Page Updated:- Thursday, 28 October, 2021.


Earliest ????

(Three) Sugar Loaves

Latest 2020+

56 Eyhorne Street


01622 880220

Above postcard, 1904, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Three Sugar Loaves

Above postcard, date unknown.

Sugar Loaves 1987

Above photo 1987. The photo above shows the building to be called the "Sugar Loaves" and I am not sure where the "Three" came from or when.

Thre Sugar Loaves 2016

Above photo, 2016.

Sugar Laoves sign 1980

Above sign 1980.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Awaiting reverse picture of Whitbread sign.

Sugar Loaves card 1955

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 40.


The "Three Sugar Loaves" is an unusual name which is derived from a grocer's trade sign, later adopted by innkeepers who sold household goods as well as strong ale.

Not sure when they dropped the Three from the name but it is now named the simpler "Sugar Loaves."


South Eastern Gazette 02 December 1845.

Bearsted Petty Sessions Yesterday.

John Jenner, James Laws, and Francis Ely, were charged with assaulting Rebecca Richardson, on the night of the 5th of November last.

Complainant stated that on the evening in question she went with her husband into the "Three Sugar Loaves" public-house at Hollingbourn, at about seven o'clock. They had been there but a short time, when Laws threw a squib at complainant, which burnt her clothes. Having again taken her seat, she was completely surrounded by fireworks. She also saw the other defendants place squibs behind her.

Several witnesses were examined, who stated the woman to be as much engaged in throwing the squibs as any person in the room and that complainant was intoxicated at the time. Fined 2s. 6d. and 8s. 6d. costs each.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 2 October 1855.

Hollingbourne and Leeds, Kent.

Mr. Tootell is directed to sell by auction, at the "Bell Inn," Maidstone on Thursday October 25th, 1855, at 2 for 3 o'clock precisely, in 5 lots, the under mentioned valuable freehold properties.

Lot 1:-. The valuable freehold public house, known as the "Sugar Loaves," situate on the south-west side of the Lower Street, Hollingbourne, with a good garden and buildings, let on lease to Messrs Baldwin, Godden, and Holmes, for 21 years, at 30 per annum.


From the By Claire McWethy, 22 August 2015.

The Sugar Loaves former landlord Gary Hitch is charged with sexual assaults.

A pub landlord accused of committing several sexual assaults involving three girls appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday.

Gary Hitch, of The Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne, was not represented during the brief hearing because of industrial action by solicitors.

He faces charges for nine offences.

Gary Hitch 2015

Gary Hitch arrives at Maidstone Crown Court.

But Judge Michael Carroll said the 57-year-old would enter pleas on November 4. A provisional trial date was set for November 23.

Bail was continued.

The Sugar Loaves was taken over by new management in March 2016.



FARMER John 1855-62+ (also farmer and hay dealer age 38 in 1861Census)

PETTETT William 1874+

DELLINGSTONE george 1881+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

COLLINS J 1890+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

COLLINS George O 1891+ (age 27 in 1891Census)

PEERLESS John Sept/1892-22+ (age 46 in 1901Census) Kent and Sussex CourierKelly's 1903

CHITTENDEN John William 1930+

SHIRLEY Capt. James to Oct/1934 Next pub licensee had

COUTTS A G F 1938+

HITCH Barry 2015-Mar/16



Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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