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Sussex Wine-Merchants and Tobacconists, 1633 to 1635, by Frederick E. Sawyer, published 1888 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 36, notes & queries, pp.247-248) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2121] & The Keep [LIB/500254] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Brighton As It Was: The Black Lion Street Brewery, by Frederick Harrison, M.A., published 1935 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IX no. 4, article, p.251) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9330] & The Keep [LIB/500179]

The Sussex Brewery, by Mike Tungate, published 1979 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13135]

One Hundred Years of a Public House & Brewery, by Midge Clarke, published September 1982 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 5 no. 3, article, pp.87-90) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9174] & The Keep [LIB/501257] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
A brief narrative of the family of George Knight and Mary Lintott and their seven children. Illustrated with a family tree which gives names and few dates. Article covers the years 1692 - 1972 in the parish of Petworth

Old Brewery Well at Hastings, by A. J. Haselfoot, published 1983 in Sussex Industrial History (No. 13, article, pp.21-25) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506525]   Download PDF
Breeds Brewery appears to have been established in the early years of the 19th century in High Street in the Old Town at Hastings. In early directories the address is given as 61, High Street up to at least 1826, but in 1881/2 is appears as the Hastings Brewery at 32a High Street; later they seem to have acquired a depot in The Bourne also. In 1939 Breeds Brewery Company was taken over by Fremlins Brewery and the depot in The Bourne closed down; also presumably the brewery at 32a High Street, if it had not been closed down earlier, as the 1940 directory quotes a brewer's stores at this address.
In the autumn of 1982 development of the site of the old brewery uncovered the brewery well which was found to have most of the original pumping and hoisting machinery still intact. The curb of the well was about 8 ft. below the then ground level with a narrow chamber alongside it which was found to lead to another well about 16 ft. away to the west. The machinery in this latter well has unfortunately been broken by concrete debris falling into it and it had fallen down the well and jammed.

Merrydown: forty years, by Graeme Wright, published 1 January 1988 (127 pp., Heathfield: Merrydown Wine PLC, ISBN-10: 0951347004 & ISBN-13: 9780951347003) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Chichester Wine Making Circle, 1965-1990, by Matti Denton, published 1990 (booklet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 11074]

Seven Brighton Brewers, by Peter Holtham, published 1992 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 22, article, pp.9-14, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506526]   Download PDF
The early nineteenth century saw the emergence of the "common" brewer, that is one who brewed not for direct retail sale and/or consumption on his own premises but for sale elsewhere. Several factors contributed to this, the most significant being the invention of the steam engine in the previous century for use in pumping and operating the brewing machinery.
  • The Black Lion Brewery
  • The West Street Brewery
  • The Cannon Brewery
  • The Rock Brewery
  • The North Street Brewery
  • The Phoenix Brewery
  • The Kempton Brewery

Excavations at the Phoenix Brewery Site, Hastings, 1988, by David R. Rudling, Luke Barber and David Martin, published 1993 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 131, article, pp.73-113) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12210] & The Keep [LIB/500300] & S.A.S. library

Time for a quick one: a brief historical comment on some of Littlehampton's inns and pubs together with words about the brewery, by Gwen Lansdell, published 1994 (11 pp., Littlehampton Historical Society) accessible at: British Library

The Phoenix Brewery, by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Tamplin, published March 1994 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 11 no. 1, article, p.20) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14878] & The Keep [LIB/501263] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
The story of Phoenix Brewery in Brighton which was built in 1821 for Richard Tamplin (1799-1849)

The Portslade Brewery, by Peter Holtham, published 1995 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 25, article, pp.22-24, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506527]   Download PDF
In the centre of Portslade old village is the impressive yellow brick building once Dudney's "Southdown Brewery" that even today still dominates the scene.
John Dudney was born at Shermanbury and lived at Henfield where his three daughters were born. He moved to Portslade when in is late thirties and here his sons John and William were born.
He founded the "Southdown Brewery" in 1849, although at that time there was another Southdown brewery owned by J. & A. Hillman at Lewes. The original brewery was situated to the west of the later building on the other side of the cobbled South Street behind the "Stags Head" a pub also owned by Dudney.

Brewery History no.104, published 2001 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 17499]
p44-51 The Eagle Brewery, Arundel

How to start a brewery: After leaving King and Barnes, Andy Hepworth describes how he and three colleague 'K&Bers' have set up a small brewery in the Railway Yard at Horsham, by Andy Hepworth, published 2002 in Brewer International (vol. 2, issue 4, article, pp.12-17) accessible at: British Library

Tamplins, Brewers of Brighton, by Peter Holtham, published 2002 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 32, article, pp.24-29, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506530]   Download PDF

Brewers of West Sussex, by Peter Holtham, published 2004 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 34, article, pp.2-11, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506532]   Download PDF
With the closure of King and Barnes' Horsham brewery in 2000, West Sussex lost its last historic brewery. The article sets out a comprehensive list of all brewers known to have operated in the county up until World War II.

