Norman Hotel, 1 Norman Road, St Leonards

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The Piper, originally the ‘Norman Hotel and Tavern’, opened after 1845. *
Called the Norman Arms (2010), but known to locals simply as the Norman, this 1840s pub stands on the corner of Norman Road and Western Road. At 15 Norman Street in the 1861 and 1871 census. It was demolished and rebuilt in 1938 and this was said to have been done without the pub ever needing to close! Local legend has it that the Landlord, Leonard Collinson, was known to regulars as "Colly" and a practical joker once took a pony upstairs and tied it to his bed. There had once been a beer house next door called thes Warrior's Arms, but little is known about it. ***

Norman Arms, 1 Norman Road - in July 2010

Norman Arms, 1 Norman Road - in July 2010

Kindly provided by Terry Huggins

Also see the Hastings site

Directory of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St Leonards, Sussex.

Residents at this address.

Alfred Holland is shown at the Norman Hotel, Norman Road in the 1858 Melville & Co´s Directory and Gazetteer of Sussex *

In 1854; Eliza Palmer, aged 49, (formerly Sadler, maiden name Parks) was a widow to William Sadler, a Tea Dealer/Hawker, and living in Battle, when she married William Mumford Palmer, aged 36, who appears considerably younger than her. *

Alfred Holland was followed by William Mumford Palmer, husband to Eliza.*

1859, William Palmer of the Norman Hotel, Norman Road East, Saint Leonards *

1861/William M Palmer/Hotel Keeper/43/Ipswich, Suffolk/Census
1861/Eliza Palmer/Wife/56/Battle, Sussex/Census
1861/Elvina J Sadler/Daughter in Law, Barmaid/17/Battle, Sussex/Census
1861/Emilia Gallett/House Servant/20/Herstmonceux, Sussex/Census
1861/Henry Watman/House Servant/16/Brede, Sussex/Census

After William Palmer died, Eliza Palmer took over. She was my 3 x Great Grandmother.*

1871/Eliza Palmer/Hotel Proprietor, Widow/66/Battle, Sussex/Census
1871/Jane G Nowell/Grand Daughter/14/Lambeth, London/Census
1871/William M Rymill/Grandson/5/Lambeth, London/Census
1871/Emma Kemp/Housemaid/20/Battle, Sussex/Census

[5 September 1883. The Will of Elia Palmer late of St Leonards on Sea Sussex Widow who died 12 March 1883 at St Leonards on Sea was proved at Lewes by Albert Parks of St Leonards on Sea Butcher the Brother the sole executor. Personal Estate £1138 10s 2d.]*

[In 1881, William Freeman was a Licensed Victualler at High street, Battle and prior to that in 1871 he was Licensed Victualler at the Warrior Gate, Norman road, St Leonards.]

In 1885 at St Marys, Lewisham, John James Wright, Hotel Manager, aged 25, and son of James Wright, Hotel proprietor, marries Caroline Sarah Freeman, of St Leonards on Sea, aged 22, daughter of William Freeman, Hotel Proprietor.

1891/William Freeman/Licensed Victualler/57/Udimore, Sussex/Census
1891/Caroline Freeman/Wife/56/Beckley, Sussex/Census
1891/Caroline Wright/Daughter/27/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1891/John Freeman/Son/24/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1891/Albert Freeman/Son/13/Hastings, Sussex/Census
1891/James Wright/Son-in-law/30/Stoke Newington, London/Census
1891/William Wright/Grandson/5/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1891/John Wright/Grandson/4/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1891/Thomas Phillips/Barman/19/London, Middlesex/Census
1891/Samuel Kennard/Potman/25/Hastings, Sussex/Census
1891/Harriett Daun/Servant/14//Census

Norman Hotel, 1 Norman road *
1901/John I Wright/Hotel Keeper/40/London/Census
1901/Caroline S Wright/Wife/36/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1901/Ernest M Wright/Son/2/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1901/William J Freeman/Brother in Law/35/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1901/Albert E Freeman/Brother in Law/23/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1901/Francis J Poole/Barman/27/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1901/Frank K Hook/Barman/21/Tenterden, Kent/Census
1901/Clara Smith/Housekeeper/37/London, Middlesex/Census
1901/Eleanor Smith//25/Southampton, Hampshire/Census
1901/Mabel F Marshall/Nurse/17/St Leonards, Sussex/Census

1911/John I Wright/Licensed Victualler/50/Borough, London/Census
1911/Caroline S Wright/Wife, Assistant/46/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1911/William John Freeman/Brother in Law/44/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1911/John Bignell/Barman & Cellerman/29/St Leonards, Sussex/Census
1911/Albert George Bear/Barman/24/Ramsgate, Kent/Census
1911/Alice Archer/Cook/29/Hawkhurst, Kent/Census
1911/Annie Scott/Housemaid/29/Hellingley, Sussex/Census

1918/John Edward Stubbs/../../../Post Office Directory

In 1921 census at 1 Norman road are :
John Edward Charles Stubbs, Hotel Proprietor, aged 46 years 11 months, and born in London, Middlesex
Ella Stubbs, Wife, aged 32 years 2 months, and born in Torquay, Devon
Margaret Cruttenden, Servant, J E C Stubbs, Norman Hotel, St Leonards, aged 16 years 10 months, and born in St Leonards, Sussex
Elizabeth Patricia Baldry, Servant, J E C Stubbs, Norman Hotel, St Leonards, aged 19 years 11 months, and born in Grantham, Lincolnshire
Hilda Elizabeth Hayward, Barmaid, J E C Stubbs, Norman Hotel, St Leonards, aged 24 years 8 months, and born in Bedford, Bedfordshire
Edith Ford, Barmaid, J E C Stubbs, Norman Hotel, St Leonards, aged 22 years 1 month, and born in Hastings, Sussex
Elsie Lilian Chapman, Barmaid, J E C Stubbs, Norman Hotel, St Leonards, aged 25 years 2 months, and born in Barnet, Hertfordshire

1938/L Collinson/../../../Post Office Directory

In 1939 at 1 Norman road are :
Leonard Collinson, Licensed Victualler, born 4 Jun 1879
Elsie E Collinson, Wife Of Licensee Assistant, born 6 Nov 1888
Irene E Collinson, later Martin, Shorthand Typist Domestic, born 24 Dec 1920
Arthur L Collinson, At School, born 26 Nov 1923
Rosalind R M Sullivan, later Rayner, Unpaid Domestic Duties, born 1 May 1912
Margaret E (Margarette) Sullivan, later Weightman, born 4 Mar 1935

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*** Provided By Terry Huggins

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