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Golden Martlet, Hellingly, Sussex

Picture source: Kevin Gordon

The Golden Martlet was situated on Station Road and was previously known as the Station Hotel. This pub closed in 2001 after a fire.
What a pub that was ! We lived in Station Road about 200 yards from this idyll when it was in in its heyday. This was in 1973/75. My dog strangely enjoyed  a late walk there and was always presented with the ullage pot from the barrel on the bar, usually Courage Directors. I remember the entrepreneur who allegedly owned clubs in London who took it over and organised a monster jazz festival there over a bank holiday weekend bringing in bands from everywhere and the ox roast which fed the party-goers. Great place, great memories.
Colin Notman-Watt (April 2011)
In my family tree I have a relative, Thomas J McGrath - Licensed Victualler. From the 1901 Census, he operated the Hellingly Station Hotel. By 1905 he had moved to Hastings, Sussex and was publican The Rising Sun in Old Town district of Hastings.
John Gambrill (July 2011)
While doing some family history research on my paternal grandfather, Thomas Frank Toogood, I located your web site.
What I know from notes provided by one of my aunts (T.F.T's daughter Alice who was born at that hotel) is that:

"Father worked for a while serving the Vanderbilts in New York. He then returned to England, and on November 26, 1902, bought the newly built Station Hotel, Hellingly. At that time this was a tiny ancient village on the Sussex downs, the hotel and railway station some distance from the village. Here the hotel business was fairly prosperous for the first few years during which a large mental hospital was being built a few miles away. There was a constant flow of workers coming by train, inspectors, etc., but once the building was completed and filled with patients, only a few visitors came. The medical superintendent encouraged hiring teetotallers on the staff and business at the Hotel dropped off. Becoming short of funds, Father went back to the Vanderbilts to earn some money, starting May 6, 1906, and returning April, 1907, when he went to work for a former employer, Sir Daniel Cooper, at New Market, Cambridgeshire, after one day's holiday."

Richard Toogood (October 2011)
This fire damaged pub is no more - being reduced to a pile of rubble in June 2016 and work now commenced on the site to provide seventeen houses.
Robin Hodgkinson (July 2016)

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Picture source: Richard Toogood