Eastbourne, Sussex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Eastbourne and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Childhood And Parents History

Born Southfields Nursing Home 12/01/47. Gladys May Haines (maternal grandmother) who owned The Queensborough Hotel on the sea front before the war. Parents, Madge Haines married Andrew Aitken, a survivor from the sinking of aircraft carrier - HMS Courageous - in Sept. 1939, 3 weeks into WWII. Paternal ...Read full memory

A memory of Eastbourne by Gail Green

Old Eastbourne

This memory is about the 1960s. Eastbourne was always my favourite seaside resort and I never wanted to go home to Croydon at the end of the day. I told my mum that I lived there a long time ago. Of course I got told "Don't be silly". It was only when I was doing my family history in the 1990s that I found that my ancestors ...Read full memory

Proposal

This is where Alan asked me to marry him on a beautiful moonlit evening in January. The weather was mild and the moonlight was shining on the sea making it all silvery. There weren't many people around, just the odd jogger and dog walker as it was a Monday night. I guessed what was happening as he was so nervous, but due to some ...Read full memory

A memory of Eastbourne by Angela Green