The Wellington



The Wellington Hotel with the water fountain in the middle of the road. 

Just across the bottom of Church Street from Marine Terrace, this popular public house originally known as the New Inn has been in operation certainly for more than a century and possibly two centuries. In front of the inn was the King’s Well which was the last source of fresh water available to ships about to set sail. A water fountain denoting this was originally erected here, but later moved to a site on The Salts and at the beginning of the 21st century, it was moved again to its current location in nearby Jubilee Gardens. The Wellington was renamed after the Duke of Wellington stayed here. In 1829 he became Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Cinque Ports Confederation that has a long history back dating over a 1000 years. The Iron Duke was one of many who held the post, previously known as the Keeper of the Coast. In 1845, probably as part of his duties, he visited this area, passing through Eastbourne on his way to Seaford, allegedly staying one night at the New Inn as it was then called, before returning to Eastbourne visiting the Redoubt. Then he went on by horse via Pevensey Bay making his way to Hastings where according to a Court Circular of the time his carriage was waiting for his onward Journey. The circular does not state where he stayed but the New Inn at the time was used by the Military when they visited Seaford for their annual manoeuvres.

The New Inn was the centre of many activities in Seaford for a very long period being used for public dinners and as Headquarters for the Honourable Artillery Company during its annual manoeuvres in the last part of the 19th century. The establishment of the grand Esplanade Hotel in 1891 took much of the business away from the New Inn. 

Continue along the Steyne to the Jubilee Gardens