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40                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. III.
was a Sunday) of Lord Burlington's eldest son, Lord Cavendish, better known in later years as the Marquis of Hartington, and who finally became 8th Duke of Devonshire. I helped to honour the event by hoisting a Union Jack on the roof of The Gore. The flag actually used, bought for the Duke of Wellington's funeral two years previously, is still in my possession and usable.
Three houses in Hartington Place have a little history attached to them. Fern Bank was built by Mr. Andrew Cuthell, a member of the great London Building Firm of Cubitt, a fact which explains why Lord Ashcombe came down many years afterwards to the funeral of Mrs. Cuthell, who died at Fern Bank.
The next house nearer the Sea (to which flats have now been joined) had as its first owner, Mr. John Carrington Palmer, a cousin of the 1st Earl of Selborne, the Lord Chancellor. The house was named Mixbury House from the name of the parish in Oxfordshire of which the Chancellor's father had been Rector. Mr. Palmer died on May 27, 1874.
Opposite Mixbury House is a house now occupied by the Young Women's Christian Association. Though now called Westdoum, under its original name of Brunswick House it was occupied by an Admiral Morier. His funeral, on August 4, 1864, was the last occasion on which I remember seeing the funeral procession headed by a man carrying on his shoulders a large black board writh black plumes fastened in an upright position on it. The Admiral's widow was a sister of the Mrs. Mortimer who was the Authoress of those children's books of world-wide renown The Peep of Day, Line upon Line, Lines left out, and others, all which I am glad to say are still on sale by the Religious Tract Society in their original form; but corrupted versions of some of them have been issued by a " High Church " publisher since the expiration of the Copyrights. I suppose that no " Pi' Books (to use school-boy language) have ever had such an enormous sale.
This is a convenient place to mention that the Seaside Road from near Hartington Place to about
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