Over the last 9 months we have held two business receptions here and on both occasions we have had excellent service. The plus point for this venue is the historic setting and rooms. The receptions were held in the 'Sheriff's Room' on the first floor which is reputed to be the room where Thomas Paine (author of 'The Rights of Man') spoke at the 'Headstrong Club in the 18th century on subjects like the American Revolution. The building was originally a town house owned by the Pelham family from Tudor times. In the 17th C they moved and the White Hart has been an inn since then. It was an important coaching inn until the railway arrived in Lewes. The former High Constable of Lewes used to hold his annual feast here.
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