44 Nargate Street
Willow Cottage, shown above (better photo needed) was the first
Basketmakers Arms Public House in Littlebourne before it moved to the
corner house 44 Nargate Street, shown below.
Willow Cottage dates back to 1642 and is of one storey with attics.
The front elevation is rendered, with other elevations being of painted
brick. The peg tile roof has gable ends with axial chimneystacks. Modern
properties Holmbury and The Vicarage are set back from the road,
screened by tall hedging and ornamental trees. A gravel drive leading to
'Conifers' runs between The Vicarage and Church Cottages.
The latest Basketmakers Arms is situated on the corner of Church Road
as shown below, but is unfortunately closed. At present I have no
further details of when the original pub moved or when the latter one
This extract is from the book "Inns of Kent";
Whitbread & Co. Ltd.; 1948 :-
At Littlebourne is to be found The "Basketmaker's Arms," at the corner
of a road junction, with a nice fan-shaped window and looking all a
country inn should be.
More details hopefully to be added.
Photos by Nick Smith and Paul Skelton 2007.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7
May, 1926. Price 1½d.
Plans were approved for alterations to the "Basketmakers' Arms,"
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 March, 1933. Price 1½d.
A wine on-licence was granted to the licensee of the "Basket Makers
ROLFE Charles 1899+
(basket maker & beer retailer)
COLLAND John 1922-Apr/25
HARRIS Arthur Townsend Apr/1925-Jan/41
HARRIS Mrs Jan/1941+
According to the Dover Express, Arthur Harris joined the H.M. forces.
the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Dover Express