New Marton's pub in Southend to be named after the Saxon King

Marion Pearce, Sheena Walker, Mark Sharp and Patsy Link, of pressure group Skipp

Marion Pearce, Sheena Walker, Mark Sharp and Patsy Link, of pressure group Skipp

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A NEW family pub and restaurant will be named after Southend’s Saxon King after pressure from local historians.

Marston’s Inns and Taverns has agreed to name its new 180- seat pub the Saxon King in honour of a royal whose remains were unearthed yards away – after pressure from activists Skipp.

The chain initially chose the name the Saxon Prince for the pub set to open in Priory Crescent, Southend, next month.

However, those who are campaigning for a museum to house the royal remains in Priory Park, insisted the remains are of Saebert, King of the East Saxons.

Mark Sharp, from the group, said: “Last year Skipp approached the company and suggested, given the pub’s proximity to the burial mound, it should be named in honour of the king.

“Following that initial meeting we continued an active dialogue, emphasising the commercial case for our preferred name, as opposed to their initial intention, which was to call it the Saxon Prince.

“It has long been a source of confusion because the grave was called a princely burial by archaeologists, but that only means it is of the highest status – not that he was a prince.

“We were delighted when Marston’s confirmed with Skipp they had decided to change the name to the Saxon King.”

The 2,000 sq ft pub, which will serve spit-roasted chicken and have a children’s play area, will open on Monday, June 9.

Skipp initially accused Marston’s of hypocrisy for using the Saxon royal name, despite only carrying out a limited archaeological survey before beginning constriction.

A spokeswoman for Marston’s said: “When deciding names for our pubs we like to reflect the values and points of interest for the local community.

“We worked closely with a group of local historians and consulted with them, which led to the name change.

“It was felt the Saxon King was the perfect fit and reflects the interests of the community.”

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9:21am Thu 15 May 14

Leighdweller says...

Breaking news... It's only had the sign up for the last few weeks. Thanks Echo.
Breaking news... It's only had the sign up for the last few weeks. Thanks Echo. Leighdweller
  • Score: 29

9:54am Thu 15 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

Was it a King or a Prince buried there ? It may have even been a Princess.

We will probably never know.
Was it a King or a Prince buried there ? It may have even been a Princess. We will probably never know. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 5

10:17am Thu 15 May 14

Signs of the times says...

It's the pub chain Marston's , not Marton's...come on echo get it right! 'to be named' it is already named....... sign installed a few weeks ago....
It's the pub chain Marston's , not Marton's...come on echo get it right! 'to be named' it is already named....... sign installed a few weeks ago.... Signs of the times
  • Score: 14

11:36am Thu 15 May 14

ekcoanarak says...

Should have been called the Ekco after the landmark factory that once stood there.
Should have been called the Ekco after the landmark factory that once stood there. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 15

11:49am Thu 15 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

The Skipp and Bling.
The Skipp and Bling. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

11:54am Thu 15 May 14

pembury53 says...

the 'shyte fermenter' ..... it sticks around there
the 'shyte fermenter' ..... it sticks around there pembury53
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Thu 15 May 14

Nebs says...

It should have a modern name, reflecting something current. How about The Speed Bump.
It should have a modern name, reflecting something current. How about The Speed Bump. Nebs
  • Score: 5

5:48pm Thu 15 May 14

susieb63 says...

Its a pity they have put the childrens play area next to the smokers !!!!
Its a pity they have put the childrens play area next to the smokers !!!! susieb63
  • Score: 1

6:21pm Thu 15 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
Was it a King or a Prince buried there ? It may have even been a Princess.

We will probably never know.
Was it even a king? it could have been a rich merchant, or would that have
a bit too dull?
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: Was it a King or a Prince buried there ? It may have even been a Princess. We will probably never know.[/p][/quote]Was it even a king? it could have been a rich merchant, or would that have a bit too dull? John Bull 40
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Thu 15 May 14

jayman says...

awesome job, good choice... none of this 'prittlewell prince' nonsense.
awesome job, good choice... none of this 'prittlewell prince' nonsense. jayman
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Thu 15 May 14

Southend65 says...

Leighdweller wrote:
Breaking news... It's only had the sign up for the last few weeks. Thanks Echo.
In other sections of the paper today, discover that Howard Hughes and Elvis have died :3D
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: Breaking news... It's only had the sign up for the last few weeks. Thanks Echo.[/p][/quote]In other sections of the paper today, discover that Howard Hughes and Elvis have died :3D Southend65
  • Score: 7

1:58pm Fri 16 May 14

BarryTanner says...

"One hundred and eighty seat pub"......it's not a pub, it's another restaurant masquerading as a pub.
"One hundred and eighty seat pub"......it's not a pub, it's another restaurant masquerading as a pub. BarryTanner
  • Score: 2

7:30pm Sun 18 May 14

TherealIndiana says...

What a load of beallucas....
What a load of beallucas.... TherealIndiana
  • Score: 0

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