As you stand at the junction of Seaside and Firle Road you will notice the military ground opposite. This part of the ‘Shingles’ was acquired early in the 19th century for use as barracks, parade ground and stores linked to the garrison at the Redoubt fortress. At one stage there was a small military hospital on part of the site. More recently it was home to the Territorial Army but now the area is underused.
The three storey building at this junction with Firle Road is the former Seaside Library, built in 1928. Firle Road itself follows the line of a very old sheep drove and was originally called Wormey Drove.
Look at the blue building just to the east of this junction. This is a former cinema which is listed for the quality of its interior plasterwork. It opened in 1916 as the Empire, and then changed its name to the Elysium, then the Gaiety, followed by the New Classic.
The undertakers business facing it started life as the Eastern Cinema in 1912 – the first purpose-built cinema in Eastbourne. It later changed to the Regal before closing in 1953 and becoming a Woolworth’s.