Solving the mystery of historic pub

PUB regulars with long memories are being asked to help solve a mystery.

It concerns the historic Lewes Arms pub, in Mount Place, and the layout of its interior.

The pub Heritage Group of the Campaign for Real Ale already has the hostelry on its Regional Inventory list.

But there may well be a case to elevate The Lewes Arms to the elite National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors (see www.heritagepubs.org.uk). The left hand bar was once two rooms and was combined at some stage – the big question being when.

Heritage group committee member Chris Witt said he had searched archives and records but nowhere could find any plans or descriptions that give a clue as to when the two rooms were made into one.

“Planning records since 1948 make no mention,” he said. “Collective memory of locals at the pub confirms the present layout was extant in 1962 and one person recalls – from a long deceased relative – there were two rooms in the early 1930s.

“All this would seem to indicate that the amalgamation of the rooms was made sometime between 1935 and 1962. If we can establish if this was pre- or post-World War Two then it would influence whether the pub is included on the prestigious National Inventory.”

Anyone who may be able to shed light on things should contact chriswitt@bassett85.plus.com