Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. II.] A Tour round Old East-Bourne.                  13
not commend themselves to the East-Bourne residents who laughed at them. The result was a coolness on both sides, which however was made up to the young visitors by the hearty and abiding kindness of the old maid who had invited them to East-Bourne. The end of it all was that many years afterwards the younger of the two sisters married a gentleman who subsequently settled at East-Bourne, and died there as did his wife some years later, namely in 1905, at the age of 88. This and some other things mentioned elsewhere in this volume I heard at Croydon from the lips of the surviving sister then in her 95th year, on April 1, 1910.
The original Vicarage was nearly opposite the Chancel of the Church and is shown in Plate VI., Fig. 12. It was a small and gloomy building, and Mr. Pitman,, the Vicar, found himself much pinched for room when his children grew up, as he had two sisters-in-law, his deceased wife's sisters, living with him. My grandfather bought The Gore as his private house, and treated that as the de facto Vicarage. Mr. Pitman coveted the piece of land in the Compton Place Road at the corner of Love Lane (now Vicarage Road) on which I afterwards built my house Northfield Grange, but the former owner, Mr. J. D. Gilbert, would not let him have it, so he was compelled to accept an offer made to him by the Earl of Burlington at the other end of Love Lane on which the present Vicarage stands. Many years afterwards, when Lord Burlington had become 7th Duke of Devonshire, he very liberally presented four acres to the Vicarage on the S. side in order to preserve for the occupants a fairly open view of the Downs in the event, which has come to pass, of houses being built towards the Links, or Westwards.
The road now called Compton Place Road was originally and for a long number of years called the "New Road." It was made sometime in the early part of the 19th Century, in substitution for a public footpath or bridleway, by the two Landowners jointly, Lord George Cavendish and Mr. Gilbert, the grandfather of the present Lord of the Manor. Mr. Gilbert was in his
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