DAVID ARNOLD - The one that got away

There was much excitement reported in the “Sussex Express” of 18th October 1963 concerning the completion of The Buckle public house on Seaford seafront.

The new building cost £28,000 and was described as “magnificent”. It replaced an earlier Buckle Inn that stood nearby but was condemned to be demolished, an act carried out earlier in the same month. The original Buckle building had been a row of cottages a century before.

First choice of a name for the new pub was The Goldfish but the suggestion hardly “bowled” over the locals and the idea was quietly dropped. The Buckle closed in 2005 and the building was converted into a private residence.