Sort file:- Maidstone, January, 2024.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Thursday, 04 January, 2024.


Earliest 1783-

Dog and Gun

Closed July 2019

213 Boxley Road


01622 759046

Dog and Gun 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Doga and Gun sign 2010

Above sign 2010.

Dog and Gun matchbox 1980s

Above matchbox 1980s.

Dog and Gun matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Dog and Gun 2019

Above photo, July 2019. Kindly taken and sent by Andy Oneup.

Dog and Gun 2019

Above photo, July 2019. Kindly taken and sent by Andy Oneup.

Dog and Gun 2022

Above photo 2022, kindly sent by Jeffrey East.

Dog and Gun back 2022

Above photo 2022, kindly sent by Jeffrey East.


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.


Kentish Gazette, 4 October, 1783.

Tuesday morning died, after a very short illness. Mr. Stephen Cozens, master of the "Dog and Gun," public house, Maidstone.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 10 April 1885.

Maidstone. Inquest.

The Borough Coroner hold an inquest at the "Dog and Gun" public house, Boxley Road, on Saturday morning, on the body of Mary Phillips, age 48, who lived in Gladstone Road, and who died under painful circumstances. It appeared deceased was housekeeper to a carpenter, name Cheeseman, on whose goods a distraint was made while she was ill in bed. Deceased was much affected by this, and her death accelerated by the excitement caused. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with medical evidence.


From the By Alan Smith, 20 January 2020.

Barry Mayger from Maidstone, founder of Chicory Tip, has died in Portugal.

A founding member of Maidstone-based Seventies band Chicory Tip has died.

Bassist Barry Mayger played with them when they had their Number 1 hit Son of My Father.

Chickory Tip 1970

Chicory Tip in the 1970s: Barry Mayger is second from the right.

The song, which featured a driving rhythm from a Moog synthesizer, was at the top of the UK charts for three weeks and a huge hit around the world.

Mr Mayger was born and bred in Maidstone and went to South Borough School where he was best mates with Rick Foster.

The two shared a love of music and in 1961 after leaving school at 15 they formed their first band together, The Sonics, with other boys from the school.

The had their first paid performance at Seal Village Hall - and shared 6 between five of them.

The band broke up in 1965, but Mr Mayger and Mr Foster reformed as Chicory Tip in 1967 - a name dreamed up by Barry Mayger after seeing a bottle of Camp Coffee.

Chickory Tip record

Son of My Father - three weeks at No1.

They were happy to play local gigs while continuing their full-time jobs until they found themselves supporting Vanity Fair at the Tudor House in Maidstone - a popular music venue at the time - where they were introduced to music impresario Roger Easterby.

Shortly after, Mr Easterby secured them a recording contract with CBS - but they weren't an overnight success.

Son of My Father was actually their fifth record release.

It did set them on tours of Holland, Spain and Germany. Two subsequent records also charted but never quite matched the success of Son of My Father.

They appeared on Top of the Pops a total of 12 times.

Chickory Tip

Chicory Tip.

Rick Foster left the band in 1973 to join Eddison Lighthouse and Chicory Tip disbanded in 1975, with Mr Mayger becoming the landlord of the Dog and Gun pub in Boxley Road, Maidstone.

Twenty-one years later, on the occasion of Rick Foster's 50th birthday, Mr Mayger and Mr Foster reformed the band and the continued to play together until 2008, when they did a TV show in Portugal.

Mr Mayger fell in love with the country, quit the band and moved there.

He died on Tuesday, January 14, after several months of illness. He was 73.

His funeral will be tomorrow in Faro in Portugal.

Mr Mayger was married three times and is survived by his wife Lorraine and sons Kevin and Lee.

Former Mayor of Maidstone Dave Naghi used to live opposite Mr Mayger when he was at the Dog and Gun. He said: "Barry was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He will be sadly missed."

Rick Foster said: "We were best mates for such a long time. He was a good man. He died far too young."

Chicory Tip continues as a three-piece band comprising Rick Foster, Brian Shearer and Peter Giles.

The have their next gig at Bearsted Golf Club on Saturday.


One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and has been demolished.

Sadly the pub closed early in July 2019 and is rumoured to have been sold at auction for conversion into flats. Information from Jeffery East in February 2022 say this has now been completed.



COZENS Stephen to Oct/1783 dec'd

MARRONEY Ann 1881+ (widow age 70 in 1881Census)


GOODBODY John jun 1891+

GOODBODY Ellen Mrs 1901-03+ Kelly's 1903

MURRAY William 1911+ (age 43 in 1911Census)

MURRAY Elizabeth Ellen Mrs 1913-22+

WHITE George 1930+

LINGHAM Jun 1938+

YATES Ronald & Winifred 1961-68 (dec'd 1968 & 1967)

GALE Frederick & Teresa (daughter of above) 1968-73

MAYGER Kay & Barry 1980s


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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