Sort file:- Milton Regis, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 16 December, 2023.


Earliest 1819-

King's Arms

Demolished ????

16 High Street

Milton Regis

King's Arms

Above photo, date 1926.


I am informed that the building has been demolished, but do not know when as yet.

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

Thanks for your co-operation.


Kentish Gazette 9 February 1819.


Feb 2. the wife of Mr. Foord of the "Kings Arms," Milton.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 July 1845.

Milton next Sittingbourne.

Oh Thursday afternoon last a fire broke out in a stable belonging to the "King’s Arms" public-house, which, with a loft over and piggery adjoining, was soon reduced to ashes, notwithstanding the prompt assistance rendered by the inhabitants, aided by three engines, belonging to the parish, the Kent, and Phoenix offices, and a good supply of water, the tide fortunately being up at that time. The "King's Arms" property belongs to Messrs. Flint and Co., of Canterbury, and is, we hear, insured.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 27 July 1858.

Peter Austin, of the "King's Arms," Milton, was summoned for having his house opened on the same day at unlawful hours. Five men was smoking and drinking in house, and four were drunk.

Find 2 10s. and 9s. costs.


South Eastern Gazette, 14 August, 1860.

John Wood, alehouse keeper, at Milton, pleaded guilty to having his house open at improper hours on Sunday, the 22nd July.

Fined 21s., costs 9s.


Sheerness Guardian, 22 September, 1860.


Monday, before E. Twopenny, (chairman), J. D. Dyke, Sir T. M. Tylden and the Rev. G. B. Moore.

General Licensing Day.

With regard to Mr. Watson, of the "Star Inn," Sheerness, and Mr. John Wood, of Milton, both of whom had been fined during the year, for having their houses open at improper hours, the bench administered a reproof and trusted that the warning would be a caution to them and that they would not repeat the offence.


Sheerness Guardian, 22 September, 1860.


Monday, before E. Twopenny, (chairman), J. D. Dyke, Sir T. M. Tylden and the Rev. G. B. Moore.

General Licensing Day.

The only licenses granted were those of Daniel Cook of Sheerness and John Wood of Milton.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 27 April 1861.


At the petty sessions on Monday, John Wood, landlord of the "King's Arms Inn," Milton, was summoned for having, on Sunday, 3rd March, refused to admit the police into his house.

Fined 20s. costs 11s.


East Kent Gazette, Saturday 18 March 1871.

Lion Hotel, Sittingbourne.

Edward Wood, late of the "Kings Arms Inn," Milton, begs to return his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers for past favours, and wishes to inform them that he has removed to the "Lion Hotel," Sittingbourne, where, by strict attention to business, combined with moderate charges, he hopes to receive an increased share of the patronage.

All Wines and Spirits sold at his Establishment will be of the very best quality, will recommend themselves, and can be obtained at the lowest possible price consistent with a fair profit.



FOORD Mr 1819+

FOORD Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ELLIS George 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BOWES Charles 1840-55+ (age 44 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1855

ADAMS Mr 1858+ Melville's 1858

AUSTIN Peter to Nov/1858+ South Eastern Gazette

WOOD John Nov/1858-74+ Next pub licensee had (also mariner age 49 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1874

JARVIS Thomas 1881-91+ (age 56 in 1881Census)

GOLDSWAIN James 1899-22+ (age 34 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

GOLDSWAIN Edith Mrs 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934

TOZER Samuel John 1934+

PRATT Redvers Frederick 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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