The history of The Spread Eagle Hotel is a living history of
England. It is a story shaped by the people who have slept beneath
our ancient (and uneven) roofs - royalty, the nobility, the famous
and the infamous - for nearly six centuries. As our guest today,
you too have become a part of this story.
In times of war, peace, feast and famine, The Spread Eagle has
been a comforting constant - offering the warmest of welcomes in
the heart of the Sussex Downs.
1430 - The traditional date of the building that forms the
oldest part of the hotel
1533 - The building was bought by Sir William Fitzwilliam, Henry
VIII's Lord High Admiral
1730 - The Spread Eagle Inn is valued at £400 by the Sun
1791-1798 - Admiral Lord Nelson visited the hotel during this
1832 - The town's principal stagecoach, The Earl of March, left
the Spread Eagle for London every morning, except Sunday, at
1907 - A motor garage opened at the hotel
2017 - The hotel celebrates 60 years of ownership by the same
Please ask any member of our team and we would be delighted to
show you some of the key historical points around the hotel or send
through further information.