Page Updated:- Sunday, 20 March, 2022.


Earliest 1848-

Bull Inn

Latest 1988+


New Hythe

Bull 1920s

Above photo, circa 1920's. Also showing the sign for the "Ferry Inn" in the background. By kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Bull 1960s

Above photo, circa 1960s. By kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Bull 1988

Above photo 1988, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.


The death of John Brenchley in 1848 made mention of the fact that he was late of Maidstone and Kent brewer, being the brother-in-law of Mr. Henry Kingsford, in his will it was estimated his property connected with the brewery and public houses totalled at 40,000; there are upwards of sixty public houses, taverns, and inns, and among others the "Bull," at Newhithe, and the "George Inn," at Sittingbourne, and the moiety of a malthouse at Maidstone — all this description of property he directs to be held by his sons, John and Alexander, in the division of the estate.

I have reference to the building was sold by Whitbread's in the 1990s and now being an estate agent and has gained a Grade 2 listing.

I am informed by Mr. Robert Copper through Eric Hartland that it was situated on the North side of the level crossing and the "Ferry Inn" by the River Medway with a rowing boat to take workers to and from Eccles for 1d a trip. 



TOMLIN Edward 1861+ (age 53 in 1861Census)

TOMLYN Mary to Nov/1870 Maidstone Telegraph

TOMLYN William Nov/1870+ Maidstone Telegraph

TOMLIN George 1882+

KITCHENER John to Apr/1890

WILSON James Apr/1890+

BUGDEN Frederick 1891+

HAYES Thomas Charles 1901-03+ (also dealer in fish age 26 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

CASTLE James 1913-18+

SHORBRIDGE Harry 1922+

WILLS Thomas William 1930+

MORRIS Thomas 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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