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Maidstone, Chronicle of Local Events


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


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