Page Updated:- Wednesday, 09 March, 2022.


Earliest ????

Brickmaker's Arms

Closed 2002

Maidstone Road

St. Mary's Platt

Brickmaker's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Brickmaker's Arms

Above photo, circa 1930.

Brickmaker's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Brickmaker's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Brickmakers Arms 1990

Above photo July 1990, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Brickmaker's Arms 1990

Above photo July 1990, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Brickmaker's Arms sign 1964Brickmaker's Arms sign 1964

Above signs 1964.

Brickmaker's Arms sign 1991Brickmaker's Arms sign 1991

Above signs, May 1991.

Brickmaker's Arms sign 1992

Above sign June 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Site of Brickmaker's Arms

Above photo taken from May 2014.

The site extends to just under 1 acre and is located in a pleasant residential area with good frontage.

We were instructed by Shepherd Neame to consider the prospects for redeveloping the "Brickmaker's Arms" at St Mary's Platt as the business was no longer proving viable.

Following initial discussions with the Local Authority, we advised our client that we considered there was a good chance of achieving residential development on the site and, accordingly, we proceeded to offer the property seeking proposals for the sale conditional upon planning consent being granted.

Terms were agreed with a chosen developer and contracts exchanged subject to planning. Subsequently the planning application was refused despite an officer's recommendation for approval. All parties agreed that the decision should be appealed, but was refused mainly on the grounds of subjectivity. However the Inspector's Decision Notice set out very clearly the issues involved and we considered that we should submit a new planning application taking into account the Inspector's comments which should achieve a successful outcome.

The original contract had expired and we remarketed the property, identifying Monro Homes as the preferred bidder who, following exchange of contracts, submitted a revised application.

The application was successful and detailed planning consent was granted for 14 units.

The sale completed and Monro Homes are now in the process of developing the site.

Brickmaker's Arms map 2007

Above map taken from 10 January 2007.


From an email sent 31 May 2014.

I noticed you were looking at Wrotham for your site - the attached are different views of a pint mug I picked up ages ago marked John Stiles Wrotham. Listed as licensee of the pub from between 1881 and 1903.

Brickmaker's Arms mugBrickmaker's Arms mug

The mug is further marked VR under a crown (for Victoria Regina of course) 27 for Maidstone (after 1879) - the other marks are shown on the last attachment.

Brickmaker's Arms mugBrickmaker's Arms mug


Chris Murray.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 12 November 1870.

Stealing a fowl at Wrotham.

William Hever was charged with stealing a fowl, value 2s, the property of John Styles, on the 6th of November, at Wrotham.

It appears that the prosecutor keeps the "Brickmakers Arms," at Wrotham, and that he had eight hens and a cock. On Sunday the fowl was missed. Prisoner had been there all that day.

P.S. Hartmann deposed that he received prisoner from P.C. Waghorn, who charged prisoner was stealing a fowl. Prisoner admitted stealing the fowl, and told him where he had laid it. He went to the spot, but picked up a handkerchief which prisoner said he had tied the fowls legs with.

Prison of pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 weeks hard labour.


Sold by Shepherd Neame in 2002 I am informed (2017) that the location has been redeveloped and is now houses.


As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



STILES Henry 1847-1862+ (age 59 in 1861Census)

STILES John (son) 1870-1903+ (widower age 55 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

GILBERT John 1913-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-