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Dating back to the 1500s, the Sunny Sailor has a rich and vibrant history. Learn more here!
Aside from the burgeoning local rumours regarding what the building was used for, including a smugglers’ den or a place for disreputable men to relax and unwind with company, the book “Here’s Good Luck to the Pint Pot” by Ken Stubbings gives a clear and concise description of the building’s history:
“…the adjacent premises now named ‘Welcome Sailor’ once stood as a dwelling known as “The Wrenches”. It was described as thus: ‘A long narrow hall-house with two clusters of brick chimneys and a jettied upper floor. About 1586 the former house and thould kitchen, a warehouse and a shed were remodeled under a roof-tree’. By 1674, the premises were licensed and had assumed the name the Angel. The simple sign can be seen on the classic etching of Fullbridge by Hartlett c.1840 [pictured above].”
“By eight thirty in the evening, celebrations at the Welcome Sailor, by the bridge, were advanced. One of the most sociable in the crowd was Snowey. Several drinks later his attitude began to deteriorate.
When constable King arrived, he was standing at the foot of the bridge hurling “disgraceful” language and threats at all those who stood around him. The brave constable asked him to go home but Snowey punched him in the face, twice, each blow accompanied by “bad expressions”.
The scuffle that followed ended with Snowey, handcuffed on the ground, being asked to go quietly to the lock-up. He agreed, got to his feet and kicked Constable King twice in the thigh before being wrestled into a cart.”
In 1960, work began on a temporary bridge to replace the one on which Snowey partied too hard, claiming structural instability. During production of a replacement bridge, the life of one of the workmen was lost, but there is speculation as to how this happened.
According to sources, the bomb raids were unsuccessful in taking human lives and mainly caused structural damage to buildings. Apparently the only casualty in the Maldon area was a speckled hen belonging to Henry Huston of Gate Street! Our thoughts and prayers go out to that brave chicken’s family and friends…
The 20-year-old Eddie Kidd made the jump in spectacular style and was filmed as a part of the film ‘Riding High’. The event will always be remembered by locals, a lot of whom were Kidd fans who crowded around to watch. When you look out over the Blackwater from our outside seating area and see the bypass, think of brave Eddie Kidd.
In 2014, the pub was bought by a local hotelier, John Wilsdon, and was renamed the Sunny Sailor. His sister, Sally Wilsdon, received the pub in 2018 and the rest is history…
Thank you very much to Lisa Cullumbine for being exceptionally helpful in sourcing information, to Edward Mead for supplying wonderful images of the Fullbridge bridge construction and to Zeppelin Busters for the unexploded bomb story.
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