Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 December, 2021.


Earliest 1839-

Walnut Tree

Open 2020+

657 Loose Road


01622 743493

Walnut Tree 1925

Above photo, 1925.

Walnut Tree 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Walnut Tree bar 2006

Above photo by John Law, 28 August 2006.

Walnut Tree sign 1993Walnut Tree sign 2010

Above sign left, September 1993, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and demolished.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 5 November 1839.

Maidstone Petty Sessions.

Before T. Pybus, T Smith, and T Hyde, Esquires, Justice's.

On Friday last, a youth, not yet arrived at "years of discretion," named Edward Pound, a shoemaker, was charged with having obtained various sums of money, and the false pretences, of Celia Whiffen.

Miss Whiffen, an aged spinster, who is cook at an eating house, stated that she had known the defendant 5-years. During the last 12-months ha had paid his addresses to her. In December last she lent him 20 to pay the rent of the "Walnut Tree" public house, at Loose, which he said he was about to take. In the February following she advanced him 30 more to pay the expenses of evaluation and inventories. In the month of April he came to her again, stating that circumstances had occurred which prevented his taking the house at Loose, and that if she would let him have 40 more he intended to take the "Chequers Inn," at Tunbridge. Witness advanced him the money. On the 9th of the following month she lent him a further sum of 9, and also 5 in each of the months of July and September, and amounting in all to 109. On her expressing her suspicions that all was not right, the defendant said his statements were quite true. However, not being satisfied, and beginning to fear, we suspect, that she had lost her money without getting a husband, the amorous spinster took proceedings against him.

Mr. Skinner, landlord of the "Walnut Tree" public house, and Mr. Mark Milburn, the former landlord, both deposed that the prisoner had never been in treaty with them to take the public house.

Mr. J. Brown, the clerk to the Savings Bank, prove the payment of the different sums of money at the several periods.

Mr. Morgan, who appeared for the defendant, contended that the question was merely a dry point of law. The warrant stated that the defendant had obtained various sums of money under false pretences. In order to constitutes a false pretence there must be an existing fact on which to prove the charge. From the evidence it appeared that there never was an existing fact, as the defendant did not put into execution what he stated to Miss Whiffen he intended to do. He had no doubts that this proceeding was instituted entirely out of revenge at the accused not marrying the complainant.

The defendant was held to bail till this day when the case will again come on.


From an email received 2 April 2018.

My uncle Charles Watts lived in the "Walnut Tree" pub Loose with my mother (his sister) after their parents died. My grandparents (who I never met as they died quite young) owned the pub before my uncle took it over after their deaths. My uncle then married and ran the pub with his wife Dorothy until their retirement.

My mother and I played in the "Walnut Tree" Ladies Dart Team for many years and won The Bossom Cup. I spent many happy years visiting them regularly in their pub and helped behind the bar.

In those days I remember there being a snug, spit and sawdust and 'posh' bar. Darts being played in the 'back room' where there was also a piano for music evenings.

I hope this helps.

Cherry Barton (nee Morrison).


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.


From the By Tom Pyman, 4 July 2019.

The Walnut Tree, Maidstone registered as asset of community value for second time.

A Maidstone pub has been registered as an asset of community value for a second time - protecting it from being sold and redeveloped for the next five years.

The Walnut Tree in Loose was the first in the County Town to be granted the status back in 2014, nullifying any change-of-use applications that may have been made.

In applying to re-register it, comprehensive evidence was provided by The Walnut Tree Preservation Group showing the 168-year-old pub is still well used and remains an integral part of the community.

Walnut Tree 2019

The Walnut Tree.

The evidence included details of eight regular sports teams that use the pub, three local groups which regularly use it as a meeting facility and monthly events.

The application also included a list of names and signatures from 121 local residents who supported the nomination, as well as letters of support from local groups and clubs.

Landlord Cliff Burke said: “We are very proud of the support of the locals. We actively continue to help make it an inclusive pub for all age groups and walks of life to serve the local community.”

Council leader Martin Cox added: “We are pleased to be able to demonstrate our support for this much valued local pub and the community it serves.

“We welcome requests from anyone who would like to nominate places and spaces in their communities that are important to their local community.

"Libraries, community centres, pubs, village shops or green spaces that are of value to the community they serve can be nominated as an asset of community value.

"Once certain criteria are met, we can then consider the request.”

The Localism Act introduced a Community Right to Bid for Assets of Value to the Community, meaning if the pub ever comes up for sale, locals have up to six months to raise the funds to bid for it themselves.

The aim is to ensure that buildings and amenities can be kept in public use and remain an integral part of community life.



MILBURN Mark pre 1839

SKINNER Mr 1839+

KINGSNORTH William 1841+ (fruiterer age 35 in 1841Census)

COPPINS Thomas 1851+ (age 52 in 1851Census)

EVENDEN William 1858+ (also Bootmaker)

BRYANT Robert 1861+ (also paper maker age 53 in 1861Census)

COUCHMAN Thomas 1881-82+ (also Farm Labourer age 43 in 1881Census)

GOAD Thomas 1891+ (age 39 in 1891Census)

WATTS Charles 1925-38+

BURKE Cliff 2019+




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