Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2018.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1642-


Latest 1853-

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High Street



Situated in the High Street in the 16th century, the Royalists met here on the eve of the Civil War to discuss the Kentish petition. It also exists in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.

Queen Victoria came to the throne on 20 June 1837 and by 1840 it had gained its royal appointment and was called the "Royal Star Hotel."


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 22 October, to Wednesday 26 October, 1768. Price 2d.


At the “Star Inn,” at Maidstone, On Friday the 28th of October Instant.

A Freehold new built (Brick Front) Messuage or Tenement two Stories high, consisting of two Rooms on a Floor, with convenient Closets and Sash Windows in the Fore-Rooms, a Wash-House and finall yard and Garden, pleasantly situated in the best Part of the High Street in Maidstone aforesaid; and lately occupied by Mr. John Streatfield, gentleman deceased.

N.B. The sale will begin at Six o'Clock, and the Premises will be put up at 300.

For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Southouse, Attorney at Law at Maidstone, and Mr. Cherry who lives next Door to the Premises will shew the same.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday 13 May to Wednesday 17 May, 1769. Price 2d.


Notice is hereby given, that the first Meeting of the Trustees, appointed for the putting in Execution, an Act of Parliament entitled, “An Act for Repairing and Widening the Road from Maidstone through Debtling to Key-street, in the Parishes of Borden and Bobbing, in the County of Kent,” is, in the said Act, directed to be holden at the House of John Hollingworth, known by the Sign of the “Star,” in Maidstone aforesaid, on Thursday next the 18th of this Instant Month of May, at Eleven o'clock in the Forenoon, being the third Thursday in may 1769.


From the Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 26 April 1791.

STAR INN, Maidstone, April 19, 1791.

STEPHEN KENSLEY, having this day quitted the above Inn in favour of Mr. William Spratt, gratefully returns his sincere thanks to the Nobility, gentry, and Public in general, for the honour of their patronage so liberally conferred upon him during the time he possessed the same.

WILLIAM SPRATT, from the "Haunch of Venison," having this day entered upon the above Inn, most respectfully solicits the Nobility, Gentry, and Public in general, who have hitherto honoured Mr. Stephen Kemsley with their commands, will in future confer them upon him, by continuing their favours at the said Inn as heretofore. His unremitting endeavours will be exerted to give general satisfaction to them and his former friends, whom he most gratefully thanks for their past favours during his residence at the "Haunch of

"N.B. Neat Post-chaises, with able horses.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 January 1804. Price 6d.


A Very desirable Situation for Trade to be Sold by Private Contract, with immediate possession:— Consisting of A Freehold House, a large Shop, yard and garden, most desirably situated near the “Star Inn,” and the Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone.

The premises are in good repair— The proprietor is leaving off business, and has no objection to give immediate possession.

The land-tax is redeemed, and the greatest past of the purchase-money may remain on security, if required.

For further particular apply to Mr. William Green, Week-street, Maidstone.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 24 August 1810.


Capital First-Rate Inn, Tavern, Hotel, Assembly, and Posting-House, Maidstone, Kent,

With Immediate Possession—Land Tax Redeemed.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr. Burton, On Wednesday, 19th September, 1810, at 12 o'clock, at the Auction Mart, London, if not sooner disposed of by Private Contract. A singularly Valuable Freehold Estate, comprising that respectable and well established Inn—"The Star," at Maidstone, the property of Mr. Sprat, who is retiring from business. The premises are rendered particularly convenient to conduct a business with unusual facility, which has been a prominent feature in the concern for 150 years, and from unparalleled advantages of capability and situation must confidently ensure a continued respectable support. The premise are commodious, well connected, in very excellent repair, and capable of making up 36 best and 9 servants beds; numerous dining and drawing-rooms, of good proportion, a spacious handsome assembly room, a well frequented coffee room, requisite and well arranged servants apartments, commodious arched, and other cellaring; at a suitable distance in the yard is a Tap, or Public-House, which may be let off considerable advantage; excellent stalled and open stabling for 71 horses, enclosed coach-houses, spacious well timbered lofts, requisite out-building, and a large open yard, &c. with a convenient hack carriage entrance. The whole completely enclosed, and secured with folding-gates.

