Sort file:- Maidstone, December, 2023.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 10 December, 2023.


Earliest 1476


Latest 1870+

87 High Street


Swan painting 1800s

Above painting by unknown artist 1800s.


Above photo, date unknown. Les Swaffer tells me this was the "Swan" in St. Peter's Street.


Mentioned as "Le Swan" as early as 1476, but dismantled in 1852. This was  a Commercial Inn, Hotel and Coach Office, on the south side. It also exists in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.


Kentish Chronicles, 9 October, 1795.

Early on Sunday morning last, a man and woman, who had slept the preceding nights at the "Swan Inn" in Maidstone, decamped with a bundle of wearing apparel which had been left in the room. They were immediately pursued and some miles on the London Road, and the bundle, which had been thrown over a hedge, found nearly opposite the spot where they were stopped. They were committed for trial at the next quarter sessions.


Kentish Gazette 22 May 1801.

On Thursday last, died Mr. Thomas Smith, of the "Swan Inn," in Maidstone.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 9 March 1830.

Swan Inn, and commercial House, Maidstone.

B. Kenneth, having commenced in the above very old established Inn, respectfully ensures his friends and the public, who might honour him with their support, that the utmost attention shall be paid to their wishes, and he trusts, buy a selection of wines and spirits &c., of the first quality and moderate charges, to ensure their patronage.

Commercial Gentlemen will meet with every accommodation, and their comforts in every way studied. Good beds and convenience stabling. Coaches to and from London, conducted in a very superior style, performed by Nelson, Kennett, and Company.

Vans and other conveyances to and from all places of the County.

A Horse and Chaise to let.


Southeastern Gazette, 14 June 1853.


June 10, at the "Swan Inn," High-street, Maidstone, Mr. John Pilce, aged 55 years.


Southeastern Gazette, 2 August 1853.

Friday. (Before W. Hills and T. Hyde, Esq.)

The license of the "Swan Inn" was transferred to Mrs. Pike.



It appears that today (2017) a very similar location would now stand the "Brenchley."


Swan location 2017

Above Google image, Apr 2017.


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.


South Eastern Gazette, 27 March, 1860.

Sudden Death.

Mr. Bishop Kennett, an old inhabitant of Maidstone, died yesterday (Monday), in a very sudden manner. He had latterly been lodging at the "Dog and Bear Inn," King-street, during the absence of his wife at Hastings, and retired to rest shortly before ten o’clock on Sunday night, apparently in his usual health, excepting that a cough, to which he was subject, had appeared somewhat more troublesome for the last day or two. Not making his appearance next morning, Mrs. Jeffrey, the landlady, entered his room, at about 12 o’clock, and found him lying dead upon the floor. He was partially dressed, and appeared to have been in the act of shaving when he fell; not the least sign of struggling was observed. The deceased, formerly proprietor of the "Old Swan Inn," Maidstone, was one of the few remaining representatives of the palmy coaching days, having for many years been proprietor and driver of one of the fast coaches between Maidstone and London, and subsequently of omnibuses running between Maidstone and Rochester. He was about 67 years of age, and his death is supposed to have resulted from apoplexy. The coroner (T. Kipping, Esq.), has deemed it unnecessary to hold an inquest.




SMITH Thomas to May/1801 dec'd

SMITH Ann 1811+

PARRY/PARLY David 1826-30+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

KENNETT Bishop 1832-40+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PIKE J 1851+

PIKE Mrs Mary Aug/1853-55+



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

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


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-