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Earliest 1844-

Maidstone Arms

Latest 1874+

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Paddock Wood


I have only found the one reference for this one so far in the 1874 and from the account below, it would have been in walking distance of the "Kent Arms."

The date of its opening is unknown but the land for it was leased from the railway around 1843 and it was probably up and running by 1844. It is said this was the first licensed house in the Paddock Wood area.

Further research suggests that between 1874 and 1890 it had changed name to the "Railway Hotel."


Maistone and Kentish Journal, 1 December, 1898.

Paddock Wood. Larceny.

Frederick Levitt, 58, gardener, pleading not guilty to an indictment charging him with having stolen two flower pots and plants, the property of John Henry Baldwin, of the "Maidstone Road Inn," Paddock Wood, on November 8th.

Mr. Hohler appeared for the prosecution.

It appeared that the prisoner visited the inn on the day in question and the ensuing morning the plants were missed from the greenhouse. He afterwards saw the landlord of the "Beltring Bell Inn," and sold the plants to him for 4d. Prisoner contended that he purchased the plants, together with some tools.

The Judge, in summing up, expressed his regret that there was no power given to the Magistrates to dispose of such cases of petty larceny.

Prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to 1 month's hard labour.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 10 April 1874.

Paddock Wood. Drunk and disorderly.

Thomas Semark was charged with being drunk and disorderly, at Paddock Wood, on the 6th inst.

I.C. Holman said that on the previous evening about 7 o'clock, as he was passing the "Kentish Arms," he heard a great disturbance inside. He went into the room, and saw the defendant quarrelling with another man about some beer. The landlord turned the defendant out of the bar three times, and the third time when he went back again he refused to do anything to him. He afterwards went to the "Maidstone Arms," and the defendant, who was there then, followed him out and abused him. He then took defendant, who was very drunk, into custody. The defendant said that he did not remember anything about it, but admitted that he was a little the worse for drink.

The defendant was fined 5s. and 7s. 11d. costs, or in default 14 days.

The Chairman directed the Superintendent to make a note of the house, and Superintendent Dance said that there would be a complaint made against the landlord.




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