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LETTERS FROM WARTIME EASTBOURNE by Gillian Rogers with Michael Partridge Letters from Wartime Eastbourne
by Gillian Rogers with Michael Partridge
ELHS Booklet No. 2

What was it like for Eastbourne families during WW2, when the town was one of the most-bombed on the south coast, and families were often divided? Mrs Nell Edmonds' letters home in 1940 have been collected here, with a foreword and account of the Spencer Road bombing, which killed a number of people including Mr Edmonds, by their daughter, Gillian Rogers.

Softback, illustrated, 20pp. £3 + £1 p & p


THE PEOPLE'S DOWNS by Liz Moloney The People's Downs
How Eastbourne's Downs were saved from development
by Liz Moloney
ELHS Booklet No. 1

How did Eastbourne Borough Council become the owner of the Downs between the town and Beachy Head, and on what terms? How did that effort relate to other contemporary campaigns to save nearby downland, in particular the Seven Sisters? Using contemporary documents and newspapers, this is the story of the people and events of the original campaign in the 1920s to 'save our Downs'.

Softback, illustrated, 36pp. £3 + £1 p & p


Public Houses in Eastbourne by Alan Smith. Public Houses in Eastbourne by Alan Smith.
The history of Eastbourne's pubs, from the Angel to the Windmill. Every pub, inn, beer shop and brewery that existed in the town up to 1986 is listed and described, often with a photo or print, and in many cases with anecdotal or historical information. Public bars, brewers, landlords and advertisements are also covered in fascinating detail.

Softback, illustrated, 330pp £10 + £2.50 p & p


Original architectural plan with fascinating detail.
Ideal for framing, as in picture. (Supplied unframed. Glass of wine not included.)
A3 £4 + £2.90 p & p, supplied in cardboard mailing tubes. This size is recommended in order to see the detail more clearly:
A4 £3 + £1.90 p & p, supplied in card backed envelopes.


George Ambrose Wallis and Other Agents of the Dukes of Devonshire in Eastbourne. George Ambrose Wallis and Other Agents of the Eastbourne and Sussex Estates of the Dukes of Devonshire
Tom Hollobone

(Published jointly with the Eastbourne Society and the author)
George Ambrose Wallis, Eastbourne's first mayor, and his brother, William Lumb Wallis, were responsible for the parades and promenades, Upper Dukes Drive, the Devonshire Baths, many fine houses and much beside.

This booklet contains much new information about the Wallis brothers, about Henry Currey, the architect, and others who played a significant role in the building of the Victorian town of Eastbourne.

58 pp, softbound, illustrated with prints and maps.
£3.00 + £1.50 p & p


1841 Census for Eastbourne. The 1841 Census for Eastbourne.
A meticulous transcription of the names, ages, employment and addresses of those living in the Parish of Eastbourne on the night of 6/7 June 1841.
An invaluable reference for genealogical researchers.
£5.00 + £1.50 p & p


Redoubt Fortress & Martello Towers 0f Eastbourne. The Redoubt Fortress and Martello Towers of Eastbourne 1804-2004
Rosemary Milton and Richard Callaghan.

An impressive illustrated record of the origins and use of these defences against the Napoleonic threat, together with details of the soldiers and military units which manned them.
£6.99 + £1.50 p & p


Eastbourne Aviation Company. A History of the Eastbourne Aviation Company
1911 - 1924

By Lou McMahon and Michael Partridge.
A detailed, fully illustrated story of the men who learned to fly and of the machines in which they flew; also a record of the RNAS occupation and the 250 aircraft that were built here, 174pp, hardback.
£15.95 cover price
Our WW1 centenary offer for
A History of the Eastbourne Aviation Company:
£5 + £3.00 p & p


Canucks by the sea. Canucks by the Sea by Michael Ockenden.
The story of the Canadian Army in Eastbourne during the Second World War.
Fully illustrated. Extended second edition, 193 pp softbound.
£10.99 + £2.95 p & p


Turnpike Territory Turnpike Territory, the Glyndebridge Trust and the Lewes to Eastbourne Turnpikes
by Peter Longstaff-Tyrrell.

A guide to the old coach road from Lewes to Eastbourne.
Fully illustrated in colour.
Extended second edition, 40pp.
£4.50 + £1.50 p & p


The Stream That Gave Eastbourne Its Name. The Stream That Gave Eastbourne Its Name.
Harold Spears, revised by Peter Allen and Lou McMahon
An illustrated history of the Bourne Stream. Third edition 28pp.
£3.50 + £1.00 p & p


The Eastbourne Local Historian - Society's Journal up to Issue 173 with Index
Two-CD set £10 + £1.00 p & p



Origins of Eastbourne's Street Names by John Milton.
An illustrated record of the origins of the names of every one of Eastbourne's streets including their historical context or derivation, together with their dates of origin.
A completely new edition is in progress.


Ascham Arch.

