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Originally a bough house*, only able to sell at special events with a special licence, it eventually become a full time pub & tea room catering to the newly mobile customer and their motor car.

*Bough-house, m. A private house allowed to be open at fairs for the sale of liquor.


The origin of this picture is a curious one. One day an old chap came in to the bar at the Selden Arms in Worthing and handed Michele (the landlady with a keen interest in pub history) a photographic negative which she had developed showing the picture we see today.

That old chap was the babe in arms in the centre of the picture. He has never been seen since!

The older gentleman in the picture has been identified as Arthur Charman dating the image to the early 1900s.


The Black Horse today is a very different building. Built around 1939, it is a mock Tudor/Elizabethan style structure catering for the travelling public sited close to the A27 Findon by-pass.

Using old maps, I have managed to superimpose the original building over the present site, revealing that the old Black Horse was in effect in the north car park of the current building.



1871 - Henry Sayer - Brewer & Beerhouse Keeper
1881 - John Peters - Landlord
1891 - John Peters - Publican
1911 - Arthur Charman (Ex police officer)
1901 - John Peters - Publican
1980's - Harry Butterfield (Whitbread)