Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. III.] A Tour through Central East-Bourne. 291
private house, and Mr. J. F. Gottwaltz, an officer of the disbanded Rifles, lived in it. Then the Local Board acquired it for their Surveyor's office and residence. Finally it was pulled down and the site and garden taken as the site for the new Town Hall.
I now go back to the Station to say something about the houses on the left side of Grove Road. The first was the Squirrel, afterwards called the Gilbert Arms, an old fashioned small inn mentioned again in Chapter XV. (post) and pulled down in 1873. Then came a stile and a farm road, the stile giving access to a footpath through the fields to the Sea-Side. Adjacent to this was a small private residence, called Rose Cottage, once Sir Arthur Piggott's, but occupied in 1851 by a Mrs. Johnson, the widow of a naval officer ; Mr. John Graham being the owner. This house had a good deal of history attached to it, some of it of a weird character, but this was before my time. It is said to have been haunted, and therefore once to have been sold cheap, the purchase money being only 30. This seems incredible. It was pulled down in 1882 and shops built on the site. Further on were some cottages used simply as such when I knew them, but which had at an earlier epoch belonged to the Parish and been used for Poor Law purposes. Amongst the documents preserved in the Parish strong room at the Technical Institute is the Order of the Vestry, dated 1825, for the sale of the " Workhouse in Watery Lane," as it seems to have been then called. The Poor Law purposes included at one time the spinning and weaving of materials for garments for the paupers. The master weaver was one Henry Pratt, who afterwards kept a grocer's shop, which is now 36 Ocklynge Road.
Next to the workhouse came Elm Cottage, at one time the residence of Dr. D. J. Hall, and afterwards of Mr. R. J. Graham.
Two small houses, named respectively Bourne Cottage and Lime Cottage (almost what one might call pill boxes), stood next beyond Elm Cottage. At some time or other the two had been thrown into one under
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