A selection of photos taken around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

I travelled south to visit Maidstone last weekend on the occasion of Dulwich Hamlet FC playing the local team, and took time to wander around the town centre and grab some photos.

Located 32 miles south-east of London with a population around 115,000, Maidstone dates back to Roman times, and is the county town of Kent.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

This is the rather sad sight of the ‘The Vic’ pub that greets you as you leave the station.  

Formerly known as The Victoria Hotel, the pub opened in the early 1880s, but has been boarded up for several years.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Maidstone follows the format of a lot of smaller towns around the UK, with a run down town centre full of struggling independents, while a new shopping centre plays host to familiar big brands.

‘You’ll love our prices,’ says the sign over Right Kard.

A poster on the bulletin boards had this to say about the place:

This used to be a chippy in the 70s/80s – I went to primary school next door. Two doors down there used to be an proper Italian ice cream parlour called ‘De Marco’s’ – there is still a mosiac ‘D’ in the entrance to the shop. That top part of the town near the station used to be thriving, its pretty grim now. In fact I’d say the pictures on the blog really do the town a favour, every time I go back it feels more grim than before.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Blockbuster finally threw in the towel at Maidstone on December 2013, flinging its staff on the dole right before Christmas.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Sign inside the empty building.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Church and alley.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Closed ‘Main St’ store with homeless person’s sleeping bag in the doorway.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Modern Italian furniture store. ‘Rugs, throws and much more!’

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Deep Blue fish and chips on Union Street. Note the large blue tarpaulin covering the roof.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Striking old building on the main pedestrianised shopping road in Maidstone, Week Street.

The house is an example of a pargetted house, which dates back to 1680.

Pargetting, a term describing the use of external lime plaster in a decorative manner with incised or moulded surfaces, became common when the wattle and daub of the half-timbered Tudor houses began to fall into decay. [--]

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Busker fails to attract any loose change from passing shoppers.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

The 1862 Queen Victoria Monument, in Jubilee Square, Maidstone.

The local paper reports that it was slightly damaged last month when a bus reversed into one of the lamps.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Bank Street, which retains a typical medieval street layout. Some of its shops date from the 15th-17th centuries.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

A busker with green hair outside The Sun.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Another High Street casualty.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Drakes Cork & Caskhouse, Fairmeadow, Maidstone.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

The old entrance to Fremlins Brewery, now repurposed to serve as an entrance to the new Fremlin Shopping Centre.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

By the theatre.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

St Faith’s Street.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

River Medway runs through the middle of the town .

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Fetch!

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Bargain of the year! Was £299.00 but now £299.99!

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Grade II listed Tudor cottage on the junction of St. Faith Street and Station Road.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Stylish dog in the shopping centre.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Brenchly Park view.

Photos around the town centre of Maidstone, Kent, southern England, UK

Brenchly Pavilion against the setting sun.

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