Saturday 4th June 2016
Saturday 11th June 2016
Saturday 18th June 2016
Time: 10.30am - 4pm
A Tale of Ale – Two hundred years of pubs and brewing in Southwick
Until its redevelopment in the 1960s Southwick had over 20 pubs; once there was one for every 200 people. Although the town was small it was a busy port from the 1850s – and sailors tend to be thirsty. They made good business for Southwick pubs with names like, “The Schooner”, “The Mariners’ Arms”, “The Victory” and “the Ship”. Southwick’s farmers grew barley and local entrepreneurs built maltings to turn it into malt for local breweries; the buildings of John Vallance’s Malthouse still survive by the canal and are two hundred years old this year. Richard Tamplin’s Brighton-based Phoenix Brewery started life in Southwick and became the largest in Sussex. Their Phoenix trademark, still seen on some local pubs, recalls the disastrous day in 1820 when the original Southwick brewery burned down.
This exhibition tells the story of Southwick’s many watering holes and the local brewing and malting industry. A guided walk of many of the sites will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 11 June.