Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. XIII.]              Trinity Church.
vast open space of grass land, with only one house in the far distance which is intended either for Oak Cottage or The Grotto, one of 2 small houses then standing in solitary loneliness on what is now Sussex Gardens and Terminus Road. This engraving shews the corner of the W. wall of the garden of Rosemount, Trinity Place, which as a roadway did not then exist, the grass land spoken of above running up to Rosemount and nearly up to the adjacent house, known as Norfolk Lodge, which belonged to Lieut. Baugh, R.N. The house adjoining, now called Pine Grange, bore in those days a different name. It was Trinity Lodge, and belonged to a Captain Washington, whose daughters sold it to Dr. G. A. Jeffery. The Washingtons claimed relationship to the great American statesman. The Rosemount of 1855, which had belonged to a London solicitor named Jones, has ceased to exist, having been pulled down and the name and garden transferred to what once was Frohsdorf House, Victoria Place. Over the entrance to this house the first owner had inscribed the words : " Every house is builded by some man, but he that built all things is God."
The pressure on the existing church accommodation in the new part of the town was first of all met by Mr. Pierpoint instituting special Sunday services in Trinity School, episcopally licensed for the purpose ; by the building of Christ Church as regards its nave in 1859 ; and by the erection of the three amorphous W. ends of Trinity Church. It was to raise money for this, I think, that a bazaar at which I assisted was held at Trinity Schools, August 15—17, 1861, and which resulted in takings amounting to £225. This was nearly all net profit, because bazaar managers did not in those days waste the money they do now in " expenses." There was another bazaar for the same purpose at the same place on September 2—3, 1862, but finding it very dull, I went off each afternoon to cricket at Compton Place.
Mr. Pierpoint, the first Incumbent, remained such until his resignation in May 1878. During an inter­regnum before the appointment of the Rev. W. A. Bathurst in 1878 the Parish was in charge of a man
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