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38                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. IIL
built on one side and " Elms Avenue " on the other. His mother resides at Edmond Castle near Carlisle, of which T. H. B. Graham is also now the owner, having succeeded to it through his father who was the nephew of Mr. T. H. Graham. The family may therefore be said almost to have severed their connection with Sussex in order to resume a closer connection with Cumberland, their ancestral County, but a married daughter still resides in East-Bourne.
The house at the E. corner of Susans Road occupies the site of a building which I remember bore the inscrip­tion in stone, " East-Bourne Waterworks, 1844." This-really was the property of the first Joint-Stock Company ever established in East-Bourne. Some of my people were Shareholders, but I possess no records of it and doubt if any exist, unless the existing Water Company possess any. The modern company took over by purchase the rights of the old company in 1859.
Terminus Road was laid out, I think, about 1849,. when the Railway was opened, and the parish books show that it was dedicated as a highway in 1850, but it was a long time before the houses became contiguous for there were many gaps. The corner house on the W. side abutting on the Seaside Road wras for many years a Confectioner's shop, the first in East-Bourne to supply dessert ices. The proprietor was Thomas Morris, who gave more attention to cricket than to confectionery, but his wife was a very capable representative of the firm. A journeyman baker once called there to see if he could get a job. He was hailed by Mrs. Morris, to whom he-said : " I want to see the master." Mrs. Morris replied in tones of stentorian indignation " I'm master here." The house at the opposite corner, now divided, once changed hands for £G00, but the next time, some 30' years later, it fetched £3600.
The whole of the land Eastwards of the Seaside Road and The Terrace was up to 1849 an unbroken stretch of agricultural land (chiefly grass). There were only 2 old houses, Tlie Grotto, now the site of Barclay's Bank, and Oak Cottage, standing about where No. 53 Terminus
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