Tunnels under Eastbourne pub? Is there or isn’t there?

A tunnel running from St Mary’s Parish Church in Eastbourne’s Old Town and the neighbouring Lamb Inn has been the subject of local folklore for many years.

But does an underpass between the two historic landmarks actually exist? And how long has it been there?

Church Street, Old Town, Eastbourne showing The Lamb PH and St Mary the Virgin Church E48082N Image taken 22 April 2010 ENGSUS00120121129115708

Church Street, Old Town, Eastbourne showing The Lamb PH and St Mary the Virgin Church E48082N Image taken 22 April 2010 ENGSUS00120121129115708

Eastbourne historian and the council’s Heritage Services manager Jo Seaman uncovers the truth.

The entrance to the 'tunnel' from the pub to St Mary's Church SUS-141013-134652001

The entrance to the 'tunnel' from the pub to St Mary's Church SUS-141013-134652001