Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. XIX.]                Miscellaneous.                              251
The Lanyon Family.
East-Bourne cannot claim to have been the birth­place of any men distinguished in the front rank of English history. It is therefore necessary to make the most of any of its children who have done anything. I have already mentioned J. H. Mortimer, the painter, and, connected with him at a later date, the name of Lanyon, will be found in the Parish and other books, and onwards from the middle of the 18th Century. John J. Lanyon who in 1869 lived at 22 Sea-houses (afterwards the Marine Parade), and subsequently at 3 The Terrace, and died in 1835, had sons—one of them,. Charles, left East-Bourne to make his way in the world, and was taken on as a pupil in the office of an Architect and Engineer at Belfast. Being a young man clever and enterprising, he soon got on, and marrying his employer's daughter, acquired a high business standing at Belfast. Eventually he became M.P. for the town in 1866, taking the place of Sir Hugh Cairns, then made a Lord Justice, and who afterwards became Earl Cairns and Lord Chancellor of England. Lanyon lost his seat in 1868 and did not seek to re-enter Parliament. I knew him very well, and to the end of his life he kept up his acquaintance with my family. The last time I saw him at East-Bourne, was on an occasion when be brought to The Gore his son, Colonel Sir William Owen Lanyon, K.C.M.G., who made a name for himself some 30 years ago in South Africa. Sir Charles Lanyon's greatest work as an Architect was, I suppose, Queen's College, Belfast. The houses now numbered 23, 25, 27 and 29 in Ocklynge Road, were built from his designs for the coachmen and gardeners employed at The Gore. Sir Charles's business passed at his death to his son John, whom I visited at Belfast in September 1893, when staying with Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jaffe, late of East-Bourne, who then lived near Belfast.
" Bread the Staff of Life " (sometimes).
Y'ery little of the bread supplied to us now-a-days deserves this title, but the bread now to be mentioned
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