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Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1794-

White Lion

1 Jan 1976

53 (111) Lower Stone Street


White Lion 1929

Above photo circa 1929.

White Lion 1960s

Above photo, circa 1960s, kindly sent by Ray Newman.

White Lion

Above photo, date unknown.

White Lion location

Above photo circa 2020, showing the location.

White Lion

Above photo, date unknown.

White Lion location 2020

Above photo circa 2020, showing the location.


Fremlins bought the premises in 1929 and the pub that same year was partially destroyed by fire which started in the Co-operative Society buildings next door, however, the premises was restored but eventually closed on 1st January 1976, although Pete Mason reckons much earlier around 1965, but perhaps it reopened again afterwards.


Kentish Chronicles, 18 July, 1794.


Monday morning died, Mr. W. Turner, of the "White Lion" public house, in Stone Street, Maidstone.


Kentish Gazette, 18 May, 1804.

Saturday evening last, a man drinking in company at the "White Lion" public house, in Maidstone, had an artery burst in his leg, (that had been a long time ulcerated), which bled so profusely that although he was carried immediately to Messrs Day's surgery, and the bleeding instantly stopped there, he died a few minutes after from the quantify of blood lost in the street.


Kentish Gazette, 5 September, 1806.

Fatal Instance of Somnambulism.

A soldier, belonging to the 21st Highland regiment, on his furlough, slept at the "White Lion," Maidstone, on the night of Tuesday se'nnight, and rested quietly till two o'clock the next morning, at which hour he rose in his sleep, deliberately opened the window and got out, from whence he fell into the street, a distance of 30 feet, broke one of his thighs in three places, dislocated his shoulder, broken arm and two ribs, and was otherwise dreadfully bruised; he was taken up without any signs of life, but afterwards recovered so far as to be able to inform his attendants at the Depot hospital, that he had been in the habit of walking in his sleep, and that previous to, and at the same time he arose, he had been dreaming that he was on his journey home. The unfortunate man lingered for some hours, and died in extreme agony.


From the Kentish Gazette, 27 October 1846.


Reader:— Oct. 16. at Maidstone, Mary, widow of Mr. William, Reader, of the "White Lion."


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853. Maidstone


Friday. (Before E. Stacey, Esq., chairman, and H. Argles, Esq.)

Anne Hall, a young woman about 18 years of age, was charged with stealing a sheet and a blanket from a bed in the house of Mr. William Misson, of the "Union Flag" public-house.

Prosecutor said the prisoner slept at his house on Wednesday night. She left about a quarter past ten, when the articles were found to be stolen from a room near the one the prisoner had slept in. He saw her leave the house in the morning, when Mrs, Misson remarked to him that the young woman looked very stout. Soon afterwards the articles were missed, and he then went to the pawnbrokers to enquire about them.

Police-constable Russell said he received information of the robbery, and went in search of the prisoner. He found her in the taproom of the "White Lion," in Stone-street. He told her he should take her on suspicion of stealing a sheet and a blanket from Mr. Misson’s. She said she had taken nothing away. He told her to stand up, when he saw that something was wrapped round her under her gown, and he saw the corner of the blanket protruding. She produced it, and said she hoped Mr. Misson would forgive her. It was the first time she had done anything of the kind. He took her to Mr. Flinn’s, when she was recognised as the young woman who had pawned the sheet. She had two more pawn tickets, one of a scarf, pawned in July, in Long Acre, London, and another of a sheet pawned at Mr. Flinn’s, in August.

George Henry Allway said the sheet was pawned at Mr. Flinn’s, on Thursday morning, by the prisoner. She said it was her own property, and gave her the name of Ann Hall.

Prisoner asked to be forgiven, as it was her first offence. It was done in a moment — something had tempted her.

Committed for trial.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, 1 January 1870. Price 1d.



Before the Mayor (W. Haynes, Esq.) and D. S. White, Esq.

William Sprange was charged with stealing a quantity of rope, the property of Mr Moses Threadgold.

Prosecutor deposed that the rope produced was his property. He knew it from having it in constant use for about twelve mouths. He saw it safe on Monday last, in his stable, at the corner of Mote Road, and missed it on the following morning. Prisoner had been in his employ about two or three weeks. He last employed him about a month ago.

Richard Dunk stated that he was employed by prosecutor on Monday last, in the stable. He saw the rope produced there. Prisoner was in the stable, but left before him. He left the rope in the stable. Shut the door, but did not lock it.

Henry Patten deposed that he was in Mr Bodkin's public house, (Ten Bells) on Monday, when prisoner came in. Prisoner said “Here's a article cheap, you can have it for 2s,” offering him the rope. He afterwards gave prisoner a shilling for it.

Police sergeant Rhodes proved to receiving the rope of last witness on Tuesday night. He apprehended prisoner the same evening, and took him to Mr Threadgold, who charged prisoner with stealing it. In reply to the charge, prisoner said that he had found the rope in the “White Lion” public-house yard. He afterwards asked Mr Threadgold to forgive him, and he would take the money to the man and get the rope back again. Prosecutor said that he could not think of doing anything of the kind after the manner he had treated him.

Remanded till Tuesday.


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.


Peter Mason tells me the following:- The Lion statue was salvaged, I remember seeing it on a lorry going up Stone St at the time of the demolition. Where it went and if it still exists......????



TURNER W Mr to July/1794 dec'd

READER William 1826-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Kentish Gazette

READER Walter Hills 1840+

WEEKS James 1851-62+ (age 39 in 1851Census widower in 1861Census)

LISSENDEN Sampson 1867+ Post Office Directory 1867

ARNOTT Luke 1871-74+ (age 48 in 1871Census)

NEWMAN James Vincent 1881-82+ (also Army Pensioner age 40 in 1881Census)

ROUSE Charles 1891+

GLASSCOCK Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HORTON Frederick William 1913-38+


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

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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