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Earliest 1851-

Ten Bells

Latest Aug 1895

96 Upper Stone Street / 1 Knightrider Street


Ten Bells location 2015

Above Google image, July 2015, shows the location addressed at 92-100 Upper Stone Street.


There is another "Ten Bells" in nearby Leeds with the address of Stone Street. However, the address of 96 Upper Stone Street is certainly in Maidstone.


Southeastern Gazette, 26 July 1853.

Uttering Counterfeit Coin at Maidstone.

Margaret Young, 26, was indicted for uttering a counterfeit shilling, well knowing the same to be false and counterfeit, at Maidstone. Mr. Massey Dawson appeared for the prosecution.

The full particulars of the case appeared in last week’s Gazette. The prisoner, on the 30th June, went into the "Royal George" and "Twelve Bells" (sic) public-houses, and attempted to pass counterfeit sixpences, which were detected as bad, and she then paid with good money. On the following day the went to the "Sun" public-house, and in payment for a glass of beer she gave a bad shilling. Mrs. Ongley detected it as bad, and told prisoner of it. The prisoner denied knowing it was bad, and wished for it back again, but Mrs. Ongley kept it and afterwards gave it up to police-constable Beale. She also attempted to pass bad money at other houses in the town. Mr. Powell, inspector at the Mint, proved the shilling produced to be counterfeit.

The jury found the prisoner guilty and she was sentenced to six months' hard labour.


South Eastern Gazette 4 September 1860.


This being the general annual licensing day, the whole of the licenses were renewed.

Mr. J. Monckton then made application for new licenses to William Brewster, "British Queen," Sandling Road; Thomas Bodkin, "Ten Bells," Upper Stone Street; and Moeshac Gardiner, "Railway Bell," Hart Street. The applications were not opposed, but the magistrates refused all of them.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 8th September 1860.

Maidstone Petty sessions. Annual General licensing day.

Application for licences.

Mr. Thomas Bodkin, landlord of the "Ten Bells," upper Stone Street, also made an application for a licence. Mr. Monckton supported the application and presented a petition signed by 115 of his neighbour's.

Not granted.


Maidstone Telegraph 29 September 1866.


There were no less than six applications from beer sellers for spirit licenses.


Mr T. Goodwin appeared to support the application of Mr T. Bodkin, for a license to the "Ten Bells," Stone-street, and stated that Mr Bodkin had carried on the business of a beer seller for twenty years, and had applied no less than a dozen times for a license. The house afforded every accommodation for an inn, and no opposition was offered by the publicans in the district. Another fact was the peculiar night occupation of Mr Bodkin's men rendered it often necessary that they should partake of a little spirits.


The magistrates then retired to consult in private upon the implications, and upon their return the Mayor said that they had decided upon granting the license to the "Greyhound," Scrubs-lane, only.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 8 April 1890.

Violent Conduct.

William Scott was charged at the Police Court on Thursday morning, before the Mayor (Mr. J. Clifford) and Alderman R. Doe, with being disorderly on and refusing to quit the licensed premises of John Broomfleld, the "Ten Bells inn," Upper Stone Street. To the latter part of the charge prisoner pleaded not guilty. There was another charge against him of committing damage to glasses, pewter measures, and a glass door, to the value of 12s. He pleaded not guilty to this charge. There was a further charge of assaulting P.C. Burrows while in the execution of his duty at the same time and place.

From the evidence of Mary Broomfield it appeared that prisoner called for some beer, and wanted to be trusted, but as the landlady would not comply with this request he picked up three glasses and threw them at her. They missed her, but one went through a plate glass window. Prisoner then picked up the pewter pots and threw them over the counter and spoilt their shape. The constable was then called to eject him, and prisoner kicked him on the ankle and on the knee.

Evidence was called to corroborate this statement.

Supt. Dalton said prisoner had been in custody once, but there was no conviction.

Prisoner made a long statement in defence, but the Bench said he must consider himself fortunate that he was not there on a charge of man-slaughter, for there was no doubt that if either of those tankards had hit the complainant she certainly would not have been there to give evidence against him. He would be fined 6s and 7s costs, or seven days hard labour on the first charge. For refusing to quit the premises and for doing wilful damage he would be sentenced to seven days' hard labour, and for assaulting the constable 14 days, the sentences to run consecutively.

Prisoner was removed in custody, and had to be forcibly put into the cell.


Kent & Sussex Courier 23 August 1895.



Mr. F. Rundall, late of the "White Horse," Bearsted, made an application for the temporary transfer of the license of the "Ten Bells," Upper Stone-Street, until the annual licensing day.

Chief Constable Mackintosh said he thought it was only right that the applicant should know that he had been instructed to oppose the renewal of the license of this public house on account of the number of convictions there had been against the different tenants during the last twelve months.

The Mayor: Will that make any difference to your application?

Mr. Rundall; I don't think so, I have turned a rough house into a good one before.

The Magistrates retired to consider what action they should take in the matter, and on returning into Court, the Mayor said as there were convictions against the house, and the renewal of the license would be opposed on that day fortnight, they declined to exercise their jurisdiction. The application would therefore be refused.




BODKIN Thomas 1851-74+ CensusPost Office Directory 1862Post Office 1867Post Office Directory 1874(also Coal Merchant and Blacksmith, and manure seller age 57 in 1871Census)

BODKIN William 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census

PILBEAM Thomas 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

BROOMFIELD John H 1890-91+ Post Office Directory 1891


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891


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