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Earliest 1802-

Red Lion

Latest 1896+



Red Lion location 1909

Above photo circa 1909 showing the "Running Horse" in the background. The "Red Lion" stood behind the white posts on the right.


Kentish Gazette 14 May 1802.

Last week died at Sandling, near Maidstone, Mr. W. Rayfield, master of the "Red Lion" public-house of that place.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 27 April, 1830.

Red Lion Inn, Sandling.

T. Powell, in returning his sincere thanks for the patronage he has received since residing at the above house begs to announce to the Gentlemen of the Bowling Green Society, that the first meeting for the season is fixed for Tuesday evening next, 4th of May.

T. Powell begs most respectfully to say, that having paid every attention in preparing the Green for the accommodation of the Society, he trusts he shall receive their continued favours.

Sandling, April 27th, 1830.


Southeastern Gazette, 5 July 1853.

BEARSTED. Petty Sessions, Yesterday. (Before J. Jacobson, Esq., chairman, Capt. Mareham, D. Scratton and C. G. Whittaker, Esqrs.)

Henry Fullagar, "Red Lion Inn," Sandling, and George Constable, were each fined 40s. and 13s. 3d. costs, for trespassing in pursuit of conies on land belonging to Mr. Hills, Boxley.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 11 July 1854.


Henry Fullager, of the "Red Lion," Sandling, was fined 4 and 13s. 6d. costs, for keeping his house open before half-past 112 on Sunday, June 4.


Maidstone Telegraph - Saturday 11 October 1862.

Henry Baker was committed for three months', for stealing a candlestick, the property of Mr. Jell, landlord of the "Red Lion Inn," Sandling.


Paul Narramore tell me that found on a 1896 map the building was located about 100 yards due south of the "Running Horse" pub and would have been demolished in the straightening and widening of the Chatham Road. It might even have been on the corner of land of the Invicta Park Barracks but, whatever it’s no longer there.

The census of 1851 described this as the "Red Lion and Post Office," so I assume this was also the local Post Office to the area.



RAYFIELD W Mr to May/1802 dec'd

HONEY George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

POWELL T 1830+

DANELLS John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ONGLEY Thomas 1840-51+ (also wheelwright age 65 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

FULLAGER Henry 1853-54+

PIERCE Edward 1861+ (age 62 in 1861Census)

JELL James 1862+


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840


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