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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1826+

Miller's Arms

Open 2020+

2 Mill Lane / 19 St. Radigund's Street


01227 456057

Canterbury map 1874

Above location identified on the 1874 map by Rory Kehoe.

Miller's Arms 1924

Above photo, circa 1924. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The huge building was Abbot's Mill, opened in 1792 and destroyed by fire in 1933 when it was called Denne's Mill.

Miller's Arms 1931

Above photo, circa 1931, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Miller's Arms 1933

Above photo, 1933, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Miller's Arms 1955

Above photo, circa 1955. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Millers Arms 1965

Above photo by Edward Wilmot 1965.

Miller's Arms drawing 1965

Above print from "City of Canterbury Streets and Buildings," drawing by John Berbiers. 15 April 1965.

Millers Arms matchbox 1974

Above matchbox, circa 1974, kindly sent by John Gladish.

Miller's Arms 1977 with Dickie Davis

Above photo, 1977, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Licensees, Maria and Simon Taylor, with Dickie Davies (presenter of ITV's World of Sport) on the pub's opening night, following extensive renovation. The pub had previously been a Fremlin's, then a Whitbread house, before being closed down. In 1977 it became Canterbury's first city centre free house. In his hand, Dickie Davies holds a telegram which read "Please give Maria and husband Simon my best wishes and I wish them great success at the "Miller's Arms" and hope it becomes The Greatest. The best of luck from The Greatest, Muhammad Ali." Maria was the daughter of Mike Barrett, the well-known boxing promoter.

Licensee Simon Taylor 1979

Above photo circa 1978, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing licensee Simon Taylor and his Newfoundland named Friend.

Miller's Arms 1979

Above photo circa 1979, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Photo was taken not long after Whitbread's sold the pub and it became a free house.

Miller's Arms Millers Arms 

Above photos taken by Paul Skelton, 19 May 2012.

Millers Arms sign 1991Millers Arms sign 1991

Millers Arms signs July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Millers Arms sign 1994Miller's Arms sign 2012

Millers Arms sign left November 1994, sign right by Paul Skelton 2012.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Millers Arms sign 2020Millers Arms sign 2020

Above signs, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.


In 1144 King Stephen sold Abbots Mill to the Abbot of St. Augustine's on the condition that all corn ground could only be used for the monastery. Henry II during his reign between 1154 and 1189 gave the mill to the people of Canterbury. The mill was leased to various tenants by the City of Canterbury until 1792 when a new mill was built on the same site from plans drawn up by John Smeaton, this towered 100 feet tall and was on the opposite side to that of the pub of which the first part was built in 1826. The land upon which the pub was built was originally marsh and wasteland and was purchased for 30 by a Mr. Acors. The premises was originally a "Book and Ballard" shop run by his widow. Extensions were added and the premises started to supply drink for the millers opposite and the "Millers Arms" was opened.

However the mill, now known as Denne's Mill was destroyed on 17th October, 1933 when a fire took hold. A large beam fell across the "Miller's Arms" but the pub was saved by the swift action of the firemen.

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 "Labouring and artisans."

The premises gained a Grade II listing on 7 September 1972.

The Taylor brothers were licensees in 1977 and they started the new Canterbury Brewery.

Andrew Baxter tells me that he used to spend most weekends with the boys in this Pub. He says:- "We travelled from East Ham as the music and DJ’s around 1986-1989 was the best around. It followed the rise of Radio London and the Soul and RnB music centred around the Streetsounds record label. I remember the late Steve Walsh used to do an odd night there. It had a great atmosphere and was like a small nightclub Friday and Saturdays was rammed.

More recently, the pub was again extended and became an hotel and restaurant.


From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 3 September, 1859. Price 1d.


There were six applications for new licenses.

Isaac Pierce, for the “Millers Arms,” St Radigunds;

The whole of these, were refused.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.


There were nine applications for new licenses, as follow:—

Granted. Isaac Barlow, for the "Tower Inn," Pound-lane.

Elizabeth Martin, for the "Kentish Arms," sic Westgate.

Refused. William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound-lane.

Isaac Pierce, for the "Millers Arms," Pound-lane.

James Henry Robins, for the "Sovereign," Castle-street.

Richard Yeomans, for the "Steam Packet," North-lane.

John Sidney Hawkes, for the "Cannon Inn," Northgate sic.

Edward Yeomans, for the "Man of Kent."

John Gillis, for the "Fortune of War."

A billiard license was granted to William Dilnot Wildish, Parade. Possible "Brewery Tap."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.


The applications for new licenses were then made, as follows:-

Charles Hills, "Miller's Arms," North Lane. Granted.

Isaac Pierce, "Miller's Arms," St. Radigund's. Granted.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 6 February, 1864.


Thomas Ranehett was charged with assaulting Isaac Pierce, the landlord of the “Millers' Arms” public house.

Complainant deposed that on the previous afternoon, about half-past four the prisoner went to his house, but as he was intoxicated, complainant refused to draw him any beer. Prisoner was provoked at his refusal, and he struck the complainant a violent blow in the eye. The police were sent for, and the defendant given into custody.

Prisoner in defence said that he had no recollection of entering the complainant's house at all.

The Bench found him guilty, and he was fined 5s., and 6s. costs.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 21 September 1867. Price 1d.


Arthur, Mary and William Rackham were summoned by the police for fighting in the streets. It appeared that the parties had been drinking in the "Miller's Arms" on Sunday, and that on their leaving (in the afternoon) they fought in the streets, thereby creating a disturbance. The magistrates, after cautioning the defendants to their future conduct, dismissed the charge on their consenting to pay the costs.


From the Whitstable Times, 24 December, 1870.

Charles Love, miller, was charged with awaiting Henry Smith, in the “Millers’ Arms,” on Saturday night last.

Complainant deposed that as he was warming some porter in the public-house named, at ten o’clock on Saturday night, defendant went in and called him a “shadow.” Complainant told him he was no more of a shadow than he was, and defendant offered to fight him, and when he refused to respond to the challenge, defendant called him a “brummagem -----“ and pushed him, causing him to fall to the ground, and the fall stunned him for a time. Defendant persisted in fighting, but he (complainant) got away by running out of the door.

Defendant:- How could you run if you were stunned? (Laughter.)

Complainant:- It only lasted for a time.

Robert Gawler said defendant commenced the quarrel by pushing the plaintiff about; at least this was the first of the affair he witnessed.

Defendant said plaintiff had been discharged from the service he was in, and had given him a deal of trouble. When he went in the house complainant began swearing at him and assumed a fighting attitude, and complainant in the scuffle fell down, and afterwards ran out of the door like a shot.

David Tilly said when he went in complainant was using most beastly language, which arose from an old grievance. He did not see any scuffle.

In answer to the Bench, witness admitted that he did not see the commencement of the quarrel.

The Magistrates thought there might have been some provocation, and fined defendant 5s; costs, 11s.



PIERCE Isaac 1858-65 dec'd (also gardener age 39 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Edward Wilmot Canterbury

PIERCE Maria 1865+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury

DALTON George (married above) 1865-74+ Edward Wilmot CanterburyPost Office Directory 1874Census

DALTON Mrs 1882-88+ Post Office Directory 1882Edward Wilmot Canterbury

DIXON Walter J B 1891-1903+ (age 38 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

WOOD William Herbert 1911-38+ (age 41 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

TAYLOR Simon & brother 1977-79+ Edward Wilmot Canterbury



Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Edward Wilmot CanterburyInns of Canterbury by Edward Wilmot, 1988



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