The Welcome Stranger

From Historical Hastings

Opened in 1871 at 5 Morghew Terrace (later renumbered 55 Sedlescombe Road North)[1]. The premises served variously as the Silverhill Post-Office among other usages (including being the premises of Messrs W. Barnes & Co[2]) prior to becoming a public house. The pub was extended as far as number 59 in 1982 and the former stables and yard to the rear was made into a car park circa 1983, there was also a taxi office located to the rear around the same time.[1][3][4]

The Taylor family took over the pub in 1977 and at one point ran the Silverhill Tavern on the opposite side of Sedlescombe Road North, they ran the pub until 2009 when John Taylor passed away. In May 2017 a company called 'Lets2Share' took over the pub and rebranded it 'The Welcome', who refurbished the premises and converted the upstairs function room into accommodation[5][6].

The distinctive plaster mouldings on the front of the building were done by an Italian prisoner-of-war.[1]


References & Notes

  1. a b c Buckle, Alan & Hastings Local History Group (2013). : From waterfall to windmill, p. 82.
  2. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 21 December 1901 Pg. 0006
  3. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref HS/FA/81/00750
  4. Facebook group: 'Silverhill Remembered'
  5. Hastings & St Leonards Observer March 2018
  6. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref HS/CD/19/00386