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EASTBOURNE

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 828 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EASTBOURNE, a municipal borough (1883) in the Eastbourne parliamentary division of Sussex, England, 61 m. S.S.E. of London by the London, Brighton & South Coast railway. Pop. (1891) 34,969; (1901) 43,344; (local census, 1909) 49,286. It is situated 3 M. N.E. of Beachy Head, the loftiest headland on the English Channel coast. It once consisted of three parts—the village of East Bourne, a mile inland; South Bourne, lying back from the shore; and Seahouses, facing the beach. The church of St Mary, the ancient parish church of East Bourne, is a fine transitional Norman building; and there are numerous modern churches and chapels. The principal buildings and institutions are the town hall and municipal buildings, the Princess Alice Memorial and other hospitals, a free library and, among many high-class schools, Eastbourne College for boys, founded in 1867. There is a fine pier with pavilion, and a marine parade nearly 3 M. in extent, arranged in terraced promenades. Devonshire Park of 13 acres is pleasantly laid out, and contains a pavilion and a theatre. The duke of Devonshire is the principal landowner. Golf links are laid out on the neighbouring downs. A Roman villa was formerly seen close to the shore, but it is not now visible. The corporation consists of a mayor, 8 aldermen and 24 councillors. In 1910 the corporation promoted a bill in parliament to add the Hampden Park district in the parish of Willingdon to the borough and to make Eastbourne, with this extension, a county borough.
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Eastbourne is not nearly such a nice place as it used to be. Lots of smaller shops have closed because of the competition with all the large complex stores and there has been over the recent years so much building. How can anyone refer to the Harbour building site as "A Village?" It is overcrowded and ugly. It must surely be a flood area, so what will happen if the sea regains its former ground? Many many years ago the sea was in as far as Hailsham and I have an old map to prove this . Eastbourne used to be a town for people to happily retire or come for their holiday until it was thought that more money was coming in from students. Having crowds of foreign students in the town has caused a decrease in visitos who would have probably stayed at our once lovely hotels. Instead of this, the hotels struggle to keep going and have only managed to do so by recieving mostly homeless foreigners. It seems very wrong that they are put into hotels when many of our own people cant afford to think of the cost to stay in one.Why is it that greed has taken over and it seems that if a bit of "green" is seen then it has to be built upon. In spite of these remarks I still love Sussex,But modern progress NO NO NO.
Could not agree more, the town is beset with uncleaned back alleys, cemeterys where a digger is used to drive over the departeds resting places. I am no longer proud of Eastbourne I was born here over half a century ago... The Star Brewery was of no importance... Doing local research on local history it just shows how many of the people of Eastbourne could not care a damn and how the council dictates to all. Good site
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