as the body had been in the water ten days, it was necessary to open an enquiry in order to be enabled to give an order for the burying of the body as soon as possible, he should therefore only take such evidence as would prove the finding of the body, and the inquest would then be adjourned until the following Tuesday. George Turner was the first witness examined, who deposed that about half-past ten o'clock that morning, whilst at work at Messrs Sutton and Vaughan's stone wharf, he saw something floating in the water, he got a pole and turned it over, when he saw the arm of the body, but was unable to see the face, as the dress covered the head. He procured assistance, and had the body conveyed to the above named house. Eliza Wise, living in St. Faith-street, the mother of the deceased, said that she had seen the body, but was quite unable to recognise it. She however knew it to be that of her daughter, from the description of clothing. The deceased who had been a domestic servant, and lived at Boughton, was brought home to her house on Sunday the 13th inst, by her master, she having left her place. She slept that night at home, but during the evening she had attempted to run away, and was brought back by the neighbours. On the following day (Monday) she appeared to be very quiet, and the last time witness saw her was about half-past six o'clock, at a neighbour's taking tea, named Allen. Police sergeant Hills deposed to taking charge of the body, caused it to be stripped, and the clothes were identified by the last witness as being those which the deceased had worn when she left home. In the pocket of her dress was found a black fall and an empty purse, which had been identified by deceased's mother, and also her brother. It was stated in evidence that she had borrowed 6d. to go to fair with on the same evening that it is supposed she had committed suicide. However, no decision as to the cause of death has as yet been arrived at, and the inquest is adjourned fur further investigation.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 2 June 1860.

Adjourned Inquest.

The inquest was resumed on Tuesday, at the "Lord Nelson," St. Faith's-street, upon the body of Eliza Wise, who was found in the river Medway, on the 24th instant. Several witnesses were examined; the purport of their evidence being to the following effect. The deceased had been for upwards of a month in the service of a Mr. Day, at Boughton Monchelsea, as we observed in our last; which place she left on Saturday, the 13th inst. The cause of her leaving was the fact that a letter had fallen into Mrs. Day's hands, deceased having dropped it in the house, which clearly shewed that she had been carrying on an improper intimacy with a fellow named Jury, an inmate of Coxheath Union; the letter contained most filthy matter, and the writer desired the deceased to give him a meeting near the "Wheat Sheaf." Mrs. Day, very properly, came to Maidstone, had an interview with Mrs. Wise, the deceased's mother, and placed the letter in her hands, stating that she must discharge the deceased. Mrs. Wise begged of her to keep her in her place a few days longer, until she could take measures to get her into a Reformatory. On Mrs. Day's returning home, deceased asked her if she had picked up a letter belonging to her, which she said she had. The deceased most strongly and positively denied that the subject of the letter was at all applicable to her, and Mrs. Day was induced to believe her, and intended to keep her for a time, and watch her behaviour. On the following Saturday, the 12th. Mrs. Day having occasion to go up stairs, found the deceased in the very act of writing a letter to Jury in which she requested him to deny the statement contained in his former letter, and to say to her master, or her father, if either called upon him, that the statements were untrue. Mr. Day, consequently, on Sunday, brought her home, and gave her in custody of her Mother; during the day she cried, and would not speak to her Father, whom she saw only for a few minutes. She went to the house of a neighbour, Mrs. Wraith, to whom she said, if she could get out of the front, her mother would not catch her again. She slept at home that night, and was among the neighbours children the next day. Her mother went out and locked the door, but deceased obtained a key, got her dress, and went to the fair. She was walking about the town, and staying at the "Phoenix" till about eleven o'clock, when she again went to the fair, having refused to go home. She subsequently walked about with a young man, who strongly advised her to go home, and he left her about three in the morning, in the High-street, she telling him that she should go to Mailing, or to Merreworth, where she had an aunt living, who wanted her to come and stay with her for a fortnight. She was seen no more alive. The Jury returned an open verdict of found drowned.


I believe this is currently (2017) operating under the simplified name of "Nelson's."



WHITE Mr 1817+

HARCOURT Sarah & Son 1826-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

GARDNER Martin 1830-32+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Maidstone Telegraph

JURY Edward 1840-51+ (age 55 in 1851Census)

WYARD Samuel 1858-67+ (age 65 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1867

ALAND Charles 1871-82+ (also iron founder in 1871Census widower age 66 in 1881Census)

ALAND Manoah 1891-1911+ (also engineering pattern maker age 50 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

KING Edward Peter 1913-22+

KING Ernest Edward 1930-38+


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

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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