Sort file:- Maidstone, August, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Monday, 02 August, 2021.


Earliest 1852-

Papermaker's Arms

Open 2020+

129-131 (99) Upper Stone Street


01622 200051

Papermaker's Arms 1967

Above photo, circa 1967, kindly sent by Andrew Gadd.

Papermaker's Arms 1967

Above photo, circa 1967, kindly sent by Andrew Gadd.

Papermaker's Arms 2014

Above photo by Roy Moore 24 July 2014.

Papermaker's Arms sign 1990

Above sign 1990.

Papermaker's Arms sign 2014Papermaker's sign 2014

Above signs 2014.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 13th October 1860.

Maidstone Petty sessions.

John Smith, labourer, was charged with assaulting Margaret Hilda.

The prisoner went to the "Papermakers Arms" on the previous evening, where he first assaulted of a man and then rushed into where the complainant was sitting, and without a word of provocation on her part, struck her a violent blow on the breast and another on her eye, lacerating her face to a considerable extent.

He now said he was not guilty and knew nothing about it.

He, however, was fined 40s. and costs, and in default 1 month's hard labour.


From Maidstone Telegraph 28 April 1866.


These sessions were opened on Friday, before the Recorder ( Sir W. B. RIDDELL, Bart. ), at the Town Hall, MAIDSTONE.

THOMAS WOOD was charged with stealing wearing apparel, value 5 14s, the property of MR. WISE, landlord of the PAPERMAKERS' ARMS, Upper Stone-street, MAIDSTONE.

Twelve months' hard labour.


From the By Luke May, 8 October 2019.

The Papermakers Arms' landlord Robert Walters dies after nearly 30 years pulling pints in Maidstone.

A well-known landlord seen behind various bars since the early 1990s, has died.

Robert Walters ran various pubs around Maidstone, most recently the "Papermakers Arms" in Upper Stone Street.

Robert Walters

Robert 'Bob' Walters ran pubs in and around Maidstone.

The father-of-four grew up in Allington and spent the 1980s working as an electrician at Aylesford Paper Mills.

By the early 1990s he was managing pubs in and around Maidstone including "Cooper's Cask," The "Druids Arms" and The "Rose" in Tovil.

Soon after he started work with Nigel Babbington-Brown at Maidstone Snooker Club in Buckland Hill, where he'd spend the next 10 years.

From there he moved to the "Style and Winch" on Union Street, finally buying his own lease and running The "Papermakers Arms" until leaving in 2011.

On September 17 Robert 'Bob' Walters passed away after a long battle with illness. He was 54.

Robert Walters

Robert 'Bob' Walters ran pubs in and around Maidstone.

Bob's brother Mark shared some memory's of the former electrician: "When we were very young, I was about five and Rob must have been about three, I fed him some laburnum seeds in the garden. Apparently they're poisonous and he was rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped.

"A few years later, whilst on a family holiday, Rob and I were fishing in a nearby river. He was upstream from me when I heard a splash. He had fallen in and could not swim. As he drifted past me I just managed to grab him and pull him out. Not the last time I would save him."

Friend Hasley Baker added: "Bob was well known in the Maidstone community, much loved and will be missed by all who knew him."

A funeral will be held this Thursday at Vinters Crematorium at 2.45pm.

The wake is at Newnham Court.



WISE Samuel 1858-67+ (also printer age 34 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1867

SUDDS Caroline Mrs 1874-81+ (widow and lodging house keeper age 48 in 1881Census)

MASON Charles 1891+ (age 58 in 1891Census)

DANN Charles 1899+

MASON Charles 1901-03+ (age 68 in 1901Census)

NEWTON Robert 1904+

STROBRIDGE Harry 1911-30+ (age 39 in 1911Census)

LINGHAM Sidney 1938+

GOODBODY William C 1939+ (age 52 in 1939)

OVENDON-ROGERS Harry & Mary ????

GADD David H 1966-1968

Last pub licensee had WALTERS Robert to 2011



Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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