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Two Brewers

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99 Weak Street



Kentish Gazette, 6 August 1850.

Stealing from the Person.

Elizabeth Baker, 27, for stealing a watch and a half sovereign, the property of James Hammond, from his person, at Maidstone. On Sunday, 17th of March, the prosecutor went with the prisoner to the "Two Brewers," public house, in Maidstone, where he went to sleep. On Awakening, in an hour after, he missed his watch, and the prisoner was gone. On the next evening the prisoner showed the watch (which had the name of the prosecutor engraved on it) to a female name Richmond, who lodged with her. The watch was found at the house of a man named Bolton, who had been convicted of receiving it, knowing it to have been stolen. Prisoner, who had been before convicted of felony, was sentenced to 6 months' hard labour.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 1 January, 1859. Price 1d.


John Bigg, 42, was charged with assaulting Police-Sergeant Hills, while in the execution of his duty on the 25th instant.

Sergeant Hills said, that on Sunday morning last, about 10 o'clock, he met the landlord of the “Two Brewers” public house, who told him that the defendant, who had been his potman, was very abusive to him, and he requested witness to proceed to the house for the purpose of getting him out. On his arrival at the house, he found the defendant in the tap room, and on requesting him to leave the house, the defendant swore he would not go. Witness, however, caught hold of the defendant for the purpose of putting him out of the room, when a scuffle ensued, and with the assistance of another constable the prisoner was at length handcuffed and conveyed to the police station in a hand cart, having obstinately refused to walk.

Superintendent Blundell stated that the prisoner came from Lenham, and was a very disorderly character, particularly so when intoxicated. He had been in gaol several times for assault.

Fined 10s., and costs 6s. Money paid.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 25th August 1860.

Sudden Death.

On Thursday a woman named Elizabeth Baker suddenly expired. The deceased, who was about 40 years, shortly before 12 o'clock went to the "Two Brewers" public house, sat down for a few minutes and complained slightly of illness, but got up again and went into the back yard. She, however, has not preceded far before she fell. Prompt assistance was rendered and deceased was conveyed into the house. Mr. Sanders surgeon, was sent for, but before that gentleman had arrived life was extinct, the deceased having expired in about five minutes after she fell.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 18 May 1861.

Maidstone Petty sessions.

Thomas Hearnden, the landlord of the "Two Brewers Inn," Week Street, was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of liqueurs on Sunday 28th April last.

Mr. Goodwin appeared on the part of the defendant.

P.C. Brooks said that at half past 11 o'clock on the morning of 28th April he knocked at the door of the "Two Brewers," and after a few minutes, he heard someone inside call out "Look alive, chaps, there's a policeman at the door. He was then admitted, and on going to the back of the house he saw a man who was drunk. His name was Jackson. He was going out with a pot-full of beer, which he tried to cover over. He told Jackson he could see what he had got. He then called Hearsden's attention to the beer, and afterwards went into the tap-room, where he found four militia men, two civilians, and two "nymphs" of Bone's-Alley, who looked as much like angels has any he had ever seen.

Mr. Goodwin called William Jackson, who stated that he was a labourer, living on Kingsley Estate. That he was at the "Two Brewers" on the morning in question, having been "specially retained" to scrub the rooms, and a clean and drain the pots. That there were four of her Majesty's Royal Militia billeted at the house, but one had gone to church, and the other three had been "cutting their capers" at the Roman Catholic chapel, and were eating their breakfast in a ravenous manner,. There had been no beer drawn that morning, with the exception of one pint, which he had for his breakfast at 9 o'clock, and he much regretted that he could not then have more. The beer the constable saw was that what he had collected from a number of pots he had been cleaning, and being a "snapper up of unconsidered trifles" he drank it. He did not try to conceal the beer, adding, that the reason the constable thought he was drunk was because he had got a mulberry nose, and the flys took great notice of it.

Two militiamen were also called for the defence and a third was about to be introduced, but the mayor and magistrates decided to dismiss the case.


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SPRINGATT Richard 1826-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Kentish Gazette

DUNK Robert 1840+

TRICE William 1851-55+ (also House of Call for Tailors age 30 in 1851Census)

HEARNDEN Thomas 1861-67+ Maidstone TelegraphPost Office Directory 1867

HEARNDEN Amy 1871+ (age 38 in 1871Census)


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

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


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867


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