Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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•Chap. I.]                       Introductory.                                    3
to depart very often from this principle, so perhaps it will be safer to confess at the outset that these notes are altogether destitute of principle.
Whilst I have a tolerably connected recollection of most things that have happened since 1848, I can very well remember several incidents which date back to 1845 and 1846, but as most of these were events of a family nature the reader will not be troubled with many of them.
Though my main object is to deal only with matters of history which came directly under my own observation, it will be worth while occasionally to mention a few things which were told to me at various uncertain dates by people who before my time were themselves contem­porary with the people and events which they themselves talked to me about, late in their own lives. Perhaps I ought to explain in limine, that my grandfather, the Eev. Alexander Brodie, D.D., was Vicar of East-Bourne from 1810 till 1828, when he was killed, leaving a widow who survived till 1864 and eleven children one of whom survived till 1908. The family house was The Gore, where my grandmother Mrs. Brodie lived till the end of her life, as did her three unmarried daughters, Maria, Lydia, and Julia, till the end of their lives, the last of them dying in 1892.
Thus I had in my earlier years, from 1845 onwards, many opportunities of hearing of events which occurred in the early part of the first half of the 19th Century, and of witnessing many of the later events. But as it happens, the oldest reference in this volume in point of date came to me through another and quite different family association.
In many guide books relating to East-Bourne a quotation appears to the effect that in 1804, when Napoleon's invasion of England was supposed to be threatening, the South Gloucester Militia was one of the militia regiments which was quartered in the camp near East-Bourne, assembled to resist the invader who not only never came, but in my humble opinion never seriously intended to come, whatever his wishes might
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