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grid reference TL 709 743

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last updated 25/01/2020

Mildenhall Ship

historical closure era: late 20th century

closed between 1975 and 1978?

Mill St

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The Ship is also reported as being in Bridge Street.

The pub is shown on OS maps at least as late as 1970, but can't be seen on the 1975 or subsequent sheets.

It's shown here on an old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

I was stationed with the USAF at RAF Mildenhall twice (1966-1969 & 1987-1991). I played darts for the Ship's team in 1966. Mrs Williams was the operator and had a little guy named Cyril who worked for her. Cyril knocked her stone wall over once with her car. It just fell over all in one piece and was stood right back up, amazing. She was a great lady. She used to loan us ten shillings each on the nights before payday and we would drink beer and play darts in the room in the back just off the bar, with a coal burning fireplace. Beer was only 2 bob in those days (Steward & Pattison). We would pay her back after pay day. She had a large standard poodle name "Topper". Those were the days my friend. Thank you for doing such a splendid job with this web site. Sorry for taking too much of your time.from Richard K. Rogers
The Ship at Mildenhall definitely closed after 1975. I recall having my last drink in there with my parents. They lived in Mildenhall only leaving in Sept 1980. At a guess I would say The Ship closed no earlier than 1978. If I find a closer date in my diaries I'll let you know.Martin York

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.