(Source: Kent Messenger Directory of Maidstone, 1904, p. 30)


1549 Maidstone Church plundered of its vestments
1549 Edward VI. granted the Palace of Maidstone to Sir Thomas Wyatt, of Allington Castle.
1552 Maidstone first incorporated July 4th, Richard Heley being Mayor.
1552 Sir T. Wyatt executed at Sevenoaks for rebellion, Charter of Maidstone forfeited.
1555 Seven men and women burnt in the Meadow for religious opinions
1560 The 2nd Charter granted to the town, Dec. 4th, W. Green being Mayor.
1568 The Walloons first settled in Maidstone and established the thread manufactory
1605 Third Charter granted to Maidstone, with further privileges, etc
1620 Maidstone Bridge repaired by assessment on the town and parish
1648 Maidstone taken by the Parliamentary Forces, June 2nd
1649 No Assizes held at Maidstone for 2 years there being no prisoners
1652 Several old women tried at the Assizes, natives of Swanscombe, as witches, August 2nd
1682 An alteration and a 5th Charter granted to the town, R. Saunders, Esq., then Mayor
1701 The rights of the Freemen confirmed by Parliament, February 7th.
1702 The above rights confirmed again, December 8th
1735 The old Gaol, where the Fishmarket stood, petitioned to be taken down.
1746 The County Gaol finished
1748 The 6th and present Charter granted, Ed. Hunter, Esq., being Mayor
1751 A Cattle Market granted to the town by letters patent
1763 A great hailstorm at Maidstone, August 19th
1764 The Court Hall finished
1765 Prisoners broke out of County gaol and murdered the turnkey, Aug. 7th
1778 His late Majesty, George III., passed through Maidstone after reviewing the troops on Coxheath
1791 An Act passed for paving and improving the town
1797 The Royal Cavalry Barracks finished
1799 Review of Volunteers in Mote Park by George III.
1844 Railway from Maidstone to Paddock Wood opened
1856 Railway from Maidstone to Strood completed
1874 L.C. and D. Railway to London opened. Extended to Ashford, 1884.
1875 Sewage Scheme for Maidstone adopted
1879 Maidstone New Bridge opened
1887 Her Majesty's Jubilee. The old Palace purchased by subscriptions and presented to the town.
1894 Opening of the New Technical Schools, Maidstone, by H.R.H. the late Duke of Cambridge
1895 Opening of the New Swimming Baths by the Mayor, G. F. Baker, Esq.
1897 Serious outbreak of typhoid fever at Maidstone
1898 Foundation stone laid of the Victoria Free Library
1899 Opening of Victoria Free Library by Lord Mayor of London. Royal Agricultural Society's Show held in Mote Park in June.
1900 John Barker elected M.P. for Maidstone at the General Election by a majority of 38.
1901 John Barker unseated on petition, February 13th
1901 Sir F. Evans returned M.P. for Maidstone by a majority of 193, March 1st
1901 Municipal Electric Light Works opened in Maidstone, December 19th.
1902 Fatal gas explosion on Maidstone Bridge, November 21st.
1903 Unveiling South African War Tablet in Museum by Lord Mayor of London (Sir Marcus Samuel, Bart.).

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