Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2023.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Tuesday, 12 December, 2023.


Earliest 1840-

Rising Sun

Closed 2010

22 Marsham Street


Rising Sun 2009

Above photo June 2009.

Rising Sun

Above photo, date unknown by Stephen Harris.


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.


I am informed by Rob Earl that by 2014 the premises has been converted into flats.


Rising Sun 2014

Above Google image, June 2014.


Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 8 December 1849.


On Tuesday last, an inquest was held at the "Rising Sun," Marsham-street, before F. K. Dally, Esq., coroner, on the body of a child named Edward Bunyar, aged six years, who, with his parents, lived in Astley street, and whose death, which took place on the previous Sunday, was caused from injuries from burning. From the evidence it appeared that at about eleven o’clock on the morning of Friday, the 23rd alt., Mrs. Bunyar, deceased's mother, having to be absent from home a few moments, left deceased, with a child in a cradle, in one of the rooms of the house. She had scarcely quitted the premises when deceased, having previously had an apple given to him, tied it to a string attached to a piece of wood, which he attempted to fix in a hole over the fire-place. In so doing, however it is supposed he got too near the fire; his clothes ignited, and he was speedily enveloped in flames. His cries for assistance being heard by Mr. Prance, surgeon, who happened to be passing, that gentleman promptly went to his aid, and, the flames being extinguished, ordered such applications and internal stimulants, as from the nature of the case were most proper to be administered, but, unfortunately, without effect, as deceased died on Sunday morning. It was stated by the mother, that some time since a guard had been kept before the fire; but, owing to the children getting on the top of it, and on one occasion falling from thence onto the grate, it was discontinued. The witnesses having been examined, the jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."


Faversham Gazette, 29 November, 1856.


On Monday an inquest was held at the "Rising Sun," Marsham-street, before T. Kipping, Esq., borough coroner, touching the death of an aged female named Mary Gascoigne, about 83 years old. It appeared that Mrs. Gascoigne lived in a house by herself in Tufton-street, preferring to do so, but her wants and whatever comforts she required were well attended to by her relatives. Up to the evening before her death, she had no one to wait upon her but the family of her son, Mr. G. Gascoigne, coal dealer, also of Tufton-street, when a little girl was engaged to make her fire and clean up the house. On Saturday morning the old lady was discovered dead in bed; and on Mr. Allwork, surgeon, attending, he found that she was lying in a natural position, and did not appear to have moved from the position in which she had first arranged herself for sleep.

Verdict, "Natural death."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 29 March 1859.

To Innkeepers and Others.

The "Rising Sun," Marsham Street, Maidstone, to be let.

This assignees to the Estate of Mr. G. Merrony has instructed Mr. F. F. Cobb to Dispose of the Stock, Household Furniture, Fixtures, &c., by fair valuation, to any one who is disposed to become the Tenant of the "Rising Sun." The tenancy is subject to the approval of Messrs. Brenchley and Co. The valuation will be like.

Further particulars by applying to Mr. F. F. Cobb, 39, Earl Street, Maidstone.


South Eastern Gazette, 14 February, 1860.

Transfer of Licenses.

At the Maidstone Police Court, on Saturday, before the Mayor (J. C. Stephens, Esq.), and C. Ellis, Esq., the following transfers of licenses were made.

The "Rising Sun," Marsham-street, from Alfred Stroud, to John Cobb.


South Eastern Gazette, 24 April, 1860.


On the 21st inst., at Sandling-road, Maidstone, Mr. George Merrony, for twenty years landlord of the "Rising Sun Inn," Marsham-street, aged 52.





MERRONY George 1840-58+ (also Coal Merchant age 41 in 1851Census)

STROUD Alfred to Feb/1860 Maidstone Telegraph

COBB John Feb/1860-67+ (age 32 in 1861Census) Maidstone TelegraphPost Office Directory 1867

DAVIS Thomas 1871+ (also bricklayer age 50 in 1871Census)

BROWN James 1874-81 (age 49 in 1881Census)

AKHURST Henry 1882+

WILLMORE Edward T 1891+ (age 33 in 1891Census)

BRATTON James 1899+

BARDEN Charles 1901-04+ (also bricklayer age 44 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PELLING John William 1911-22 (age 33 in 1911Census)

WILSON H 1930+

CLARK Albert Chas J 1938+


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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