theoldhouseWB

The Old House, another grade II listed building, in the High Street is currently an antique shop facing the entrance to Pelham Yard. Built in about 1650, this house served as another of the smugglers’ haunts in the 18th century.  There are a number of hidey holes within the building to facilitate evasion from the Excise Men!  You can see a plaque on the side wall giving you more information about this site.  

At the base of the building facing the road there are 2 original 17th & 18th century firebacks. One occupied by Thomas Tufton three times bailiff of Seaford who died in 1712. In the 18th century many locals were involved in the smuggling and goods such as wine and brandy were landed on Seaford beach, and houses such as the Old House were used to conceal the contraband from the prying eyes of the Excise men.

After the Napoleonic wars the Government set up a the Coast Guard Service, and watch houses and cottages were set up as sites such as Cuckmere Haven. Wrecked ships and their cargoes also provided rich pickings for Seaford people. Some set false lights so that ships mistook the dangerous beach for a safe harbour. The wreckers were so notorious they were known as the Seaford "Shags".

Next continue up the High Street where on your left you will find the Regency Restaurant.