Eastbourne in old picture postcards

Eastbourne in old picture postcards

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49 Salvation Army band about 1 939. The Sally - Anns played in many venues including the beach, although a particularly popular spot was the drinking fountain, near LeafHaU in Seaside.

The early days for the Salvationists and their bands were very difficult, with their meetings and band performances being marred by violence and bitter debate, and the army's stance on drink being hotly resisted. Mobs of over 7,000 turned out, resulting in many injuries and arrests. The Town Council tried hard to prevent the Salvation Army and its bands from process-

ing in the streets, but in the end wiser decisions prevailed, and intolerance

gave way to a more kindly outlook.

50 Westminster Dragaans Camp, Eastbourne 1904. Many army camps have been held on the Downs near Eastbourne over the years; the fresh air and sunshine of this area of Sussex being much appreciated. Ihis picture appears to be of a typical open-air church service on a Sunday morning. Ihe message on the card says: 'Having a grand time - slee ping under canvas.'

51 Ivernia Gardens Convalescent Camp, Eastbourne in 19 14-1 91 8. Many thousands of wounded saldi ers at the time of the Great War ended up at Eastbourne for rest and recuperation. The 'Blue Boys' as they were known were a familiar sight in the town, when they were able to spend same time away from their wooden huts. Among the visitors to the camps were King George V and Queen Mary.

After the war many of the wooden huts were used for temporary housing.


52 Holidaymakers at.The Angles Private Hotel, Eastbourne circa 1 922. Ihis popular hotel on Royal

Parade had rooms for two hundred guests in 120 bedrooms. About this time the terms would have been

around three pounds a week. Later the hotel was renamed The Majestic.

53 Another group ofholidaymakers, this time in August 1 939, showing very well how leisure dress changed in just a short

time. This is a Methodist Church Guild Holiday at The Links, Eastbourne, just as the clouds of war were gathering, ra make such

carefree holidays impossible for several years. Methodist Guilds continue to exist throughout the country, and perhaps some

of the young people in this picture are still members.

54 The Seaside Girl circa 1906.Although Eastbourne was noted for its splendid dress code, there were the odd exceptions. This was one, a lady who became well known around the beach area for her strange attire. The message on the back of the card says it all: 'Don't you think she looks dreadful. She goes about worse than this, and she is a lady with plenty of money.' Evidently she had enough money ra indulge her taste for the bizarre, and what would any seaside beach be without the occasional 'character' .

55 A contrast to the previous picture. Still the 1900s, but twa well-dressed and suitably demure waitresses atThe Imperial Restaurant, Seaside Raad. Surely tea must have tasted particularly sweet wh en delivered by twa such finely attired yaung ladies.

56 Fox Hunters at Compton Place around 1906. This was the East Sussex Hunt although there were also The Southdown Foxhounds. Early in this century it was reparted 'foxes are not scarce'. In 1903 The Eastbourne Master was Colonel Cardwell, with kennels in the Old Town, and Hunting Days Iuesdays and Saturdays. In 1779 it was noted that there had been an astonishing run by the Eastbourne Fox Hounds of around farty miles, when the paar quarry was finally exhausted.


Compton PI, ce



57 Universal Carrying Company vehicles. A photo of circa 1 9 13 with my wife's father Percy Henry Godsmark (second from left) aged about 1l.The company was based at 28 ]unction Raad, Eastbourne, with Manager E. Taylor.

The company described themselves on their publicity as 'Railway and Town carriers - Collections and deliveries all over the world'. Mr. Godsmark left their employ in 19 14 with a reference that stated that he was' a good and careful driver of their 5 ton Faden Steam Wagon' .

58 Carting hay on the East Sus sex Downs, near Beachy Head, in the early 1900s. Prior to the First World War, agriculture was one of the main occupations in coastal Sussex (the others being fishing, and probably smuggling). Eastbourne was noted for its annual Cattle Fair on

11 th October.


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