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Chap. IV.] A Tour round the Sea Houses.                   43
the direction of Pevensey, except a house frequented by tramps nearly opposite Anthony's Hill. But this was locally in the Parish of Willingdon.
Some of the above houses may now be mentioned in detail. But first I will speak of a house which I never saw and which ceased to exist in 1841—the Round House,-It was demolished in that year because it had been undermined by the sea. It was at that time used as a private residence, but at some time in the 18th Century had been built and used as a flour mill. In 1780, Prince Edward, afterwards Duke of Kent, stayed in it. His brother, Prince Octavius, and two sisters, the Princesses Elizabeth and Sophia stayed in a house on the Marine Parade, which was pulled down and the Albion built on its site. All this is hearsay evidence of course so far as I am concerned, but it seemed necessary to mention it in order to round off, so to speak, my account of the Sea-Houses as I knew them. The Annual Register for 1780 (p. 227) under the date of September 17, gives an account of a terrific thunderstorm which killed 2 servants in the Field House, which when I first knew it belonged to a family named Drury. The last time I was ever in it was on April 20, 1865, on the occasion of the Wedding of a Mr. James B. Baker to Miss Sophia C. Drury. The oldest villa in Seaside Road was one built in the fashion of a Swiss cottage and occupied by a Major Stannus, When the modern houses began to spring up the dates of some of the blocks were in effect indicated by some of the names ; e.g., Alma Place and Inkerman Place, referring to the Battles in the Crimea. These houses with fronts brought out over their former forecourts are those now numbered 35 to 41, as nearly as I can identify them. The subsidiary names were abolished when the great increase in the number of the houses made it necessary to re-number the whole road. Of the shops standing in 1851 I fancy that the only one which remains is No. 51, and that not in its former con­dition. No. 51 was then as now a Baker's Shop, kept by a man named Bridger, afterwards Gilbert; whilst the-next house was that of a Draper and Grocer named
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