Pelham Yard

 

Pelhamyard

Crossing from the Jubilee Gardens entering the lower entrance of Pelham Yard. The yard named after Thomas Pelham, the highly influential Duke of Newcastle, who has the distinction of starting a Prime Ministerial dynasty,being remembered as father of two British prime ministers Henry Pelham and the Duke of Newcastle who, between them, served for 18 years as first minister.

 

who was deemed to be responsible for getting Pitt the Elder elected to Parliament as MP for Seaford, this ‘yard’ has an interesting history. The flint and brick building to the rear of 18 High Street is a rare 18th century commercial survival – still in use today.   This was once a barracks and it is said that the soldiers went through a hole in the wall to get to the pub; hence the Pelham Arms was known locally as the Hole in the Wall for many years before its official change of name. A pub for centuries, the building is currently in the process of being redeveloped as apartments.  The pub started life as the Duke of Cumberland’s Head. The Pelham Arms was also a coaching inn and coaches left every Sunday, Tuesday Thurdsday and Saturday for Lewes to meet the London coach, at a single fare of 3s.6d. (17p) – quite a large sum at the time.

Seaford was a great place for smugglers in the 1800s and the pub was deemed to be their Headquarters hence was subjected to numerous raids by Excise Officers over the yearsThe pub was once owned by Israel Medhurst a member of a crew of one of the first lifeboats in the district (incidentally kept at Lewes and bought overland to the sea when needed). The Pelham Arms was also a coaching inn and coaches left every Sunday, Tuesday Thursday and Saturday for Lewes to meet the London coach, at a single fare of 3s.6d. (17p) – quite a large sum at the timeThe area around Pelham Yard was described in the Seaford Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal  published by Lewes District Council in 2005 as  "the very core of the Old Town. Though presently rather run down, it contains a cluster of humble buildings remaining from the period when this area was the main hive of activity in the town. Several buildings in this area have recently been renovated, and further careful conservation and redevelopment of this area could maximise its historic assets.”

Opposite Pelham Yard, the "Old House" is to be found.