There was an amazing response top out feature last weekend when we published photographs from the ‘Derelict In The UK’ archives of the Ashdown pub that once stood at the end of Downey Close.
On our social media channels so many people posted their memories. Some people met there, some people held their wedding reception there while other worked behind the bar or had friends and relatives who were in the staff
The photographs we carried showed the Ashdown in a pretty bad way but Hastings’ YouTuber Lewis Merrin filmed in the Ashdown just before it was demolished and after it had been the target of a suspected arson attack.
The video gives real sense of just how derelict the pub was by then, we think about 2017 but in a fascinating twist towards the end of the video – at about 11 minutes, Lewis finds a collection of old photographs, including a mayoral visit to the Ashdown. The pictures appear to be from the 1990s.
Here’s a link and if the video jogs any more memories we’d love to hear them.
So let’s visit the Ashdown, which by the time these photographs were taken in 2016 had most certainly seen better days and if you can fill in some of the blanks then please use the comment section at the bottom of the page. We’d love to know when it closed its door for the last time for example. And if you were a regular or worked behind the bar what memories do you have of the place? Tell us below.
Derelict in The UK found the old pub hidden in the trees and say; “Once inside we noticed that it seemed far bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.
“There is a pinball machine, arcade grabber machine and the bars were still in ‘ok’ condition, however you can tell this place has suffered considerable abuse from vandals.
“We have found little information from previous planning permissions that this was originally intended to be a regional seat of government during the cold war and was later used as a members club. In 2004 the land use was converted to a pub but unfortunately we was unable to find a closure date.”