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DOWNVIEW - WEST WORTHING  1891 - 2017
July the 16th proved to be a bad day for the Downview pub in West Worthing - closing its doors for the final time. Its future now lies in the hands of developers who we understand to be looking at conversion into flats.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

The Downview Hotel has changed little since it was first built in 1891. As was common at the time, the arrival of West Worthing Station started a building spree which more often than not, starts with a pub and Hotel combination for potential travellers.

The building is feature rich with a traditional Dutch gable frontage popular at the time. Other pubs in the area, such as the Grand Victoria across the road from the main Worthing Station as well as the Southdown pub, echo these designs.

Closer examination reveals various signs of branding by the Kemp Town Brewery (KTB) who apparently refaced the lower floor with brickwork in 1928.

   

   

   

   

Signs of a bricked up doorway evident in the wall. The older picture on the right confirms it.

   

As we can see in the early map made just after the station was built, there was little south of the railway line. The parade of shops known as Tarring Broadway was nothing more than a line of trees hiding the railway. What is clear are the new roads being built with the expectation of houses to follow.  Many business were moving out of the over crowded cities and down to the south coast, and a rapid transport system allowed the workers to live a commutable distance away. The Club House on the map was West Worthing Tennis Club.

A recent find by avid bottle and jug collector Chris Austin. Standing approximately six inches high and marked with the legend John Sinclair - Down View Hotel - West Worthing. Chris dates this item between 1890 to 1910 and is unusual being a screw top.
 
   

Known Landlords
1891 - John (Oswald?) Sinclair
1907 -
1914 - DR Wade
1931 - WJ Howell
2011 - Margaret Mosedale