Running Horse, 21 King Street, Brighton

Smithers (1880)-1929 (sold to Kemp Town Brewery) [Deeds 1788-1816 see A5376 48/14][1]


At one time the Hen and Chicken, the pub opened about 1790, by John Pocock, the Parish Clerk, one room was used as the "Town Clink" in which prisoners were incarcerated. This famous Inn was delicensed in September 1964.[2]


Directories show James Stokes as the landlord in 1832, John Mercer in 1839, Thomas Lower in 1854, John B Copley in 1859, J Haighton in 1866 and Daniel Diplock in 1878. The 1881 census shows George W Packham as "licensed victauller" and he is listed alongside his wife and five children. Directories show Joseph Ford as landlord in 1890 and 1899.

At some time before 1913, the pub was taken over by John Jackson, the first manager of local football team Brighton and Hove Albion. He is listed in directories until 1930, with Leslie C Probert listed as landlord in 1938.[3]