Sort file:- Maidstone, November, 2022.

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Earliest 1600s

Nag's Head

Latest ????

76 (37 in 1861Census) Week Street


Nag's Head 1887

Above photo, 1887.

Nag's Head 1940s

Above photo, circa 1940s.


This is a 17th century pub situated on what is referred to as the east side.

Mentioned in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.


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.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 11 December 1827.

On 24th November 1826, a man named Henry Britter, living at Boxley left a donkey at the door of the "Nags Head" public house, Maidstone. On going out of the house a few minutes afterwards he missed the donkey, which had on it a sack, containing a coat, 2 Guernsey jackets, 6lbs of bacon, 2lbs of sugar, and other articles, but the thieves escaped detection until very lately.

On the 28th November last E. Pooley, a constable of Maidstone, apprehended a young man named Samuel Coulter; on the 4th December he took John Harper, and on the 5th George Green. Coulter confessed his having been concerned with Green and stealing the donkey, and stated that after the robbery they told Harper of it, and employed him to pawn the coat, which he did to Mrs Woodhurst of St. Faith's Green. Mrs. Woodhurst proved that the the coat was pledged with her in the name of Harper. The prisoners were examined before J. Argyls, Esq., on Friday last.

There being no evidence against Green but that of Coulter, he was discharged, but Caulter was committed to take his trial with the sessions for the robbery, and Harper for receiving the coat knowing it to have been stolen.


Kentish Chronicle, 14 April 1829.


April 6, Mr. John Hills, of the "Nag's Head," Maidstone, ages 65.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 21 December 1861.


On Tuesday evening last one of the Serjeants of the Maidstone Cavalry Depot committed a most desperate assault on Miss Hills, landlady of the "Nag's Head Inn," Week Street.

He was given into custody, and on the following morning was taken before the magistrates, and remanded till (this day) Saturday, bail being accepted for his appearance.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 28 December 1861.

William Purvis, a sergeant in the 17th Lancers, with three medals on his breast, was charged with having assaulted Police-constable Brooke.

It appeared from the constable's statement that he was called to the "Nags Head" public house, to eject the defendant, who was making a disturbance, and on getting outside the defendant who was so drunk as not to know what he was about, committed the assault complained of.

The defendant admitted the charge, and expressed his sorrow for what had occurred, but he had met with a friend who had given him two glasses of raw whiskey, and having been an abstainer it overcame him.

Garrison Sergeant-major Harpur stated that the defendant joined the Maidstone garrison, from his regiment in India, about 18 months ago, and since that time he had always been a highly respectable and temperate man, and a good non-commissioned officer.

Superintendent Blundell stated that the Captain and Adjutant Miller had wished him to convey to the bench of similar character of the defendant.

The magistrates taking all these circumstances into account inflicted the mitigated penalty of 10s. and 6s. costs.



HILLS John 1826-6/Apr/29 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29

HILLS Ann 1830-62+ (age 55 in 1851Census) Maidstone Telegraph

RANDALL William 1845 (owner)

HILLS Mrs Ann 1832-55+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LOCKYER George Henry 1867-Sept/93 (also grainer & writer age 67 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1867

LOCKYER Adolphe (son) Sept/1893-1903+ Kelly's 1903

PARKS George 1911-30+ (age 41 in 1911Census)

CHAPMAN Maurice H 1938+


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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