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the society is publishing a book about the men (listed below) on the Ascham Memorial Arch, which honours 51 old boys of Ascham St Vincent's prep school who died in the First World War. These had been two schools, Ascham and St Vincent's, amalgamated in 1908 under Ascham's head, the Revd W N Willis, on the site of St Vincent's in Carlisle Road; it was bought by Eastbourne College in 1938 and was its prep school, Ascham, from 1946 till 1977.

Short biographies and photographs of each man will be included, along with a short account of the schools and the context for the losses in each year of the war. The story of the war is glimpsed in a series of personal snapshots - from the professional soldier killed in one of the last cavalry charges by British troops in early September 1914, to the man who was rejected for service in the armed forces but made an important contribution in munitions supply, and died of influenza complications in November 1918.

Liz Moloney, the author of this book, very much regrets that it has been delayed but promises publication in 2018, before the end of the centenary. Please watch this space!

The Boys on the Arch

Frederick De Vere Bruce Allfrey (9th Lancers) 7 September 1914
Francis Annesley, 6th Earl Annesley (RNAS) 5 November 1914
Cecil Hugh Antrobus (Cameron Highlanders) 26 September 1915
Reginald Douglas Berry (Yorks and Lancs Regt.) 12 May 1917
Charles Kingstone Butler (KOYLI) 1 July 1916
Derrick Alfred Carden (Seaforth/Arg.& Suth. Highlanders) 25 May 1915
Joseph Case Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt) 15 November 1918
Robert Ellis Cunliffe (Royal Berkshire Regiment) 9 May 1915
Maurice Alfred Alexander Darby (Grenadier Guards) 11 March 1915
George Edward Davis (Royal Engineers) 11/13 October 1915
Wilfred Jervis Davis (Northumberland Fusiliers) 30 June 1916
Richard Nicholas Dilberoglue (Coldstream Guards) 15 September 1916
Augustus Dilberoglue (4th (The King's Own) Hussars) 1 April 1918
Oliver Emanuel (Wiltshire Regt) 25 September 1915
Harry Featherstonhaugh (Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt)) 8 July 1916
David Keith Finnimore (Royal Engineers) 10 May 1917
Edward Henry Fitzroy (Royal Navy) 23 January 1917
William Henry Alfred Fitzroy, Viscount Ipswich (C. Guards /RAF) 23 April 1918
John Fergusson Franks (King's Royal Rifle Corps) 22 September 1915
William Beresford Gosset (Royal Field Artillery) 1 November 1914
The Hon Felix Charles Hanbury-Tracy (Scots Guards) 19 December 1914
William Guy Harington DSO (Gurkha Rifles) 28 September 1917
Edward Hawley (Alberta Regiment) 9 April 1917
Noel Charles Henderson (Black Watch) 9 October 1915
Philip Brydges Henriques (King's Royal Rifle Corps) 24 July 1915
Richard Grain Humphreys (King's Royal Rifle Corps) 28 September 1917
Sydney Maxwell Innes-Cross (Royal Irish Rifles) 27 October 1914
Hercules Ralph Langrishe (Royal Flying Corps) 16 February 1917
Scarlin Lasenby (East Surrey Regiment) 20 December 1917
Edward Gerald Lawton East Surrey Regiment 12 April 1918
Francis Ellison Levita (3rd (Queen's Own) Hussars) 12 October 1914
Owen Neville Lyte (Army Service Corps) 31 October 1918
Robert Craig Macfarlane (Royal Navy) 15 October 1914
Frank Nairne Maclaran (Gurkha Rifles) 14 April 1916
Hugh Arthur Grenville Malet (King's Own Scottish Borderers) 18. April 1915
Edward Barry Maule (Royal Flying Corps) 6 February 1917
John Munro Milton (Northumberland Fusiliers) 25 September 1915
George King Molineux (Northumberland Fusiliers) 5 May 1915
Gerrard Humphrey Morrison (London Rifle Brigade) 31 March 1915
Lionel Clement Mundey (Royal Fusiliers (City of London Reg't)) 5 June 1915
Derrick Osborne (Durham Light Infantry) 21 March 1918
Reginald William Phillipps (Grenadier Guards) 26 October 1915
Jacob Edward Pleydell-Bouverie (King's Royal Rifle Corps) 1 November 1914
Henry Frederick Schall (Royal Garrison Artillery) 24 September 1916
Graham Spicer (Ministry of Munitions) 3 November 1918
Michael George Stocks (Grenadier Guards) 10 November 1914
John Eadred Tollemache (Queen's (Royal West Surreys) 21 August 1916
Frederick Hugh Geoffrey Trumble (Royal Navy) 10 May 1918
Guy Kemble Twiss (Royal Navy) 17 June 1917
Geoffrey Miles Wilkinson (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry/RFC) 10 October 1917
John Graham Wilkinson (Hampshire Regiment) 20 July 1918

The men named above are in alphabetical order with death dates.


Get your copy from
Liz Moloney
18 The Moorings
St John's Road
BN20 7NL
or by email at moloneybooks@outlook.com

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