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Earliest 1774-

Haunch of Venison

Latest ????

12 High Street


Haunch of Venison

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission of

Haunch of Venison

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

Haunch of Venison

Also showing the "Royal Star Hotel."

Haunch of Venison

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

Haunch of Venison 1918

Above photo, January 1918, by kind permission of

Haunch of Venison

Above photo, circa 2012, by kind permission of


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.

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Kentish Gazette, 23 March, 1774.

March 22, 1774.

William Spratt, son of Ann Spratt, who lately occupied the house, known by the sign of the "Haunch of Venison" at Maidstone.

Takes the earliest opportunity of informing his friends in particular, and the public in general, that he intends to continue the business lately carried on by his deceased mother; and humbly hopes for a continuance of their favours, which he hereby gratefully acknowledges to have been conferred on his late Mother; and which he will endeavour to merit by an unremitting assiduity in the discharge of such commands as he shall be honoured with.

N.B. stabling with good Hay and Corn, and a Conveniently Yard for Carriages.

A good Ordinary, at a moderate Price on Sundays and Market Days.


From the Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 26 April 1791.


THOMAS WEST, Cooper, most respectfully informs his friends and the public ion general, that he has taken, and entered upon, this day, Friday the 22nd of April, the above Inn; where every attention will be paid to their accommodation, having fitted up the said house in a genteel and comfortable stile for the purpose. Good beds, neat wines, spirituous liquors, a good larder, and still stabling.

The Coopering business will be carried on with its usual alacrity at the above house, where orders will be thankfully received and punctually executed.


Kentish Gazette 5 May 1801.

Tuesday was married at Maidstone, Mr. J. Daw, to Mrs. West, widow, formerly of the "Haunch of Venison Inn" at Maidstone.


Kentish Gazette, 25 February 1851.


Bryant:- Feb 12, after a long and painful illness, aged 62 years, Ann, the wife of Mr. Samuel Bryant, of the "Haunch of Venison Inn," Maidstone, highly esteemed and deeply regretted by her family and friends.


Kentish Gazette, 8 July 1851.

Melancholy Suicide.

On Tuesday evening, a middle-aged man, of apparently respectable connections, committed suicide by throwing himself into the Medway, near the "Gibraltar Inn."

The deceased had been stopping for several weeks at the "Haunch of Venison Inn," where he stated his name to be Stanford, and he was a retired tradesman from London. He left, however, on Saturday, without paying his bill, and was supposed to have taken his departure from the neighbourhood, but he was seen on Sunday and Monday by several persons on the locality of the "Gibraltar."

It is now conjectured he was driven to commit the rash acts by the pressure of poverty, being evidently destitute of money. The address found on some letters contained in his carpet bag (which he left behind him at the "Haunch of Venison," bear the name of Savery, so that it is doubtful for which name properly belonged to him.


Kentish Gazette, 14 September 1852.

MAIDSTONE. Annual Hop Dinner.

The annual dinner at the Castle, Week-street, was held on Wednesday last, and everything passed off most pleasantly, under the presidency of Mr. Faucett, the brewer. The sets for next year were from 109,000 to 261,000. A similar anniversary came off at the "Haunch of Venison," High-street, on Friday, when the company did all justice to the good things provided.

Mr. Bryans was stated to be the winner of last year's sweepstakes.

The sets at the "Haunch" for last year varied from 190,000 to 250,000.



SPRATT Ann to Mar/1774 dec'd

SPRATT William (son) Mar/1774-19/Apr/91 Next pub licensee had

WEST Thomas 22/Apr/1891+

DOWN John 1811-1829+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

DOWN Ann 1830+

BRYANS Samuel 1832-40+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840

CHEESEMAN Thomas 1851-62+ (age 63 in 1861Census)

CHESTERTON Hubert 1865-67+ Post Office Directory 1867

SIMMONS William 1871-74+ (age 68 in 1871Census)

SIMMONS Esther 1881+ (widow age 53 in 1881Census)

ARTHUR Henry 1882-1903+ (age 43 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

FREELAND John 1911+ (widower age 58 in 1911Census)

MORRIS Frank 1913+


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840


Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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