Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. XX.] Novel Experiences of the Author.           289
minds are not easily described. Harrison Ainsworth's Tower of London gives some idea of the places and things.
Mid-Victorian Meal-Hours.
The hours for meals have altered much in the last 60 years. At The Gore, in 1851, they were as follows :
On Sundays, dinner was at 5.0 p.m. The dinner hour had been steadily altering all through the early Victorian years. It was only old-fashioned people who still dined at 4.0 p.m. That was the hour I remember adopted by the old Vicar of Litlington (the Rev. W. B. Robinson), who lived in the Old Town, Eastbourne ; and mention of that hour is not unfrequently made in Memoirs and Journals published in, or relating to, the epoch 18001840. A modification of the above hours I remember in a large country house in Oxfordshire in 1856, namely : breakfast, 9.0 a.m. ; dinner, 2.0 p.m.; supper, 7.0 p.m. Nothing else to eat! I was very hungry in that house. It was no question of economy or poverty, for the hostess's income was 3000 a year.
Visits to the Galleries of the two Houses of Parliament.
Year by year for many years past I have been a visitor to the Galleries of the 2 Houses of Parliament, my first visit having been on June 26, 1857. I have listened to many important debates, and have known by sight all the great politicians of the period, but many reminiscences as to this would take me too far afield, and would be foreign to a book on East-Bourne. I must therefore content myself with a very few. My first topic shall be the mention of an extraordinary M.P., whose movements were as wonderful as his personality was
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