Sort file:- Maidstone, June, 2022.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Wednesday, 08 June, 2022.


Earliest 1798-

Union Flag

Latest 1990s

(Name to)

72-74 (19) (62) Union Street


Union Flag

Above photo, date unknown.

Union Flag sign 1981Union Flag sign 1991

Above sign left, September 1986, sign right, May 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Also referred to as the "Flag Union" in 1826. Also mentioned in the song, "The Maidstone Landlords" in 1798.


About the time of the Spanish War (1707), England and Scotland were formally united under Queen Anne, and the first Union Flag, subsequently carried by British soldiers in battle, came into use. I am not yet sure when this pub gained that name though.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

Changed name to the "Style and Winch" some time in the early 1990s I believe.

I am informed that the premises used to house a skittle alley and a small bore shooting range at the rear of the premises, the latter being used by the staff of the Wrens Cross Police Station.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 7 January,1860. Price 1d.

UNION FLAG INN, Union Street, Maidstone.

W. Bridgland, begs to inform his friends that he has taken the above house, the business of which was formerly carried on by his late father; and hopes by keeping a first-rate stock of Spirits and Ales, to merit a share of their patronage and support.

Good Beds.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 3 March,1860. Price 1d.


Good beds, Good Covered Skittle Alley.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 4th August 1860.

Union Flag, Union Street, Maidstone.

D. Bonner begs respectfully to inform his friends and the public that he has taken the above house, which will be found replete with everything to ensure their comfort. Commercial travellers will find excellent accommodation. Every article supplied warranted to be of first-rate quality and at strictly moderate charges.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 25 May 1861.

Benefit Societies.

The members of the Young Friendly Society dined together at the "Union Flag," Union Street, Mr. Edward Bonner providing (as "Poor Ned" always does) an excellent dinner. The report of the society shows, after liquidating all debts, a balance in hand of 113 and upwards.

The oldest society in the town, the Old Jolly Waterman club, as it is called, did not hold their usual anniversary. This club musters nearly 400 members, and has an excellent stock. During the past year these several societies have expended very large sums of money in sick payments, but notwithstanding this we are glad to learn they are all in a flourishing state.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 5 October 1861.


On Monday morning last, a horse was standing with a load of bricks, in Wheeler Street, when a hoop was trundled against its legs by a child and the horse started off; running down the street, and the cart coming in contact with the kerb of the pavement, opposite the "Union Flag," and also with an iron fencing, it was thrown down and by this means secured.

The horses head was very much cut, and bled profusely.

The horse is the property of Mr. Chambers, builder, Maidstone, and is so much damage that it in all probability will have to be killed.



USMAR Russell 1826-41+ (age 61 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Maidstone Telegraph

LOCKYER Robert 1847+

MISSON W 1851+

JEWELL John 1855+

BRIDGELAND William 1858-July/60 Maidstone Telegraph

BONNER Edward Bonner July/1860-62+ (also court keeper age 46 in 1861Census) Maidstone Telegraph

BONNER Charlotte Mrs 1867-70+

BEECHING William James 1874+

BEECHING Rowena 1881-91+ (widow age 62 in 1891Census)

HORTON Maylan Morris 1899-1913 (age 66 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

BOOZER William 1918+

BOOZER Kate Mrs 1922+

BROWN Frederick George 1930+

MILES William G 1938+

Last pub licensee had BURTON Albert & Louise 1960s-80s

ANDERSON C & L 1988+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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