Fountain, 26 Caves Road, St Leonards

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At Fountain Place in 1878 & earlier. This sea front pub was built in 1837 and is now called the Marina Fountain to avoid confusion with another Fountain pub in Queen's Road 2 miles away (see Hastings list). A very popular pub with the young and not so young, the Fountain is a well patronised biker and everyone else friendly pub with live rock music most weekends and often other types of music at other times. Raised stage area with pool table on it when no bands are playing. Regular quiz nights are also a feature. No special facilities for the disabled, but double doors and everything on one level, so I can't forsee any problems except for narrow toilet doors. Disabled people often do use the pub, but can usually walk short distances. This pub is worth a visit if only to gawp at the splendid array of superb motorbikes often parked outside, the chopped motorbike on stage and Fred Flintstone's old motorcycle in the beer garden. Beer garden/child's play area at rear with fascinating example of heavy Victorian civil engineering holding up the cliff behind the pub which may be related to this 1863 event:
Landlady Stephenie Beale runs, what in my opinion, is the best pub for many miles, certainly the best in the Hastings/St Leonards area. I have no connection with this pub other than as a very satisfied customer who regularly travels three miles to get there, passing at least thirty other pubs on the way. ***

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Fountain, 26 Caves Road, St Leonards - in 2009

Fountain, 26 Caves Road, St Leonards - in 2009

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Residents at this address

1840/Charles Vine, Fountain, Bopeep/../../Pigots Directory

1859/S Noakes/../../../Post Office Directory

1866/W Jenks/../../../Post Office Directory

1878/Wm Nuttman/../../../Post Office Directory

1881/William B Nuttman/Licensed Victualler/31/Cheam, Surrey/Census
1881/Ann Nuttman/Wife/29/Cooksey, Worcester/Census
1881/William B Nuttman/Son/5/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1881/Jack B Nuttman/Son/2/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1881/Fred Nuttman/Son/11 months/St Leonards, Sussex/Census

1890/Timothy Hammond/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Charles Webber/../../../Post Office Directory

1905/Wm Pompey Glazebrook/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/Tom Sellick/../../../Post Office Directory

1918/Walter Emery/../../../Post Office Directory

In 1921 at The Fountain Hotel, St Leonards
Tilden Smith, Licensed Victualler, aged 58 years 0 months, and born in Battle, Sussex, Own Account
Selina Smith, Wife, aged 58 years 8 months, and born in Sussex
Thomas Arthur Smith, Son, Motor Mechanic, Holdawayo Nephew, Furniture Removers, aged 23 years 10 months, and born in Pevensey, Sussex
Lena Margaret Smith, Daughter, Barmaid, J Smith , aged 19 years 6 months, and born in Pevensey, Sussex
Elizabeth Alice Ackerley, Lodger, Waitress, Linsey, Confectioner, aged 42 years 2 months, and born in Stafford, Staffordshire

1938/Samuel J Clee/../../../Post Office Directory

In the 1939 electoral refister at the Fountain Hotel, West Marina
Samuel J Clee, Licensed Victualler, Widowed, born 06 Mar 1893
Leonard J Clee, Groceries Shop Assistant, born 25 Aug 1921
Joy (T)White, Housekeeper, born 28 Apr 1910

My Grandfather, Henry Gurton was the landlord of the pub,approximately the mid 1950's to the very early 1970's. I spent many happy hours as a child in and around the pub and have many fond memories of the place and the events that happened in what was called the Club room at the back (all now knocked through).
I have also seen online, a coach trip photo outside the pub in 1954, & Im convinced its my granfparents leaning out of the upstairs windows, though I cant be sure as its a bit blurry. *


* Provided By L. Williams

*** Provided By Terry Huggins

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