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Earliest 1860-

Who's Have Thought It

Latest 1869+

Fair Meadow



This was operated as a beer house, and has been suggested that during licensee Henry Higgins reign he changed the name to the "Lamn Inn," although I have traced it back under that name to before he was there. Perhaps the two were expanded and knocked into one.


South Eastern Gazette, 24 January, 1860.

Charge of Stealing a 5 Note and a Sovereign.

At the Maidstone Police Court, on Tuesday, before H. Argles and H. W. Joy, Esqrs., Robert Waters, 23, of Wharf-lane, Maidstone, and John Simmonds, 42, of the "Man of Kent" yard, Strood, were charged with stealing a 5 note and a sovereign, the property of Mr. W. Fanestt, Ashford-road, under the following circumstances:—

On Monday, about three o’clock in the afternoon, Mrs. Mary Ann Fancett, the wife of prosecutor, while going round by the Fair-meadow, lost a shilling and a sovereign, wrapped in a 5 note. Thomas Toffery, a sweep, having heard that his child had picked up some money, and that the prisoner Simmonds had taken it away, went to him and asked for it; Simmonds, however, at first denied having taken any money from the child, but subsequently admitted that he had done so, and gave Toffery 10s., telling him that his child had picked up a sovereign and a 5 note. Toffery afterwards saw the other prisoner, who gave him 6s. Waters, it transpired, was present when Simmonds took the money away from the child, and obtained change for the note from Mr. Alldridge, of the "Rodney’s Head," stating that his master had sent him to do so.

Ann James also deposed to Simmonds having changed a sovereign at the "Who’d’ a thought it?" beer-shop, opposite the Fair-meadow, on the day in question. When taken into custody by Sergeant Hills, both prisoners denied having had the note.

In defence Simmonds said he was standing at the corner of Mr. Wright’s warehouse, when a respectable man came up to him, with several other men who were standing there, and said "That child (meaning Toffery’s) has got a sovereign and a 5 note; you had better take it to its father." He (Simmonds) took the money away from the child, and asked the other men what he should do with it. He afterwards gave the note to Waters to change, who did so, and the money was shared between ten of them. Toffery had the largest share, his child having found the money. The prisoners were remanded till Saturday, Alldridge becoming surety for both of them. On Saturday they were again brought up, but no one appearing to prosecute, they were discharged.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 8 November 1869.


Late of the "Who'd Have Thought It," Beerhouse, Fair Meadow, Maidstone, in the County of Kent, Beerhouse-keeper, but now in lodgings at No. 3, Pump-lane, in the City of Rochester, in the said County, of no occupation, having been adjudged bankrupt on the Thirteenth day of October, 1869, is hereby required to surrender himself to Mr. Frederick Scudamore, the Registrar of the County Court of Kent holden at Maidstone, at the first meeting of Creditors to be held on the Twentieth day of November, 1869, at Eleven in the forenoon precisely, at the County Court Office, Week-street, Maidstone.

Mr. Thomas Goodwin, of Maidstone, is the Solicitor acting in the Bankruptcy. At the meeting the Registrar will receive proofs of the debts of the Creditors, and the Creditors may choose an Assignee or Assignees of the Bankrupt's Estate and Effects.

All persons having in their possession any of the effects of the said Bankrupt, must deliver them to the Registry, and all debts due to the Bankrupt must be paid to the Registrar.

Frederick Scudamore. Registrar.



DAWSON Edward Fobester to Oct/1869

HIGGINS Henry pre 1881 Next pub licensee had


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