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124                 Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XI.
Bramber Castle. This was about 184G. Outside the chariot at the back, there was usually an open seat, called a " dickey " or " rumble," for a man-servant or maid-servant, or both, with space underneath for a detachable luggage box. The last inhabitant of East-Bourne to own and use a chariot was Mrs. John Willard of The Lawn, who died November 29, 1865. Yellow was rather a fashionable colour for chariots. There used to he a yellow chariot of ancient date at the Manor House, and perhaps Mr. C. D. Gilbert still preserves it as a relic of olden times.
The above-named Mrs. Willard, when going to dine with her brother-in-law Major Willard, whose house The •Grays was no more than 200 yards away, would often travel thither in a Sedan chair, with her gardener John Rollison, and her butler John Thomas as bearers. I had this quite recently from Thomas's son. RolHson's eldest son Thomas became a gardener in Yorkshire, and his second son William, a National Schoolmaster at Uckfield.
Going back to Railway matters—the Branch Railways from Polegate to East-Bourne and Hailsham were not opened until May 14, 1849, and between 1846 and the opening of the branches, an Omnibus of sorts belonging to D. Burford, landlord of the Anchor, plied between Polegate and the Sea Houses at East-Bourne. The starting point for the London Coach had been the yard of the New Inn, South Street, which yard some years ago was built over when the New Inn was re-built and enlarged and re-named the New Hotel—a much less interesting designation. The tree which obstructed the foothpath till quite recent years was itself a remanet of coaching days. The office for coach tickets was further down South Street. It may here be noted that the last Turnpike Trust in the neighbourhood, the Lewes and Polegate one, came to an end on November 1,1878, more to the satisfaction of the driving public than of the ratepaying public.
I was present at the opening of the Railway, and, of course, witnessed with intense interest the ceremonies which had been arranged for the occasion. The
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