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Jolly Tanners, Staplefield
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Jolly Tanners, Staplefield

Would you be tempted to stop at the Jolly Tanners with a bearded chap outside brandishing a shotgun? One assumes he is the landlord, George Edwin Ellis, who took over from the previous landlord, William Lames Fillary, a few years earlier.
It depends on how thirsty you are, I guess. No brewery names are displayed on the exterior, but there is a welcoming lamp beside the front door to guide customers over the common in the dark.
Many old stories of this pub mention the cherry trees under which stagecoaches would stop for a while so that travellers could help themselves to the fruit. Now, I don’t know what a pollarded cherry tree looks like, but perhaps these are the same trees as referred to in reports from the 18th century when the pub stood on the main road from London to Brighton.
The Bolney and Hickstead road between Handcross and Pyecombe was opened in 1813.
The Large Version shows a close-up of the characterful fellow with the gun.

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