Duke of Sussex75 South Parade
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Built 1898 (date on the exterior) by specialist pub architects Shoebridge and Rising. The exterior lobby on the Beaconsfield Road right hand side of the pub has a mosaic floor and ornamental ironwork containing the name 'Duke of Sussex'; across the doorway. On the right hand wall there is floor to ceiling tiling (but dado tiling and some upper tiles are modern) and in the centre is a panel of a figure of a girl. The mosaic floor continues into the pub itself as far as the billiard room entrance.
There is a horseshoe-shaped bar counter which may date from the inter-war period (or original with modern panels attached?) with a modern top and encircled by brass rail held by brass braces in the shape of elephants' heads. Parts of the original partitions that sub divided the room into 4 originally survive. The publican’s office with a number of decorative etched and frosted glass panels remains but is now a wine store. There is good wooden mantelpiece with modern tiled hearth now blocked up. Good vestibule has etched panels ‘Saloon’, ‘Lounge’ and floral decoration.
To the rear is a single-storey billiard hall entered through a wide doorway (i.e. double doors lost) with a carved wood architrave. It is lit by large rectangular lantern subdivided by cast-iron arched brackets. It has a wooden panelled border, carved with cherubs and swags. The room has another good carved fire surround with modern tiles.