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The Fountain Inn sold
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The Fountain Inn sold

In the spring of 2011 the Fountain Inn was sold to developers and planning permission was obtained to replace the pub with eleven houses and a shop. Last-minute appeals by several villagers to retain the façade, at least, of the old pub came to nothing and the whole was promptly demolished.
The earliest mention of the inn is on a map of the village dated 1836. It is hard to comprehend how it came to pass that such a significant building built at least 176 years ago was demolished in 2012. Will this be regretted by future generations?
The final landlord of the pub made a plea for more support by issuing a prophetic message to the village. Click on Large Version to view.
Select Open Document to view a newspaper cutting from 9th July 2003 announcing the arrival of two new proprietors of the pub.

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I have fond memories of drinking in the Fountain in the 1980s; the odd memory of the local brass band after practice night, and a piano in the non-games end near the end window. I admit I never stayed around to admire those piano ivories; teens then! Hey, I was just a kid.
Who was the local guy that took a glass bottle to the bar, swaggered, and tall, during late 1970s and early 1980s?
I was there on the night of the 1987 storm. Oh, and Yogi's special glass in the coving with other trophies and stuff.
Good memories. I could really write many, many paragraphs.

Added by Anon on 17 October 2014
The gentleman with the demijohn was Derick Gordon of Chodds Farmhouse located in the High Street.
Another "early doors" regular at this time was George Garner of Beech Cottage, Coos Lane.
Both of these gentlemen are now deceased.
Added by David Pearce on 23 October 2014
My father, Derick Gordon, used to tell the story of when, on a business lunch, he took a party of Russians into the Fountain for a meal when Elsie Davidson was the landlady. She was a rather formidable lady and a force to be reckoned with.
Some of the Russians chose a meal which came with mash. When they asked for the meal without the mash, Elsie told them that were having it whether they wanted it or not because it was on the menu.
My father calmed what had become a rather tense situation and, when the meals arrived, told them that in England it was tradition to scrape the unwanted food into the ashtrays on the tables, which of course they promptly did!
Elsie didn't speak to my father again for a very long time!
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 23 October 2014
Who was the guy who drank in the Fountain around the 1980s and had a collie-type dog? He wore a peaked hat. I'm sure he lived very near the Fountain. Oh, he wasn't young and seemed to have a cough or slight health problem!
All these faces and no names!
He knew locals at that time, Yogi and Charlie; also the locals who drank in the Fountain from Balcombe. One was a builder?
Good memories!
My favourite barman was Lionel. He was a Londoner and drove a 1980s Jag.
Added by Anon on 07 April 2015
Was the mystery man Ron Edwards who lived next door to Dave Pearce in Council Cottages?
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 07 April 2015
Yes, the chap with the dog was Ron Edwards of 2, Council Cottages in the High Street.
The builder was Jack Cowley of Oldlands Avenue, Balcombe. He would bring an old boy with him called Tom Bates who had a brother, "Badger" Bates.
Added by David Pearce on 07 April 2015
I lived there in 1953 with my Mum and Dad, John and Freda Cox.
Added by Anon. on 25 October 2015
I was good friends with your brother, Barry, and knew your Mum and Dad very well.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 25 October 2015
In the four or five years as a gay-friendly venue, the landlords and patrons took part in the Brighton Pride parade four years running, performing full-on choreographed routines to enthusiastic onlookers.
One of the locals worked for Tesco's and each year they helped by supplying a curtain-side trailered HGV, usually new.
The wonderful irony in this was the year when the performance included a routine to “Shine” by Take That. Three days before Pride, Morrison’s chain store adopted “Shine” as their advertising soundtrack, so you had the Morrison advert’s audio booming out from a Tesco HGV!
Such fun times. Much missed,

Added by Ian G-Reeves on 08 February 2017
Further to the comment above, a newspaper cutting dated 9th July 2003 announcing the arrival of two new proprietors of the Fountain can be viewed by selecting Open Document.
Added by David Pearce on 19 February 2017
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