Sort file:- Maidstone, May, 2024.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 12 May, 2024.


Earliest 1774-

Dog and Bear

Latest 1911+

37 (60) King Street


Dog and Bear 1911

Above photo, circa 1911, with permission from Eric Hartland.

Former Dog and Bear 1959

By 1959, the premises was operating as the Maidstone Co-operative Society.

Dog and Bear 2011

Above photo, showing the same view in 2011, with permission from Eric Hartland.


Mentioned in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.


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, 21 December, 1774.

Saturday Mr. Cozens, at the "Dog and Bear," East Lane, Maidstone, thinking his dog was ill, examined him and found, as he thought, a bone broke near the flank; but on cutting a piece off, found it to the a wooden skewer, which was near 6 inches long, and taken away without any damage to the said dog.


South Eastern Gazette, 27 March, 1860.

Sudden Death.

Mr. Bishop Kennett, an old inhabitant of Maidstone, died yesterday (Monday), in a very sudden manner. He had latterly been lodging at the "Dog and Bear Inn," King-street, during the absence of his wife at Hastings, and retired to rest shortly before ten o’clock on Sunday night, apparently in his usual health, excepting that a cough, to which he was subject, had appeared somewhat more troublesome for the last day or two. Not making his appearance next morning, Mrs. Jeffrey, the landlady, entered his room, at about 12 o’clock, and found him lying dead upon the floor. He was partially dressed, and appeared to have been in the act of shaving when he fell; not the least sign of struggling was observed. The deceased, formerly proprietor of the "Old Swan Inn," Maidstone, was one of the few remaining representatives of the palmy coaching days, having for many years been proprietor and driver of one of the fast coaches between Maidstone and London, and subsequently of omnibuses running between Maidstone and Rochester. He was about 67 years of age, and his death is supposed to have resulted from apoplexy. The coroner (T. Kipping, Esq.), has deemed it unnecessary to hold an inquest.


Kent Times, 5 July 1862.

Transfer of Licenses.

The only business in the court on Sarurday (before W. Harnes, Esq., Mayor, H. Argles and D. Cooper, Esqrs.) was the transfer of the following licenses:-

The "Dog and Bear," King-street, from Mr. Jeffery to Alfred Foord.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 28 August 1869.


On Monday evening last, Frederick Lewis Harvey, shoemaker, of Leather-sellers-lane, London Wall, fell down suddenly and expired. The deceased was 42 years of age, and a shoemaker by profession. For many years he resided in Maidstone. He was a member of the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows, of Loyal Hand of Friendship Lodge, "Dog and Bear Inn," Maidstone. He leaves six children—the mother died some few years ago. An inquest was held on Wednesday, before Mr. Payne, coroner, when a verdict of death from natural causes was returned.

From an email received 27 March 2022.

In my family history I have found some of my grandmother's relatives ran the 'Fortune of War' pub for many years.

William Goodbody born 1858 took over ‘The Fortune of War’ 126, Upper Stone Street, Maidstone in 1882 and ran it until his death aged 71 in 1929. His son, also called William, took over until his death in 1946. Therefore, a Goodbody continuously ran the pub for 64 years.

Also other members of the Goodbody family were involved in the pub business in Maidstone. In a total of 2 generations of Goodbody’s they spent 176 years serving beer to the good people of Maidstone!

Frederick born 1861 took over the ‘Dog and Bear’, 37 King Street from brother John in 1891 and continued to run it until 1913. He died in 1946 aged 85.

Robert born 1863 was running ‘The Hussar’ in Lenham, Kent – just outside Maidstone in 1891. He had married Annie Hillman in 1883 and together they ran ‘The Hussar” for just over a year.

I hope this may add a little bit to your history of the pubs in Maidstone.

Val Lenthall.




KENNETT John 1826-30+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Kentish Gazette

KENNETT John jun 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

KENNETT Catherine 1840-51+ (age 62 in 1841Census)

BRITTER Joseph Mannings 1855+

JEFFERY Francis Mrs 1851+ (widow age 43 in 1851Census)

JEFFERY William 1858+

JEFFERY Frances 1861-July/62 (widow age 43 in 1861Census)

FOORD Alfred July/1862-67+ Post Office Directory 1867

TOBUTT James 1871+ (age 36 in 1871Census)

TOBUTT Mahala Mrs 1874+

GOODBODY John jun 1881-82+ (age 28 in 1881Census)

GOODBODY Frederick Stephen (brother of above) 1891-1913+ (age 50 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

MAJOR Barry (of Chickory Tip fame) Late 1970s-80s

???? Jo ????

GREEN Roy ????

???? Shirley 1990s (Jo's mother)


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

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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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