Posted on Jun 17, 2018

The Startled Saint, St Leonards Street, West Malling

The Startled Saint used to be the local pub for the airmen stationed at nearby RAF West Malling during and after the second World War.

The original Landlady, Alice Baker, claimed it was opened on the day WWII started in 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pub’s most famous client was Wing Commander Guy Gibson (centre) who led the famous Dam Busters Raid in 1941.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, due to it’s remoteness from West Malling, it closed in the late 80’s early 90’s and is now a private dwelling. The pub sign, a copy of which still adorns the front of the house, depicts St Leonard being ‘buzzed’ by several Spitfires.

 

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