Henry Holder: Brewer, publican and beer-seller of Crawley and Horley, by Michael Weller, published March 2005 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 16 no. 5, article, pp.228-231) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15860] & The Keep [LIB/508838] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
Henry Holder (1844-1913), son of Henry (Harry) holder and Elizabeth née Cooper, married Sarah Gunner (1850-1919) on 1 July 1869 in Crawley where he had become a brewer. They had six children as they moved from the Crawley Brewery to the Half Moon House near Tilgate in Worth, the Cat Inn at West Hoathly and finally the Forester's Arms at Horley. The article also covers the stories of Henry and Sarah's children.

Brewers of East Sussex, by Peter Holtham, published 2006 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 36, article, pp.24-30, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506534]   Download PDF
The Bridge Wharf Brewery belonging to Messrs Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd., happily still operating, is the last historic brewery in East Sussex.
This article sets out a comprehensive list of all brewers known to have operated in the county up until World War II. Present-day county boundaries have been taken. West Sussex was covered in Sussex Industrial History No. 34 published 2004. Brighton and Hove will be the subject of a later article.

Prehistoric and medieval environment of Old Town, Eastbourne: studies of hillwash in the Bourne Valley, Star Brewery Site, by Michael J. Allen, published 2007 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 145, article, pp.33-66) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15980] & The Keep [LIB/500363] & S.A.S. library   View Online
The prehistoric (Iron Age), Roman and medieval environment of the Bourne valley was examined via the study of dry-valley sediments, comprising a prehistoric lynchet overlooking the 'floodplain', and sediments on the Bourne 'floodplain' in Old Town. This research discovered an Iron Age site at the face of the lynchet, and investigated the area of the valley floor and the former Bourne Stream. Analytical investigations of magnetic susceptibility and archaeomagnetic dating were applied as novel techniques to examine their applicability to colluvial sediments and utilise any results they yielded. This research has provided a rare glimpse into the environment and land use of early Eastbourne and complements that from the downs and the results of the Eastbourne Urban Medieval Excavation Project (directed by Lawrence Stevens), under whose auspices this excavation was undertaken. This report, though long in gestation and fruition, is dedicated to Lawrence Stevens whose concept this excavation was, and who has, for so long, tirelessly championed the archaeology of Eastbourne.

The Brewers of the Brighton Area, by Peter Holtham, published 2008 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 38, article, pp.2-8, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506536]   Download PDF
Brighton's last historic brewery, Tamplin's Phoenix brewery, closed in 1973. Listed in this article, alphabetically under streets, is a comprehensive list of all brewers known to have operated in the Brighton & Hove area up until World War II. Sadly there are very few remains, but where some do exist these are marked followed by a map reference.

Ale tales: a social history of brewing in Lewes and across East Sussex, published 2013 (Lewes: Strike a Light) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
In 2013, a team of trained volunteers from the Lewes-based Ale and Hearty project recorded a total of twenty oral histories with individuals connected to the brewing industry or the history of brewing in Sussex. This booklet is based upon the themes that have emerged from these collected interviews. The Ale and Hearty project was delivered by Strike a Light, a Sussex based not-for-profit community arts and heritage organisation.

Brewing in West Sussex, by David Muggleton, published 1 May 2017 (96 pp., Stroud: Amberley Publishing, ISBN-10: 1445657252 & ISBN-13: 9781445657257) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
In sixth-century Sussex - the kingdom of the South Saxons - social life centred upon the alehouse. Throughout the Middle Ages, brewing remained a domestic occupation: beer was sweet and flavored with herbs and spices. By 1600, when Henry Stanton was brewing in Crawley, the use of hops to flavor and preserve beer had become standard practice. The growth of the large commercial brewers was a product of the industrial revolution, from which era dates famous West Sussex family concerns such as Henty of Chichester, the Ockendens of Crawley and Constable of Littlehampton. That these are no longer with us is due to a long process of acquisition during the twentieth century. With the takeover of the last of their line, King & Barnes of Horsham, in 2000, brewing in West Sussex was left to just a handful of small independents. Yet today there are nearly thirty breweries in this part of the county. This fully illustrated and informative book pays homage to the brewing heritage of West Sussex while celebrating the current outpouring of creativity known as the microbrewery revolution.