Eastbourne derives its name from a stream
called the Burne, or Bourne, which ran through the old town. The
site of the present-day town was occupied by four villages: East
Bourne (or Old Town), South Bourne, Meads and Sea Houses. The town
began to grow rapidly in the 18th century as the fashion arose to
visit the coast for the medicinal benefits of sea air and sea
bathing, and providing for holidaymakers is still its principal
Photos from 2006. Pier suffered a fire in
2014 but now fully restored.
Boat trips round Beach Heady depart from the landing stage
on the right.
Victorian style bedding, long may it continue at
Bandstand built in 1931. The first bandstand was
built in 1893, with a Municipal Orchestra formed in 1899.
Eastbourne pier was built in 1870. A storm
destroyed the landward part in 1877 and the pier was rebuilt at a
higher level. The National Piers Society
www.piers.co.uk has many
articles on British piers, including old photographs of many of
them, both surviving and lost.
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Linger longer and take a moment to admire the wrought iron work and
decorative features on our seaside piers
View eastwards from pier
View westwards from pier
Despite the flapping deckchair, this was a warm
August afternoon. Eastbourne has an excellent sunshine record, and
claims to be the sunniest place in Britain, along with Jersey,
Bournemouth and Weymouth, depending on the criteria chosen to
West end of King Edward's Parade, you can walk
along the top road, middle path or lower broad promenade by the shore, with plenty of seats
at intervals. Most of the seats have memorial inscriptions to
residents who were fond of the seafront area.
Steep verges between the
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I am always amazed how beach timbers survive the
seawater and battering they get, considering what happens to my
humble garden fence in a very short amount of time. A good
warm place to sit when the stones get too lumpy to bear.
Beaches are all stony, with meagre sand
West end of King Edward's Parade, natural rocks,
despite the bit of concrete in the photo
The western end of King Edward's Parade, a good
smooth place to play with your rollerblades
View westwards to Beachy Head, rising 162 metres
(530 feet). The cliffs are continually eroding into the sea, from
attack by shingle thrown at the base by the high tide, and weakening
of the chalk by water/ice penetration at the cliff top during
winter. Erosion of half to 1 metre per year takes place, keeping the
cliff faces pure white.
View over Eastbourne from the west side of Beach
Head. You can climb up from below, or drive to the top where there
is some parking, toilet facilities and a pub.
Eastbourne railway station
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