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Old Mill Inn

 

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The Old Mill Inn was situated next to Dipley Mill. This pub is now in residential use.
 
I was told about this pub in 1982 by a friend who lived locally & worked in a nearby pub.
A few years later, I was in the area one Sunday lunchtime & decided to find the pub with my fiancé. I looked at the OS map as I had been told it was by the small stream in Dipley village but easily missed. I still managed to drive right past it & had to reverse.
We went in to find a very small room with just a couple of tables and chairs and a short bar counter, half of which was taken up with a glass food display cabinet. We were the only customers but 5-6 people would be a crowd in that tiny room. An old lady took our order & shuffled off into a side room where the beer was stillaged. After many minutes, she shuffled back, spilling a lot of our beers on the way. She was so frail I didn’t ask for a top up! The beer was Courage best from memory.
A few local farmers came in wearing their muddy wellies & we chatted. I remember a very well worn shove-hapenny board. The walls were decorated with Queen Elizabeth - Prince Philip wedding memorabilia (we felt in a time warp as we had only just had Charles & Diana’s wedding a few years before).
I wish I had taken a photo inside.
In the 90’s I went past the pub again. I had read that the old lady had passed away & stopped to chat to the man moving empty casks on the gravel driveway alongside the pub & stream. He explained that the pub was reverting to residential use.
Mark Geeson (May 2020)
 

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