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32                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. IIL
correctly) that in after years the land on which the-house stood would become worth thousands where in the " Sixties " he could only obtain for it hundreds. All the same, however, he must have lost several thousand pounds by the property remaining empty for, I suppose, at least 20 years; whilst it was a hideous eye-sore and the resort of that class of the community who in modern language enjoy the delightful designation of " undesirables." Truman would neither repair it, nor pull it down, nor re-build it, nor allow anybody else to do either one of these three things. The road which runs parallel to South Street and now called Furness Road was a lane originally, and some shabby cottages still standing give a clue to its past history.
Proceeding along South Street the last house on the right side, now occupied by Elliott's Stores, was the residence of an old seafaring man known as Capt. Hewitt. It was he who bought the furniture out of the Round House, Seaside, when that was pulled down. Standing on his doorstep and looking E. and S.E. in 1851 nothing would catch the eye except Larkfield House, The Wish Tower, two cottages on the cliff, a few houses in Cornfield Terrace, Trinity Church and Trinity Parsonage; the last named would probably conceal three houses, two of which are now enrolled as part of Trinity Place, The whole of the intervening acres were grass land and cornfields reaching up to the garden wall of The Elms and coastwise to " Splash Point." Emerging from South Street and going towards the site of St. Saviour's Church the pedestrian, after passing one private house and three or four cottages, would reach " The Terrace," sometimes spoken of, by way of explanation, as " South Terrace." There were altogether 8 houses, built in twos, forming what would now be called semi-detached villas. The picture (on Plate XX.) is from a water-colour, by a painter named North, made in 1840, which came to me as a legacy from a member of the family of Sir Arthur Piggott mentioned a few pages back. All these houses were occupied by private residents in my early days, except No. 7, where lived Mr. A. Whiteman, the only
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