Introduction to Portslade

Popular pubs photographed in the 1970s

By Ray Hamblett

The Southern Cross

Demolished to make way for the Old Shoreham Road widening scheme

The Stag

In the Old Village, open for business

The Alexandra Inn

On the Wellington Road

The George Inn

In the Old Village just up from the Stag

Photo:Southern Cross

Southern Cross

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Photo:The Stag

The Stag

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Photo:The George Inn

The George Inn

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Photo:The Alexandra

The Alexandra

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

This page was added on 14/11/2007.
Comments about this page

I wonder how long it will be before these popular pubs are forced out of business by the extreme views of a the small but vocal anti-smoking minority.

By J. Curtis (non smoker) (12/01/2008)

They wont be forced out of business at all. It's just a smoke screen (pun intended) to make people feel sorry for smokers. In any case, these pubs went downhill YEARS ago.

By Don Cropone (27/01/2008)

Hi, glad to see The Stag still around I was born there on the 6th July 1949. I now live in Yorkshire but am now making regular trips down to Brighton. Plan to visit The Stag next time.

By Fran Perry (nee Dawes) (23/11/2009)

I remember the Stag well I was married in 1961 and held my reception there. We had a great time. My maiden name was Morley and I lived in Valley Road.

By Beryl Thompson (27/12/2009)

My Grandparents managed the Southern Cross Pub in that era they served the community of Portslade well during the war times and after. It was a sad old day when the Old Shoreham Road got widened and shops stood empty. Portslade was a thriving village, now everyone dismisses it in a blink of an eye.

By Carol Lee (16/01/2010)

Does anyone remember Burt Hickley - worked at The George for years - think somewhere probably in the sixties and seventies

By denise (24/02/2010)

I also lived in the Stag's Head from 1968 until 1984 with my grandparents Ted & Dorothy Routledge.

By Karen Highfield(Routledge) (06/08/2010)

Hello Karen.  If I remember correctly you worked behind the bar on occasions along with Ted and Chris. I used to drink in there with Dave Shields and was captain of the darts team. I used to work at the 'naughty boys' school.

By Steve Redhead (21/01/2011)

I agree with you J.Curtis, sorry I don't agree with Don. These are nice pubs (no they didn't go downhill, some people, myself included, like pubs the way they are, unpretentious and traditional). Unfortunately the smoking ban is to blame for the closure of pubs (25% of British pubs now closed because of the smoking ban). Littlehampton and Peacehaven pubs went the same way after the smoking ban. I too remember the Southern Cross, it would be so lovely to have these old pubs back again, I find going to an old pub for a drink rather comforting and reasuring.

By Trevor Wilcox (14/02/2012)

Saw Max Miller outside the Southern Cross. I think he had some connection to it, the cheeky chappie...

By Peter Abbott (02/10/2012)

People always forget the estate pubs, Mill House being one, now a free house cause enterprise got bored, not big business but it is still a community pub for the locals run by a young couple but owned by business people who have bought a few other forgotten pubs not local. Only problem is they want to double its size making it a sausage pub with a restaurant. Will it take off or will the community lose its local? We've recently lost the Halfway, Gardners. Little Cricks, soon Blue Anchor.

By Ken Rist (26/02/2013)

We have run the Battle of Trafalgar in Portslade since July 2011. It was also under threat off closure - thanks to the support of our customers thing are going well. Does anyone have any pictures of the Battle through the years? We have some pictures but would like to have some more as we want to dedicate a wall to the history of the pub. Thanks, Buster & Julie.

By Julie Smith (08/05/2014)

Do any old timers recall which old village pub hosted the Buffaloes meetings during the war years - was it the Stag or the George? I remember sitting outside one of them with my lemonade but did we have crisps in them days ?

By Den King (13/02/2015)

I have a medallion awarded to my grandfather (Edgar Smith) which is engraved on the reverse: "United Darts League; Winners; Alexandra Inn 1938 - 39. E Smith."

By Alan Phillips (25/01/2017)

I used to live in the house that was attached to the Alexandria (shown as an empty shell in the photo above) until about 1960. I then moved to Wickhurst Rise in Upper Portslade.

By Arthur P (08/08/2017)

Arthur P, I only just saw your post regarding where you used to live. We went through all our school lives together I believe Arthur and it would be nice to meet up again after all these years - along with anyone else you may be in touch with. Please get in touch via Arthur if you are interested in a beer one day or evening.

By Alan Phillips (18/03/2018)