Over the centuries Maidstone earned the title of Kent’s county town and became known for both brewing and paper making which took hold due the riverside location. Fremlin’s Ales & Beers was opened by Ralph Fremlin, of Wateringbury, in 1861 and over the next century grew to become the largest brewery in Kent. The company went on to amass 800 licensed premises which in 1967 were brought by Whitbread, which also owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, and sold off five years later (ME14 1PS).

Fremlin’s iconic elephant can still be seen above the Earl Street entrance of the shopping street, however to this day the reason for the elephant is unknown.

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Whilst on the topic of elephants, elephants were once a common sight at Maidstone Zoo which was a popular tourist attraction until it closed in 1959. For 25 years the local community could hear the lions roaring and Gert and Daisy the elephants were local legends. The zoo’s home at Cobtree Manor Park became run down, but more recently has been given a new lease of life (ME20 7AG).

As for the paper industry in Maidstone, you can find out more about that at The Maidstone Museum which is at St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH. The town still has strong links with paper as the company Smurfitkappa a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in over 30 countries has a site just a couple of miles outside Maidstone at The Mill, Snodland, ME6 5AX.

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Guidance and support in Maidstone

If you’ve been waiting to address the elephant in your room in Maidstone here are some options for you:

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Established in the South East in 1976, Burrough’s Solicitors has developed a strong reputation throughout Maidstone, Gillingham and the Medway Towns of Kent as a professional, efficient and friendly team of solicitors who deliver an effective service at competitive prices. Alliance House, 38 King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BS

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With over 60 years of experience, Morlings Solicitors provide first class professional legal advice concerning family and business interests, delivering specialist expertise, a different perspective and innovative practice in the South East. 1/3 Clarendon Place, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BQ

Don’t forget to consider Estate Planning …. it is very important that you look at your Will when you start divorce proceedings and definitely after!

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Having an up to date will in place is vital in ensuring control over your money, property and possessions and their distribution after your death and that your loved ones are properly cared for. It can also make the lives of those you have left behind a little less daunting.

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Mental wellbeing

You may have come out of an abusive situation or be grieving the loss of a partner; the fact remains that at some point you have to start moving forward. It will be a struggle, but you can’t live in the past. Life will be different but it doesn’t have to be negative. In many cases men and women speak about coming through the other side of these horrific life events as stronger people. Life can be exciting again and there can be a happy ever after if you really want it. Take what you can from the experience; learn from it.

It’s not always easy to stay positive, so do ask family and friends for support. They will be proud of you when you tell them you are ready to move on with your life and have a fresh start. Be honest about your feelings and if you are having a down day, talk about it. You may find that receiving some counselling or coaching can really benefit you as you search for your life goals.

By taking tiny steps you can get to where you want to be. Set yourself realistic targets. Maybe you want to lose weight or get fit. Perhaps you are ready to re-train and start a new career. Just think of it as an exciting new chapter in your life; your mental health will love these positive vibes too.

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