Nostalgia: Bid to save historic Chichester pub

The scene that greets shoppers today in East Street, where the inn used to be
The scene that greets shoppers today in East Street, where the inn used to be
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A bid to keep open a historic pub in Chichester city centre was reported in the Chichester Observer, dated August 18, 1988.

A brewery had applied for planning permission redevelop the 16th-century Fleece Inn, in East Street.

The Fleece Inn, Chichester, pictured in 1988

The Fleece Inn, Chichester, pictured in 1988

“It is a lovely old traditional pub and we think it would be a very sad loss for Chichester if it closes,” said David Goodman, president of the Chichester Society.

The former pub in East Street is no more today and the building is occupied by a coffee chain, an estate agents and a kitchen showroom.

In the Midhurst and Petworth Observer the same week, Bourne Way resident Lorna Dawes said she had first noticed the unpleasant taste of Midhurst water when she moved to the town eight years previously.

“The taste seems to be worse first thing in the morning when you have to run and run it – I suppose because it has time to settle overnight,” she said.

“It tastes as if it is full of chemicals, which I suppose they have to add to make the water safe to drink.”

Mrs Dawes told the paper her friends in Taylors Field and Pitsham Wood also complained about the taste.

“It has tasted peculiar for as long as I can remember and every so often we have a grumble about it.

“I cannot have a drink of tap water without wanting to wash my mouth out afterwards. It is vile – like a mouthful of chemicals.”

A spokesman for the Southern Water Authority told the Observer at the time the taste was chlorine, which was added to keep the water free from bacteria.

Meanwhile, the same week’s paper in Chichester told of a bid to keep open a historic pub in the city centre.

A brewery had applied for planning permission redevelop the 16th-century Fleece Inn, in East Street.

“It is a lovely old traditional pub and we think it would be a very sad loss for Chichester if it closes,” said David Goodman, president of the Chichester Society.

The former pub in East Street is no more today and the building is occupied by a coffee chain, an estate agents and a kitchen showroom.