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Chap. XIX.] Population of East-Bourne.                  237
time than a statement of Census results. The population at the undermentioned epochs was as follows :
Year.
Population.
Year.
Population.
1801 ..
1668
1861 ..
5778
1811 ..
2623
1871 ..
.. 10,342
1821 ..
2607
1881 ..
.. 21,510
1831 ..
2726
1891 ..
.. 34,244
1841 ..
3015
1901 ..
.. 43,344
1851 ..
3433
From the above figures it will be seen that the population of the Parish of East-Bourne, almost stationaiy during the 40 years 181151, actually decreased between 1811 and 1821 ; and that it was not until 1871 that notable signs of progress became manifest,
Guy Fawkes Day.
Sussex has always been famous for its 5th of November celebrations, and Lewes has long been at the top of the tree in the matter. East-Bourne, however, has seldom failed to make a good show. Those whose memories take them back to the years 1850 and 1851 will remember that what was called the " Papal Aggression " of the former year gave a great impetus to the Guy Fawkes celebrations, and that the Pope especially came in for a large measure of patronage at the hands of the " Bonfire Boys." I must confess that the 5th of November festival always obtained my hearty support, and that there was nothing which I subscribed to more regularly or willingly.
The year 1857 provided a new candidate for Guy Fawkes honours, in the person of the notorious Indian murderer, Nana Sahib. East-Bourne itself in 1860 provided another candidate, in the person of the schoolmaster mentioned elsewhere.
The Incorporation of the town in 1883 had the somewhat inconvenient effect of giving us two 9th's of November; one on the 5th and the other on the 9th. I think it would be correct to say that the Bonfire Societies transferred their attentions from the 5th to the 9th, leaving the former to the little boys. At any rate, I
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