Talk explores pubs from the past

PUBS from the past will be explored in the first of a new series of heritage talks.

Historian Geoffrey Mead will be exploring ‘Brighton boozers’ as he takes the Southwick Society on an historical journey through Brighton’s liquid landscape.

The talk on Monday, at Southwick Community Centre, at 7.30pm, opens the society’s autumn season. Admission is £1 members, £3 non-members.

Geoffrey will explain the long and intricate history of inns, pubs and brewing in Brighton, including Tamplins, the city’s last major brewery.

It was started by Richard Tamplin in what is now Southdown Road, Southwick, almost 200 years ago but was burned down in 1820.

He rebuilt it in Brighton and adopted the sign of the phoenix as his trademark, still to be seen on a few old pubs in the area.

The season continues on October 14 with a talk by Jeff Leigh on the discovery and loss of Southwick’s Roman Villa, followed by Richard Howell’s talk on limeburners, lords and labourers on November 11.