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East of the Pier Heritage Trail


This eastern corner of Bourne Street saw the opening of the first Russell and Bromley shop in the country in 1880.

As you turn and face the sea, the divided road in front of you is the end of Marine Parade. This area suffered heavy bombing in WW2, and prior to that, the road was much narrower; consisting of the left hand fork only.

On the rest of the side (including the island and the right-hand fork of the road), with a frontage on Seaside Road, was a quality garage built in 1906. It was the beginning of the Caffyns vehicle business which is now prominent across the whole region.

Another building located here until the late 1940s was Gowlands Library. This was one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating from 1784. Mr Gowland was a most enterprising character and played a key part in building the economy of the eastern part of the town.

The Crown and Anchor pub is rebuilt on virtually the same site as The Lion which was destroyed in the same bombing raid that saw the end of its neighbour, Caffyns. The Crown and Anchor decor has a fine collection of old photographs of Eastbourne. All are welcome to enter this History Corner and take a look (children to be accompanied please).

The Shore View Hotel lies on the seafront corner. For most of its life it was called The Albion. From modest beginnings in the 1830s, the building has been extensively altered over the years.

There are some information boards at the sea end of the large traffic island looking at some of the commercial history of this area.

Trail: East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 8


Tourist Information Centre


Bourne Street,
East Sussex,
BN21 3PF



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Map reference: OA 618914  Lat: 50.76933 Long: 0.29351

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