The Sussex, East Street

Photo:The Sussex photographed in 2009

The Sussex photographed in 2009

Photo by Tony Mould

A family Home

By Laurie Phillips

The Sussex in East Street, was the family home of my Mother Ena Woolley, the eldest of four children, Joe, Thelma and Sheila who were the children of my grandfather Maurice Woolley and my grandmother Elizabeth (Bessie) Woolley.

Closed in WWII
They owned the Sussex in the 1930's. They eventually had to close it during the early part of WWII as East Street was under a night time curfew, and they could no longer run the pub. It became a favourite drinking place in my late teens for me and a variety of school friends, along with the Pavilion (The Pav) a little further along East Street.

This page was added on 13/05/2009.
Comments about this page

Although I haven't lived in Brighton (my home town) for five years, I was a regular visitor to this pub. Although I lived in Hove, I worked in Brighton and would always come here after work. Lovely decor and friendly staff, in a great location. I last visited Brighton a year ago, and took my Brazilian girlfriend to 'The Sussex' to give her a taste of a typical Brighton pub, and she loved it too.

By Kevin Latch (17/05/2009)

The Sussex. I and my brother used to drink here, it was our first port of call before continuing on for a pub crawl every Friday night (this in the late 60s). The landlord and lady were an extremely friendly couple whose names I believe were Jim and Eileen- they knew my brother and me by our names, Rod and Keith. Rod being five years older than me, we meet our respective friends in the Sussex and would then go our separate ways, meeting up again at closing time to go for a curry at The Bombay just up from the clock tower going towards Brighton Station. I can remember some nights filling this curry house with our two groups. Happy Days

By Keith Balcombe (06/12/2012)

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