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pub closures

On 10 Jun 2008 at 12:54pm Taff wrote:
Prior to the Windmill, Fruiterers and Price of Wales what was the last Lewes pub to close and when?
Perhaps we can continue backwards on this one?
On 10 Jun 2008 at 1:12pm Lord Landport wrote:
Good call but think you have covered most of them
the only other one i can think of was the newmarket closed for a while and became a little thief sorry chef now back as pub.
On 10 Jun 2008 at 7:25pm kitty cat wrote:
How about name changes too? Pewter Pot-Meridian, Dorset-Manxman-Dorset, Lansdown Arms-White Star-Lansdown Arms, Station Hotel-Hop leaf-Pump House. Can anybody think of anymore x
On 10 Jun 2008 at 9:36pm Mark wrote:
Don't forget Pewter Pot was called The Riflemen once.
On 13 Jun 2008 at 2:28pm dats wrote:
Where's the Pump House?
On 13 Jun 2008 at 3:54pm Mark wrote:
next to Cooksbridge Railway station dats.
On 13 Jun 2008 at 3:57pm dats wrote:
aaah yes, of course it is - duh! Thanks :-)
On 13 Jun 2008 at 11:20pm lopster wrote:
bit of confusion here surely the Pump House should be listed as a closure not a name change now?
On 14 Jun 2008 at 3:41pm mint wrote:
I have a book called "The Inns of Lewes, past and present" - by LS Davey published in 1977 (as an aside I seem to remember that the author's son was on Antiques Roadshow or some similar show recently wanting to sell of his father's collection of local memorabilia). The book lists a huge number of pubs that no longer exist.
It mentions "The Crown Shades" in Market Lane behind "The Crown" (which was once called "The Black Lion") as having closed a few years ago. What is now the Bookies in Cliffe High St (No. 49) was a pub called "The Castle" until a few years before the publication of the book.
It says that a pub called "The Cleopatra" closed last year (meaning 1976). It was at 123 Malling Street and it was called "The Wheatsheaf" until a few years prior.
It mentions The Schooner Inn in South Street existing in 1836, but it is not clear from the text whether it is was still in operation at the time the book was written, but I think it was probably closed by then.
I moved to Lewes in '94 and I can't think of any other than those in the first post that have closed since I've been here. So the contender for the last pub to close before that would be the "Cleopatra or Wheatsheaf as was" in Malling Street.
You can still see the signage of the "Red White & Blue" in Friars Walk painted over. It closed in 1960 or there abouts.
BTW it also mentions that "The Royal Oak used to be called "The White Horse".
See also h++p://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/county-rouser/Victor39s-quest-for-our-brewing.2937852.jp
On 14 Jun 2008 at 4:25pm Mark wrote:
couple of others The Thatch was in South Street and I am told The Bell used to be in Lewes.
Rember Cleopatra being open and the top British Legion.
On 14 Jun 2008 at 5:40pm The Tooth fairy wrote:
The Bell was in Eastport Lane, The Dolphin in St Nicholas Lane, The Jolly Friars at No. 24 Priory Street, The Fox on what is know the roundabout at Sotherham, The Fountain a couple of doors up from the chip shop in South Street. I think the Thatched House was also in South Street.
On 14 Jun 2008 at 9:45pm Mystic Mog wrote:
Was the last pub to close the one that was on the market site??

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