Eastbourne in old picture postcards

Eastbourne in old picture postcards

:   Tony Wales
:   Sussex, East
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2641-0
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39 Launching the lifeboat 'The Olive' about 1910. Martin Graebe was kind enough ra send me part of the words of a song, which was sung by his grandfather each year at Christmas family gatherings in Eastbourne:

On the 14th of December, in Eighteen Ninety-Four. A great big ship went

and gat itself wrecked,

down by the Holywell Share.

They came down in their trousers, their shirts and nothing more. Gat in that baat and put to sea, and brought them safe to share.

For seven paar souls were landed, and all they gat was wet.

If it had not been for the lifeboat


what a watery grave they'd have met.

Martin is unsure of the dates in the song, and in fact these do not seem to tally with possible wrecks. But wh at a wonderful piece of family social history such a song represents!

40 Hampden Park Station from a print about 1900. The first station, which was known as Willingdon Station, was a very modest affair; the building shown here is the much grand er station of 1886-1888.

The railway had come to the town in 1849 when a four-and-a-half-mile stretch of line was opened from Polegate, with Eastbourne being described as a 'village' . The first train into the station was greeted by the band playing 'Behold the conquering hero cornes'.

41 The first train into Eastbourne. This is how the magazine The Gentlewoman, in October 1915, recalled the sight of the 1849 train arriving. Only a little over half a century had elapsed, but nostalgia had already gat ra work on how travellers were catered for in the middle of the previous century.

42 Eastbaurne Railway Station around 19061907. The line from Brighton to Hastings was campleted in 1846, but Eastbaurne passengers for Landan still had to go by horse bus to Polegate to get a connection. But by the beginning of the new century things were changing rapidly, and in 1 935 the Sauthern Railway inaugurated an electric service from Eastbaurne to Landon.

43 Hastings tram in the 195 Os. Unlike same ofits neighbours, Eastbourne resolutely ignored trams as a means of public transport, during the heyday of this type of travel. It was not until1954, wh en most public service trams were being thought of as out of date, that the town had its first taste of this means of transport, when a narrowgauge tramway was built for the enjoyment ofvisitars. The trams were onethird usual size, and the mayor drove the first tram containing local dignitaries; the event being seen on BBC tv.

44 Eastbourne lady cyclist in 1899.This is an advertisement by Alfred Cooper of Terminus Raad, showing how the smart lady cycli st was dressed at that time. Great care had to be taken that toa much leg was not disclosed - even ra the extent of having small lead weights sewn around the bottom of the skirt, ra prevent it riding up. Eastbourne had a thriving bicycle club at this time, with a newspaper report speaking of a successful outing to Horeharn Raad, with a return at 10. p.m.


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45 Lady's fashions in Eastbourne in 193 1. This is an advertisement from a programme of a concert by the Municipal Orchestra, in Devonshire Park Floral Hall. This was of course in the days wh en such adverts for fur and fur-trimmed coats were quite acceptable ra popular taste. The price ofthe coat is in guineas, which somehow made the amount seem a little less than it really was. Other advertisements in the programme were of Madame De Lacey, who offered 'Scientific Hand Reading'; the Violet Tea Rooms which offered hand-made chocolates made on the premises; and the Gondola Old-

World Tea Gardens and Fishing Lake at Pevensey (bus and train service ra the door).





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46 The Olympian Concert Party, 19 13 . No seaside pier could be considered complete without its visiting Concert Party at this time. Ihis group, led by Harry King, also included Harry ]ackson, Ernest Pitt, Darothy Eales, Franklyn Vernon and Charles Hawthorne. They all ware the almost obligatary pierrot costume, with the postcard being given away as an advertisement far the show.


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47 TheTivoli Cinema, Seaside Raad, in the 1970s. Seat prices at this time wou1d have been about one and ninepence upwards. Like most cinemas it had experienced a varied career - first as The N ew Hall at the end of the nineteenth century, then around 1906 it became The New Picture Hall. By about 1 9 12 it was known as The Eastbourne Cinema Picture Palace, with free sweets and oranges at the end of the performances. By Iune 1915 it was The Tivoli Cinema, with 'Super' being added to its tit1e in 1924. After the period of this photo, it became an arts centre, a night club,

and then a leisure centre, with the exterior remaining essentially una1tered.

48 Ihis was on ce Ihe Regal Cinema in Seaside, which started life as The Eastern Cinema in March 1 9 12 with the film Vanity Fair. It then became The New Eastern Cinema in

1 930, with the first talkie showing of Blackmail. It closed due to enemy action in September 1940. reopening as The Regal Cinema in 1945. It finally closed in 1953, and by

1 955 had become a branch of Woolworths, although the distinctive twin towers remained.

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