Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1881-

Mill House Tavern

Latest 2009

St. Martin's Hill


Mill House Tavern

Above picture taken from Google maps July 2009.

Mill House Tavern sign 1991

Mill House Tavern signs July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Mill House 1965

Above photo taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.


Opposite to the army barracks and built about the same time and was frequented by them. The name of the pub refers to the nearby windmill.

The pub originally had 3 bars, and licensees Mr. and Mrs. Howard, in 1963 thought they may have been to cater for privates, NCOs and Officers respectively. The third bar having disappeared during alterations just prior to 1963.

It is said there used to be an older "Mill House" which stood next to the road, nearly opposite the windmill.

The Inns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot's,1988, mentions a document, date circa 1945 that gives the description of clientele at the pub as being "Locals, soldiers, some car traffic."

In April 2011 the premises was totally destroyed by fire.


From 5 April 2011

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a disused pub in Canterbury.

The fire at the derelict building on Littlebourne Road broke out 1.30am this morning.

At its height around 20 firefighters and a height vehicle were needed to bring the flames at the former Mill House Tavern on Littlebourne Road under control.

The pub has been severely damaged but no injuries have been reported.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 April, 2011. by Joe Walker

A disused pub in Canterbury was completely destroyed after a fire ripped through it in the early hours of this morning.

Mill House fire

More than 30 fire-fighters were called into action when the Mill House Tavern in St Martin's Hill went up in flames at 1.30am.

The pub – a former favourite of soldiers at Howe Barracks – was gutted by the blaze, which spread through both floors and the roof.

Four crews and a specialist height vehicle helped tackle the flames, which took more than two hours to put out.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, but crews confirmed no one was hurt.

Amateur photographer Dave Topman raced to the scene at 2.30am after receiving a call from his cabbie son.

Mill House fire

He said: “He rang me and said the pub was on fire so I went down there. The entire building was ablaze.

“Just moments after I started taking photos the roof collapsed. It looked like the whole place was going to be gutted by the fire.”

The pub is set to be turned into a 78-bedroom nursing home by Essex-based Runwood Homes.


From the Dover Mercury, 7 April, 2011.


FIREFIGHTERS from Dover were among those who tackled a blaze at a disused pub in Canterbury early on Tuesday. The fire in the derelict building on Littlebourne Road broke out 1.30am and Dover fire crews were there until 4am.

The pub was severely damaged.



Latest information (Jan 2014) tells me that the area has been cleared and is awaiting redevelopment. If anyone can supply a photo that would be appreciated.



STYLES Joseph 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

DAVY William Thomas (Bill) 1940s

HOWARD Mr & Mrs P 1963+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury


Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988



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