Sort file:- Plumstead, August, 2020.

Page Updated:- Friday, 07 August, 2020.


Earliest ????

Old Mill Inn

Open 2020+

Old Mill Road


020 3719 1499

Old Mill Inn

Above photo by Clare Crawford, date, late Victorian from

Old Mill

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Brian Brockie.

Old Mill Inn 2006

Photo taken from by Matt Martin, in November 2006.

Old Mill 2016

Above photo 6 November 2016, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.

Old Mill inside 2016

Above photo 6 November 2016, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.


This is one of the pubs in the area that is known as the "Five Idlers."

The poem that goes with the story is as follows:-

The Star which doesn't shine in the sky,

The Woodman who doesn't cut down trees,

The Ship that cannot sail the seas,

The Mill which doesn't grind corn,

And Who'd a Thought it!


From a 19th century auction.

Lot Two.

A freehold property, consisting of a most valuable and speculative free house, called the "Orange Tree," which has recently been considerably enlarged and embellished, and now in capital condition.

Situate at Wilmington. A commanding position at the junction of the road from Dartford Heath, the Town, Wilmington, and Farningham.

The house and premises are brick and timber built, and contains 3 Bedrooms, Modern Bar with Bay Window, Bar Parlour, Large Parlour or Club Room, Tap Room, Kitchen, Wash House, and Good Garden. Stabling for 6 horses, and Coach House.

In the occupation of Mr. Johnson.

Held with a piece of land in the rear. At the rental of 25 per annum.

The apportioning rent of house and premises is 23 per annum.


The pub developed from an 18th century windmill, the core of which still remains and towers over the pub building. It was once tied to the Cannon Brewery then to Beasley's Plumstead Brewery, until 1963 when taken over by Courage.



JOHNSON Mr 19th century

COLLETT Reuben 1862+

AYLES James 1866+

PENNY O S to May/1868

SUTHERLAND Arthur May/1869+

GOLDSMITH George 1874-Mar/76 Next pub licensee had

STONE Edwin Mar/1876+

TANNER James Henry 1881+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

HARPER Joseph 1891+ (age 43 in 1891Census)

LAMBERT George William to Mar/1894 Kentish Mercury

RAMSEY Walter Mar/1894-1908+ Kentish Mercury

KENDALL John Charles 1911-14+ (age 40 in 1911Census)

HERITAGE George Francis 1919+

COPELIN Herbert Edward 1938+

HARDWICK Emily Mary 1944+



Kentish MercuryKentish Mercury


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