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10                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. II.
site, facing as it did the W. with not a tree on it was too exposed ; and that trees would never grow there. This prophecy was, in a measure, well-founded, and it has taken the best part of half-a-century to obtain such shelter as there is. When in 1874 it was proposed to add to the original cemetery of four acres several additional acres on the S. side, the Misses Brodie, as the owners of The Gore, a large house half wray dow^n the hill, claimed their Statutory rights to prevent land being used for burials within 200 yards of their house. Hence the semi-circular line which bounds the portion used on the southern limits of the Cemetery property. The point was that the Burial Board could under the Act of Parliament buy any land they could get, but could not use it within the above-mentioned limits. At the last minute a nice little point of law arose as to the terminus a quo from which the 200 yards was to be measured—whether from the walls of the house proper or from the wall of the back yard treated as " cartilage." The latter was accepted as the proper starting point.
After the death of the last of Mrs. Brodie's daughters who owned the house, The Gore and its seven acres was sold to an enterprising local financier who made a heap of money out of his speculation by pulling down the house and cutting up the site and gardens for building. Hence the names of Gore Park Avenue and Gore Park Road. The house had no architectural features. It had been originally a farm-house and had been largely added to by my grandfather. When it was pulled down it was found that much of the masonry consisted of blocks of hard chalk. In the construction of the laundry and wash-house, some old ship timbers had been used. Nothing of the original structure now remains except the billiard room, which was partly re-constructed in the " Fifties " to accommodate a billiard table presented to Mrs. Brodie by Mr. Freeman Thomas then the new squire of Batton, who did not wish his- sons to grow up billiard players. Apparently he thought that it was of no moment that Mrs. Brodie's sons and grandsons should be similarly, demoralised.
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