Sort file:- Maidstone, November, 2023.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1538-

George Inn

Latest 1874+

37 Gabriel's Hill



The pub was mentioned in local historian, John Leland's visit of 1538. It was also mentioned in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.

Les Swaffer suggests that this could be where the "Stone Street Club" is now.


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, 5 September, 1806.

A man of the name of Freed, and another, were last week committed to Maidstone, charged with stealing a regimental great coat, from a soldier, at the "George" public house. They were detected offering the coat for sale, at the "Black Boy" public house, four half-a-guinea.


Kentish Gazette, 2 March 1852.

George Inn Hop Dinner.

The annual hop dinner held at this house, took place on Wednesday evening. After the settling, several bets were made on next year's duty. A high duty was anticipated.


Kentish Gazette, 13 June 1854.

An inquest was held at the "George Inn," on Monday morning, before T. Kipping Esq., on the body of a new-born male infant, which was found in a public water-closet in the George Yard, on Thursday.

It appealed that Superintendent Blundell was passing the spot, when his attention was directed to the circumstance, and he had the child removed.

Mr. Harrold, surgeon, examined the child and applied the usual test, and from the appearances it presented he concluded that the child had not breathed.

Active inquiries had been set on foot, but no clue obtained to its parents or the parties who placed it there, in the absence of which a verdict of "Found dead" was returned.


Southeastern Gazette, 4 January 1853.


William Willshire, having taken the above commodious House and premises, lately occupied by Mr. George Harrison, begs respectfully to inform his numerous Friends and the Public generally, that he intends to sell all liquors of a first-rate quality, combined with excellent accommodation and reasonable charges; and trusts, by assiduity and attention, to merit a continuance of their favours.

Ales, Wines, and Sprits, of every description, at the lowest possible prices.

Dinners provided on the shortest notice.

Well-aird. Beds, &c. &c.

N.B. Excellent Stall Stabling and lock-up Coach-houses.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 3 December, 1861.


On the 30th ult., at the Barming heath Lunatic Asylum, Mr. William Willsher, formerly landlord of the "George Inn," Maidstone.



FIELD Samuel 1780+ Kentish Gazette

WICKHAM Elizabeth 1811-28

WICKHAM William 1828-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BASSETT Elizabeth 1830-32+? Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HAYWARD William 1840-41+ (age 50 in 1841Census)

HARRISON George 1851-53 (also coal merchant age 25 in 1851Census)

WILLSHER William 1853-58+

THOMSETT W B Mr to May/1861 dec'd (age 47 in 1861Census) Maidstone Telegraph

MINTER Thomas May/1861+ Maidstone Telegraph

CAMPBELL Frederick 1862+

WEBB Robert & Henry 1867+ Post Office Directory 1867

MERCER Joseph 1871+ (age 51 in 1871Census)

WALLOND Charles 1874+


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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

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

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867



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