Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. III.] A Tour through Central East-Bourne. 39
Road (The Capital and Counties Bank), stands. Oak Cottage received its name because it was occupied, and I think owned, by a man named Pendrell, and afterwards by a Miss Pendrell, descendants of the famous Boscobel Farmer who sheltered Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. The Pendrells shared in the State pension given to the Boscobel man and his heirs, during the years I knew them. At Miss Pendrell's death, in 1877, her share passed I know not whither. I remember seeing corn grow on the site of the Gildredge Hotel the year that the Railway was opened (1849). Probably that was almost or quite the last crop, because the Terminus Road was laid out not long afterwards. Hyde Gardens under a different spelling perpetuates the fact that a large field on which the Hyde Gardens houses are now built was known up till the time they were built as the " Half Hide," a name of Saxon origin and probably uninterruptedly in use since Saxon times.
In Junction Road at the back of The Grotto the first Roman Catholic Chapel in East-Bourne was erected; Barclay's Bank covers the site. The Priest in charge was the Rev. C. P. King, a very quiet inoffensive old gentleman with whom I was on friendly terms, and who had none of the aggressiveness of the modern Roman Catholic Priests, such as the present East-Bourne representative of that Faith " Father" Lynch, whom also I reckon a friend when we meet, but an enemy when we face one another in the columns of a newspaper.
At a Vestry held on June 23, 1854, it was resolved that the proposed new road be called Cornfield Road would be " of public utility."
Capt. M. E. Archdall, M.P. for Fermanagh 1835-1874, resided for many years at Odessa Lodge in Cornfield Road, but nobody knew much about him, and he took no part whatever in East-Bourne local affairs.
This chapter shall be brought to an end with one or two disjointed paragraphs. At the mouth, so to speak, of Cornfield Terrace there was erected on July 24, 1854, a triumphal Arch in connection with the festivities to commemorate the coming of age on July 23 (which
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