To be viewed by application to Mr. Burton, 62, Cornhill, of whom descriptive particulars may be had; particulars also on the Premises; at the "Bull," Wrotham; "Saracen's Head," Ashford; "White Hart," Hythe; "Royal Hotel," Dover; "Three Kings," Deal; "Royal Hotel," Margate; "King's Head," Canterbury; "George," Sittingbourne; "Crown," Rochester; "Bull and George," Dartford; "George," Borough; "Blossoms Inn," Lawrence-lane; Cross Keys, Wood-street; "Spacan Eaple," Gracechurch-street and at the Auction Mart, London.

N. B.—A part of the purchase-money may remain on mortgage, if required.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 30 May 1837.


On Wednesday se'nnight an inquest was held at the "Star Hotel," before Mr. F. F. Dally, coroner for Maidstone, on the body of John Marshall, aged 33, a pauper, belonging to the parish of Adisham. It appeared by the evidence of the assistant overseer, that the deceased had been taken into the Bridge Union workhouse, and being ill was admitted into the infirmary, but subsequently exhibited decided marks of insanity by very violent conduct, breaking windows, throwing furniture about, and spitting out his food, the medical officer signed a certificate for his removal to the Barming Heath Asylum. On Tuesday he was removed in the post-chaise, but on reaching the Asylum he could not be admitted, as it was already quite full, there being 176 patients. He was then taken to the "Star Hotel," Maidstone, where, appearing to be very ill, Mr. Kennett, surgeon, was called in, who found him labouring under the last symptoms or pulmonary consumption. He immediately ordered the strait waistcoat to be taken off, and nourishment to be administered. Notwithstanding every attention that could be paid the poor fellow, he rapidly sunk, and died in a few hours. In consequence of Mr. Kennett's statement that he saw no symptoms of insanity in the deceased, and that, i his opinion, he could not have been in a fit state to travel, the inquest was adjourned till Friday, and the master of the workhouse and the surgeon were summoned to attend.

On Friday afternoon the jury again assembled.

Mr. Andrews, surgeon, and Mr. Forth, master of the workhouse stated that the deceased appeared quite able to travel in a post-chaise to promote his comfort. It was also mentioned that the parish in which he belonged incurred a great additional expense by sending him to the Lunatic Asylum, and that the only motive for his being removed was that he might receive the attention which his case required. It seemed that no pains were spared by Mr. Forth and his wife to promote the comfort of the unfortunate man. The jury, after a careful enquiry, returned the following verdict: "That John Marshall came to his death by disease and debility, and that it was hastened by the journey, but that he had been treated with humanity and kindness both during and before the journey.


From the South Eastern Gazette, 22 January 1856.

Maidstone catch club.

The ordinary fortnightly concert of the society was held at the "Star Hotel" Assembly Room, on Thursday evening last, when the large room was filled by the members and country friends. The singers were Miss Ross, and her father, the well-known comic vocalist, whose songs have nearly split the sides of half London with laughter. The young lady acquitted herself creditably; but the attraction of the evening was the mimic and burlesque presentments of low life for which Mr. Ross is distinguished, and which were as successful in Maidstone as elsewhere. The music was good, and afforded entire satisfaction.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 08 April 1856.

Royal Star Hotel. High Street, Maidstone.

Mr. W. R. Pine, having taken the "Royal Star Hotel," thanks to inform the nobility, gentry, and inhabitants of Maidstone, and the neighbourhood, that he has made considerable alterations and improvements, and trusts, by strict attention to the wishes of those who may honour him with their patronage is, to secure that support which it will always be is endeavour to serve.



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.

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KENSLEY Stephen to 19/Apr/1791

Last pub licensee had SPRATT William 19/Apr/1791-1811+

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

SCOONS John 1840+

MURUSS Edward 1851-55+ (age 44 in 1851Census)

PINE William Rose Apr/1856-62+ (age 45 in 1861Census)

HUBBARD Stephen 1862+

KEELEY Joseph 1874-91+ (age 49 in 1891Census)


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

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



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