More than just a pub and cafe

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The recent seminar regarding the wreck of the warship Anne reminds me that our town also has some close links to the Battle of Beachy Head.

This naval engagement was fought on July 10, 1690, during the Nine Years’ War.

The main allied fleet was under the command of Admiral Torrington whose flag ship was the Royal Sovereign.

The name is now linked with the former Royal Sovereign lightship established in 1875 off the coast of Bexhill and subsequently replaced in 1971 by the concrete light tower we are all familiar with today as well as a public house in Sea Road and a café on West Parade.

Paul Wright

West Parade

Bexhill

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