On the evening of Saturday December 13th 1890 a terrible fire raged through the original building of The New Inn. By the time the local fire crew turned up at 3 am from neighboring Uckfield, the fire, which was concluded to be of 'suspicious circumstances' had devastated the building. Fortunately no-one was harmed during the fire which left only the stables standing.
After the disaster a new building made of red brick with limestone dressings was erected by the South Down and East Grinstead Brewery Co. That building still stands today and in February 2016 Reel King Media converted it in to 'The Harbour Inn' to use as our main location for three weeks.
An interesting fact... the spooky cellar which is featured in the movie has black charred walls and windows. This blackening was the direct result of that devastating fire one winters night in 1890.
Funny to think that back then no-one would of imagined that a film crew would move in and shoot a movie, yet alone feature a glimpse into the buildings fiery history via it's eerie cellar.
Some say The New Inn is haunted and it's former owner is often heard treading the floorboards upstairs. We'll leave that for you to decide if it is true or not.
Harbour is directed by Raine McCormack who co-wrote the script with John Hoernschemeyer and stars, Richard Hope (Poldark), Beth Park (Killing all the Flies), Therese Bradley (Filth), Robert Vernon, Sidney Kean (The Fear), Rebecca Johnson (The Trip), Timothy Harker (Peaky Blinders), Phill Martin (Jack the Giant Slayer).