Whitefriars Hotel

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The Whitefriars Hotel in Priory Road has been in existence since around 1876 according to newspaper reports which detail the plot of land as being for sale[1] and pre-dates the row of four semi-detached properties which abut onto it on the Priory Road face[2], although the terrace down Whitefriars Road appears to be contemporaneous.[3]. An advertisement appeared in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer offering the adjacent plot of land for sale in August of 1904[4]. By 1909, these houses are completed.[5].

There is a record of there being a Buffalo Lodge that met at the premises during 1881[6], the Halton Cycling Club relocated premises here in June of 1901[7]. In addittion the Whitefriars Musical Fraternity used the premises in 1909[8] and a slate club is recorded as being run by the premises in 1928[9]

Licensees[edit]

This is an incomplete list of licensees/landlords compiled from various free and non free resources. Work is ongoing to fill in the gaps.

Year Granted Publican or other Resident Relationship to Head and or Occupation Age Where Born Source Notes
? Mr Engeham Newspaper[6]
March 1881 Arthur Jones Licensed Victualler 25 Camden Town, Middlesex Census[10][6]
1881 Eliza Jones Widow, Mother, Housekeeper 51 Bermondsey, Surrey Census[10] Mother of Arthur Jones, licensee
1881 David Alston Butler 40 Census[10] Probably a tenant
1881 Elizabeth Lewis Domestic Servant 22 Shoreditch, Middlesex Census[10] Probably a tenant
1885 George Edward Cork Newspaper[11]
1890 Thomas Friend Post Office Directory[10]
1896 Rose Elizabeth Smith Newspaper[12]
1896 Mr Smith 26 Newspaper[13] Mr Smith was Rose Smith's son. She was taking on premises in London, hence the transfer. However Mr. Smith was deaf (apparently only at times) so the clerk was unable to make him hear what was being said. Hearing adjourned for enquiries[13]
1915 Mr A. Jenner Newspaper[14] It is noted in a letter to the paper that the proprietor BSM Jenner of the Royal Field Artillery was serving in the Balkan States and had written home asking for warm clothing[14]
? Mr & Mrs Susan Newspaper[15]
1918 Mr Brown Newspaper[15]
? Thomas A. Belt Newspaper[16]
1921 John Charles Stephens Newspaper[16]
1923 Charles Howson Newspaper[17]
? Mr Gribble Newspaper[18]
1927 Mrs Marble Newspaper[18] Next transfer of license has name as Mrs Marvel [19]
1931 Mr Daniel Charles Fenwick Newspaper[19]
? Mr I. M. Presley Newspaper[20]
1934 Mr Robert Fuller Newspaper[20]
Dec 1934 Stephen Chambers Newspaper[21][22]
1936 John Legge Post Office Directory[10][21]
1939 James Henry Pickford Newspaper[23]
1951 Mr & Mrs Morley Newspaper[24]

Closure[edit]

The pub survived until fairly recently, eventually closing in 2008[25] and has now been converted into housing.


Additional Notes[edit]

There was a police (telephone) call box situated on the junction outside this hotel in 1938[26]

  1. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 22 April 1876 pg. 4
  2. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 01 November 1879 pg. 5
  3. Ordnance Survey 25 inch England and Wales, 1841-1952: View: Sussex LVIII.15 (Hastings) - Ordnance Survey 25 inch England and Wales, 1841-1952, accessdate: 9 January 2020
  4. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 13 August 1904 pg. 4
  5. Ordnance Survey 25 inch England and Wales, 1841-1952: View: Sussex LVIII.15 (Hastings) - Ordnance Survey 25 inch England and Wales, 1841-1952, accessdate: 9 January 2020
  6. a b c Hastings & St Leonards Observer 12 March 1881 pg. 6
  7. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 08 June 1901 pg. 3
  8. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 16 January 1909 pg. 9
  9. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 03 November 1928 pg. 9
  10. a b c d e f Pub Wiki: White Friars Hotel, 21 White Friars Road, Hastings, accessdate: 9 January 2020
  11. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 24 January 1885 pg. 2
  12. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 6 June 1896 pg. 3
  13. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 16 May 1896 pg. 3
  14. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 04 December 1915 pg. 7
  15. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 27 July 1918 pg. 3
  16. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 29 October 1921 pg. 7
  17. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 6 Jan 1923 pg. 5
  18. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 22 October 1927 pg. 10
  19. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 31 January 1931 pg. 14
  20. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 14 April 1934 pg. 18
  21. a b Hastings & St Leonards Observer 1 August 1936 pg. 14
  22. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 08 December 1934 pg. 22
  23. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 07 October 1939 pg. 14
  24. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 1 September 1951 pg. 2
  25. Lost Pubs In Hastings, Sussex: Lost Pubs In Hastings, Sussex, accessdate: 9 January 2020
  26. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 13 August 1938 pg. 3