The Old Kings Head in Ore; a peaceful haven in which residents once used to spend their evenings, winding down after a long day’s work.
Fast-forward 5 years and the derelict pub is on the verge of being put up for auction next month and is expected to make in the region of three hundred thousand pound.
The land is currently under the supervision of Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers who are Britain's largest independent regional land and property auctioneer and is among 115 lots.
The worn-out pub is addressed at 61 Rye Road and the property will be put up for sale at the Clive Emson’s Sussex and Surrey regional sale at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Wednesday February 6, with a time yet to be confirmed.
The pub has already received planning permission and "Is set to be turning into a block of 12 self-contained flats – 10 two bedroom flats and two three bedroom flats, each with a parking space." according to Senior Auction valuer; Emma Attrell.
Attrell also added: “The former pub is in a predominately residential area of Ore, near the railway station and within close proximity of Hastings town centre. Once completed, it will be a lovely, vibrant area that people will want to live in.”
Residents in the local community have shown their upset for the new plans to the land and reminisced on the much loved, family pub. Sarah Whitfield, who lives directly opposite the pub said: I’m really going to miss the place. Even though it has been shut for a few years now, the derelict building still reminds me of so many memories there. I met my husband in that pub. We got engaged in that pub. I will miss it.”
Sarah believes that the residents should have been able to decide what the land would become and what would be done with the building. Sarah adds: "The pub should be refurbished as a restaurant or a bistro. It would be good if there was another place for locals to go and socialise together."
Despite the soon removal of the building, the new plans will not effect the community’s fond memories of what they say, was once a fine establishment.