An evening of tales of the East End


The fascinating history of Eastbourne’s East End from 1850 to 1950 is the subject of an illustrated talk on Wednesday October 8 at Eastbourne Heritage Centre.

The speaker, Alan Wenham, is well known by many as Chair of 3VA and his involvement with Eastbourne Rotary Club. Alan will describe how the artisans quarter behind the original Sea Houses was unkempt in the early 1860s, inhabited by fishermen, blacksmiths, building labourers and laundry workers.

Eastbourne was fast becoming a prosperous and attractive place for the wealthy to live, but life in the working class east side was a very different story for its inhabitants, many were uneducated and some were impoverished by chronic seasonal unemployment and sought solace in the local taverns.

Philanthropists were concerned about such poverty and set up social clubs for working men and women, the Salvation Army arrived in 1890, and entertainment was available in the form of cinemas and music hall theatre.

The talk starts at 7pm and the Centre is open from 6pm onwards for the opportunity to walk around and see the ‘East of the Pier’ and ‘Front Line Eastbourne’ exhibitions, enjoy wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and light snacks.

Tickets cost £5 and are available at Eastbourne Heritage Centre or on the door on the day. Booking is advisable as places are limited. 2 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4BT.

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