Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. XIX.]            Pigs as Engineers.                           257
" 1843, March 8. On our way we saw a very extraordinary sight, pigs manoeuvring how to get their young ones over the river. This was done hy the older ones making a line, or bridge, by holding on to each other by their tails, thus making a bridge for the little ones to cross on their backs."
The journals in question are full of extraordinary-adventures, all over the world, between 1827 and 1851. Perhaps I shall edit them for publication one of these days.
Banks at East-Bourne.
In my earliest days, with the population of East-Bourne so small as it was, there was naturally no such thing as a Bank, and the first Bank was started in this way. The Lewes firm of Molineux, Whitfeld & Co. made an arrangement with a local tradesman (Mr. R. B. Stone) to act as their agent. After a time this was found to give insufficient facilities, and they empowered a Mr. William Rason to open a miniature Bank as a Branch of their Lewes establishment by attending 2 days a week for the limited time of 3 hours a day, at No. 1, Cornfield Terrace. The convenience of this soon became apparent and appreciated, so it was only natural that in process of time the 2 days should become 5, and the 5 become 6, with the daily hours much extended. As the town grew and the business grew, so the one room at Cornfield Terrace became insufficient, and a whole house was taken in the Terminus Road. Still developements went on; changes of house took place, and eventually in 1896 the present palatial building, which bears the name of Barclay & Co., was erected. I for one was sorry to see disappear the names of Molineux and Whitfeld, which had been associated with banking business in Sussex in connection with the name " Lewes Old Bank " more or less since 1789. The first rival Bank was the " English Joint Stock Bank," of London, which opened a branch and vanished. One day in April, 1872, when seated in my chambers at the Temple, my clerk announced that a solicitor, Mr. C. E. Lewis, wished to see me. Knowing Mr. Lewis, and he knowing me, of course my mind quickly scented a brief. When Mr. Lewis was ushered s
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