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Sunday 29 January 2017

Another pub to disappear?

Earlier today I passed the Robert de Mortain pub (website) up on The Ridge, in Hastings, which reminded me that Greene King, the pub's current owners, have put the building up for sale, wanting at least £550,000 for it, according to reports. I'd imagine the competition from the new, very close-by, Marston's Conqueror's March (website), has influenced Greene King's decision to sell, and I wouldn't be surprised if a request for change of use gets presented to the Council...

 One side of the original pub sign

The building was originally a lodge house, and, before it became a public house in 1946, it was the Ripon Lodge Hotel.

The other side

Who was Robert de Mortain? Well, he was half brother to William the Conqueror, and one of his most trusted supporters, being given land all over the country by William, notably, Pevensey, where, in the 1070s whilst Robert lived there, a stone castle replaced the 1066 motte and bailey wooden fort built inside the old Roman walls. It is thought that Robert had also been given the task of building the first Norman stone castle in England, that is, in Hastings, which William ordered in 1070 to replace Hastings motte and bailey fort, and the White Tower in London circa 1078 onwards...

So, Robert de Mortain was important historically for Hastings, a shame if lost to us!

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