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Memories of Eastbourne
This park is about half a mile from where I grew up, my mum brought me here many times. I was four when this photo was taken, so I would have been here regularly around this time. When I started school my mum would bring me here after school to burn off any excess energy, before taking me home.
The Road to Town
This is the road from Meads to the town centre. I grew up in Meads and so it is no exaggeration to say I have been down here a thousand times over the years. It looks remarkably similar today. The flint wall on the left is still there. There are less trees on the right, and there are certainly no trees across the junction to Blackwater Road as there are in this shot (look on the right, it is not that clear).
Glyndley Manor Hankham
We had many a happy holiday in Eastbourne, staying at Glyndley Manor, an old Elizabethan Manor house, between the years of 1961 and 1970. It had a mounting block in front of the entrance that me and my three sisters used to love climbing on. In the hallway there was a lovely old cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay. We used to love playing in the grounds. The gong used to be banged when it was time for breakfast or dinner. There was a herony and a dove cote. Our Mum & Dad didn't have a car in the earlier years and we used to walk into Eastbourne along the country lanes with hardly a car passing us.
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 advice from my friend Simone I kept quiet for once. He took my hands in his and gave a lovely speech about the year we have spent together and then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.. and of course I said yes. The mischievous side of me was dying to mess around though and pretend otherwise, but I decided that would be too naughty.
Afterwards we walked home, which is close to the seafront and shared a bottle of champagne whilst we called and texted our family and friends with our news. Everyone was very happy... Read more
Our First Home Together.
In September 2007 my partner Alan and I moved into a first floor flat on Tideswell Road directly opposite the church. The fact that the lounge windows overlook the church was the clincher for me when I was viewing the flat for rental. I love the fact that we are not overlooked by other properties which is very unusual for a town centre property. The church itself is a very attractive building and a great piece of architecture. The gardens are smart and well maintained, although small boys sometimes get told off for playing football on the grass. There are now some trees on the pavement around the church which were really pretty when we moved in, dark green and covered in berries (a bit bare at the mo though as its March).
As I am typing this I can see the church out of my window and it hardly looks any different to the photo. Although the picture doesn't relay the size of the building, it is huge!... Read more
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 grandparents, Andrew and Mildred Aitken lived in a house in Arundel Road, now, I believe, a nursing home. Grannie Haines also lived at 59, Milton Rd. where my mother and I joined her whilst my father was away at sea. Michael Fish, the notorious weather forecaster, had a family newsagents on the corner of a road (name escapes me) but visible from no. 59 Milton Rd. Both my brother, Peter Andrew and sister Sally where born at Eastbourne Maternity Hospital in the 1950s. When I was nine my family left Eastbourne to live in Woking, Surrey as my father was working in the Admiralty. Sadly no relatives live there now, but I so enjoy revisiting and feel I am... Read more
I remember Bon Dolphis, it was a rather posh place that as children we used to dream of going through the door and sampling the lovely cakes and at Easter they had giant Easter eggs bigger than us.
Bon Dolphi's Tea Shop ?
Late 1940s vague recollection. Does the name Bon Dolphi ring a bell with anyone out there, as possibly a tea/cake shop, possibly down on sea-front ? I believe it was in Eastbourne but I was only a nipper at the time so could easily be mistaken.