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44                   Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. IV.
Row, afterwards Gosling. No. 51 exhibits inside the announcement " Established in 1795 " which is very likely true. Proceeding now out on to the Sea-front, we find that the Queen's Hotel has taken the place of the Field House ; that the houses next are new, but that from No. 6 as far as the road by Gowland's Library the houses are nearly as they were. A house which used to be No. 15 was pulled down to open up the roadway into Queen's Gardens. One of the old houses numbered 9 used to be called The Wedge, from its ground plan. It was actually such, having only a front door and front windows. It was used by the Grahams as a sort of Tea-house, and has since been annexed to No. 8. The houses numbered 6 to 14 have their original fronts.
" Splash Point " alias " Junction Parade," as it was called, underneath the Field House, was the scene of an alarming incident on September 7, 1866. A high tide was expected, and I went to see it with a party of cousins then staying in the town, and a clerical friend. We watched the waves for a while, standing on the Grand Parade, but wanting to get round to the Marine Parade, we waited for a good opportunity for doing so. Think­ing that a favourable moment had come we made a rush, Mrs. L. K., her little boy, Mrs. F. C, the Rev. P. S., and myself, but we were too soon (or too late) to dodge a big wave which came, and not only threw down the whole party except myself, but washed Mrs. L. K. and her boy to the edge of the wall. Providentially a man saw their danger at the same moment as I did, he ran, and I ran, and between us we seized my cousin and the child and secured them. It was a very narrow squeak, because had they gone over nothing could have saved them ; rescue by a boat would have been impossible with the waves so high, besides which probably no boats were within reach. The whole thing was over in a few seconds and we got round on to the terra firma of the Marine Parade. I suppose it must be confessed that the attempt was a foolhardy one from the first. The railings shown in the picture were not then in existence but were added because the corner was felt to be always a dangerous one.
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