The Old Mill pub is a historic pub right on Plumstead Common. The windmill was built on Plumstead Common in 1764.
In 1827, there was an accident at the mill when so many people crowded onto the stage to watch a sham fight that it gave way, injuring a number of them. In 1848, the mill was converted into a brewhouse, having been disused for a number of years previously.
Plumstead Common Windmill was marked on the 1819-43 Ordnance Survey map. Photographs show it was once tied to the Cannon Brewery (visited on my Road to Ruin Walk) then to Beasley’s Plumstead Brewery, until 1963 when taken over by Courage.
A c.1905 postcard of The Old Mill public house on Plumstead Common with the remains of the Plumstead Windmill adjoining. The pub developed from an 18th century windmill, the core of which still remains and towers over the pub building (see main photo).
For many years the pub has been dedicated to real ales and has regularly been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.