Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Private Schools in 1851 and earlier.—-Smock Frocks.—Mr. J. A. Bown. —Commissariat arrangements.—Private Schools in the New Toivn.— Elementary Schools.—Great efforts made by the Church of England.—Very little done by Dissenters.—Unsuccessful attempts to force on a School Board. —Great Fancy Fair in 1895.—County and Borough Councils as Education Authorities.
" $t is common fax tot nmingrr srrrl to Iarli oi&ttttioxi."—{Hamlet.)
" %\t man fat siuirjr tyt moxt tot ohcobtt out igncrantes."—(Anon.)
" Ipnir jronr siniries; rnhxo prcj frushuss ; anir at a qooo Christian."—
(Dr. Johnson.) " Wst forming %t\)oo\-oafi, fa'xil) Jris satdul zxxa seining morning fact, tvttvixxa likt a snail nnfoillingljr to school."—(As you like it.)
D URING the first half of the 19th Century, there was a school at East-Bourne which had a certain amount of repute outside the parish. From first to last, as far as I can make out, it must have been carried on under successive proprietors for fully 70 years. The locus in quo is now prosaically known as 43a Church Street. It bore in its latest years the name of The Gables, but in my time and earlier, it had no name at all. The first proprietor was a clergyman named Coutts. He was followed by another clergyman named Broome. At Mr. Broome's death, his widow carried it on for a time, and then it passed into the hands of a Mr. J. A. Bown, who had been Mrs. Broome's chief usher, and who was my master when I attended the school. Then came Mr. I). Stroud, and next to him the end. I was a pupil there for a short time in 1849, for some months in 1851, and for nearly the whole of 1852. In those days it was what might be called a " mixed " school, using the word however not in the sense in which it is officially employed by the Board of Education. My particular
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