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The George Inn

This pub preserves the name of the original George Inn.

14–18 Surrey Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5BG

This is named after the old inn which stood behind a large elm tree at the junction of High Street and Surrey Street. Cut down in the 1820s, the pub and the tree had been a focal point for this part of town. This pub stands at the end of the Broadway, developed in the 1920s, its main feature being the Broadway Cinema. The development was built on the site of an orchard belonging to a local timber merchant, John Butt.

Illustrations and text about The George Inn.

The text reads: This Wetherspoon pub preserves the name of the George Inn, which stood on High Street, facing down Surrey Street. In front of it was a huge elm, surrounded by a wooden bench.

Both pub and tree were taken down in the 1820s. The George’s name and licence were then transferred to a building at the end of Arundel Road. This closed some fifty years later and was converted into offices.

This pub stands at the end of the Broadway, which was developed in the 1920s, its main feature being the Broadway Cinema. The development was built on the site of an orchard belonging to local timber merchant, John Butt. The high flint wall enclosing the orchard partly obstructed Surrey Street, but was not demolished until around 1912.

Top: High Street, c1815
Left: top, the same view as above, below, the Broadway.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk