East Street

The Sussex Arms

By Peter Bourne

The Sussex Arms in East Street was once on the edge of a small harbour occupied by fishing boats in the 18th-19th centuries. The area is now occupied by the taxi rank. Likewise two tall and narrow Lobel elms (Ulmus 'Lobel') stand near the public house and these are two of the first public plantings of this species in the UK.
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This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
My mum lived in Clarendon Mansions on the end of East Street in the 1960s. My grandmother was the buildings' caretaker so the family had a flat on the top floor with sea views! Mum has stories of watching the Mods and Rockers chasing each other along the seafront, plus it was always the place where everyone met up - as it was right in the centre of town.
By Catherine (27/02/2006)

The Sussex Arms was one of my father's favourite pubs in the 1960s and he once told me that it was often used by surgeons from the Sussex County Hospital who - in those days - dressed in pinstripes and always wore a buttonhole. They often lunched there and then took taxis back the hospital. One doctor was apparently an expert in the art of pouring a White Shield Worthington - so they must have had steady hands, despite a convivial lunch.

By Adrian Baron (24/01/2007)

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