Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2022.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Tuesday, 20 December, 2022.


Earliest 1826-

New Inn & Railway Hotel

Latest 1945+

(Name to)

1 Sandling Road / 1 Boxley Road (Week Street Pigot's Directory 1832-34)


New Inn 1908

Above photo 1908.

New Inn 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

New Inn 1939

Above photo sjhowing a parade passing in 1939, by kind permission Roy Moore,

New Inn Randall flagonNew Inn Randall flagon

Above flagon circa 1830s.


Addressed also as at Week Street in 1826.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 March 1842.

Maidstone. Hop Dinner.

The annual hop dinner took place at the "New Inn," yesterday week. Upwards of sixty gentlemen sat down. The duty was laid upon the average against 150,000.


Kentish Gazette, 7 May 1850.

Sudden Death.

An inquest was held on Wednesday evening last, at the "New Inn," Week-street, before F. F. Dally, Esq., on the body of Margaret Collins, aged 38 years, who died suddenly on the 30th ult. She was the wife of Michael Collins, of the 10th Hussars, and gained her livelihood by washing. On the morning of the 30th April she came into the washhouse in the barracks, about nine o’clock, with a basket of clothes. She put the basket of clothes down and sat upon it, and leant her head on one of the tubs, but did not speak. She fainted, and would have fallen had she not been held up. Afterwards she asked once to wet her lips. About twenty minutes elapsed from the time she came in till she died. Deceased was there washing on the Thursday previous, when she was quite well. Dr. J. C. Minto, who was called in to deceased, not being able satisfactorily to account for the cause of death, made a post mortem examination, and found the vessels of the brain very much congested, and the right lung gorged with blood; the left lung was also in a similar state, but not so bad as the right.

Verdict, "Died from apoplexy in the lungs."


Kentish Gazette, 6 January 1852.


Randall:— Dec 23, at Maidstone, Anna Susanna, wife of Mr. W. Randall, of the "New Inn," aged 54.


Kentish Gazette, 14 September 1852.

MAIDSTONE. Fatal Accident at the Barracks.

We regret having to announce the death of Corporal Lodge, of the 9th Lancers, which resulted from his horse rearing and falling on him on Thursday week; the saddle struck the unfortunate man heavily on the chest. He died on Friday evening, and an inquest was held on the body, at the "New Inn," on Monday, by F. F. Dally, Esq.. borough coroner, when a verdict of accidental death was returned.


Kentish Gazette, 16 May 1854.


Randall:- May 9, at the "New Inn," Maidstone, the wife of Mr. William Randall, of a daughter.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 26 February 1859. Price 1d.


Several gentlemen, the friends of Mr. Randall, Sen., assembled at the above place of entertainment on Wednesday evening. Mr. Randall is about to leave the town, and his numerous friends met together to prove to him the great estimation in which he is seen in Maidstone. Mr. Randall was the landlord of the “New Inn” for a long period of years, and we believe that he is respected by persons of all classes. Continued wishes for his prosperity were reiterated, and it was not till late on Tuesday morning that the company separated.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 18 February 1860. Price 1d.


Near the Sessions House, Week Street, Maidstone.

W. Randall, Jun.

Begs to call the attention of the inhabitants of Maidstone and its vicinity to his Superior and Choice Stock of Wines and Spirits, which cannot fail to give satisfaction, having been selected with great care from the first markets.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 4th August 1860.

Maidstone Petty sessions.

George Wells, labourer was charged with assaulting Police Sergeant Fisher, of Chatham, on the previous evening.

The prisoner and another man were quarrelling at the "New Inn," when Sergeant Fisher who had come to Maidstone to the Assizes was called to assist in quelling the disturbance. They left the house, but had not proceeded far, when the prisoner commenced the second attack upon the other man, by knocking him down in the road.

Fisher upon seeing this endeavoured to part then, when he was struck by the prisoner.

He was fined 1 and 7s. costs and in default 21 days.

Committed in default.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 26, December 1873.

An Extension of Time Granted to Publicans.

At the Maidstone Petty Sessions, on Saturday last, before G. Ellis, Esq., ex-Mayor, D. S. White, G. Edmett, and W. Haynes, Esqrs., Mr C. G. Long, of the "New Inn," made an application on behalf of 43 licensed victuallers for an extension of one hour on Christmas-eve. A similar application was granted last your, and he trusted that would be a precedent for acceding to the present one. The Bench granted the required permission.


Kentish Gazette, 8 February 1876.


Ellen Maria Stewart, a middle-aged female, was charged with having, after the hour of 9 p.m. on the 3rd instant, maliciously smashed a window, valued at 10, at the "New Inn," Maidstone. The prisoner entered the house and applied to be served with some liquor, but, as she was drunk, she was refused, and ultimately ejected. Shortly afterwards a terrific crash was heard and the prisoner was detected in the act of throwing stones at the window, which was smashed. She also threatened, with a oath, to break every window in the house. The magistrates committed her for trial at the next Borough Quarter Sessions, and in the meantime ordered her to undergo a month's hard labour for being drunk and disorderly in a public thoroughfare.



When the London, Chatham and Dover Railway opened here in 1874 the pub changed name to the "New Inn and Railway Hotel." I am not sure how long that lasted as it later changed name to the "Wig and Gown."


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.



RANDALL William Mr 1826-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RANDALL William 1851-62+ (age 36 in 1861Census)

CLEAVE Robert 1901+ (age 34 in 1901Census)

LONG Charles Grey 1867-82+ Post Office Directory 1867

BOURNE Ellen J 1891+ (age 33 in 1892Census)

CLEAVE Robert 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CARTER Arthur Henry 1911-18+ (age 35 in 1911Census)

GINMAN Thomas 1922+

THOMAS Albert James 1930+

ROBINSON Aylmer St John 1938+


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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