Sort file:- Maidstone, June, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Monday, 07 June, 2021.


Earliest 1830+

Elephant and Castle

Closed 1917

The Broadway (1 Tonbridge Road in 1882)


Elephant and Castle

Above photo, date unknown. Showing the "White Hart Inn" just to the left.

Elephant and Castle 1900

Above photo, 1900, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Elephant and Castle location 2011

Above photo showing the same location, August 2011, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Elephant and Castle 1901

Avove photo showing the "Elephant and Castle" on the left of the photo. The photo shows the return of the West Kent Yeomanry from the South Africa War 1899-1900. A reception was held in Maidstone on July 19 1901. Above photo, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.


This was described as an Anti 1868 Beerhouse, meaning that it had first been awarded a license under the 1830 beer Act and allowed the house to continue to remain licensed by paying their annual fee without having to attend the licensing sessions, however, only beer was allowed to be sold.

The pub closed in 1917 and was situated next door to the "White Hart." and opposite the "Prince of Wales." After closure it was sold to a George Adams and became a hairdressers. Later becoming a fish and chip show until, demolished in 1989.


Kentish Mercury, Saturday 26 September 1863.


Thomas James was brought in custody and charged with having stolen two sheets and a blanket, the property of William Collins, of the "Elephant and Castle" beer house, Maidstone. Mr. Collins proved the case from which it appeared that the prisoner was a weekly lodger in the house, having come there about 6 weeks ago, and occupied a separate furnished room. After he left, Mrs. Collins missed two sheets and a blanket, which have been on his bed. Information was afterwards given to the police, and the articles found by police constable Cackow, in a handcart which the prisoner had asked the barmaid at the Barming "Bull" to lock in the stable for him.

Committed for trial.

From the Courier, 13 July 1917.


The West Kent Compensation Authority met at the Sessions House, Maidstone, on Thursday. Mr. Coles Child presiding.

Mr. Joseph applied for the renewal of the license of the “White Hart” fully licensed house, Maidstone, and Mr. Ellis on the ground of redundancy.

Chief Constable Mackintosh stated that there were 134 licensed houses to a population of 34,475 persons. On-licenses in the Borough represented one to each 377 inhabitants. The house was the property of Messrs. Isherwood and Co. licensed to Mrs. K. Mitchell, rated at 40, and a very good trade was done by a very respectable tenant. There were several fully licensed and other houses within a very small radius, giving ample accommodation for the public.

Chief Inspector Kent corroborated, and spoke highly of the conduct of the house.

Mr. A. Coveney, manager to the owners, gave the trade from 1912 as steadily increasing. The house was entirely re-built in 1900 at a cost of 1,080.

Mr. Mitchell, amongst other facts. Stated that an Oddfellows’ Club with about 175 members met at the “White Hart.”

Mr. Bracher followed with a formal application for the renewal of the license of the “Elephant and Castle” Beer-house. adjoining the “White Hart,” owned by Messrs. Style and Winch. Ltd., and licensed to Herbert Castle.

Mr. A. J. Ellis opposed the renewal on behalf of the Justices.

Chief Constable Mackintosh gave evidence as to redundancy, but admitted that a good trade was done.

Chief Inspector Kent gave the dimensions of the premises, and stated that the public floor spare of the “Elephant and Castle” was much larger then either that of the “White Hart” or two beer-houses near at hand.

Mr. Frost, of the owner’s firm, stated that the average trade was 273 barrels for the last seven years.

The Committee refused to renew the licenses in both cases.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licencees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Elephant and Castle," The Broadway, Maidstone. Beerhouse. (Ante 1869). Herbert Castle. Style and Winch, Ltd., Maidstone.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

"Elephant and Castle" Beer House, the Broadway, Maidstone, 1,490 - 1,308 for the owners "Messrs Style and Winch,) and 182 for the tenant (Mr. Herbert Castle.)




DUFF John M F 1871-82+ Next pub licensee had (also tailor age 49 in 1871Census)

CASTLE Herbert to July/1917




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