Herald and Gazette office is on the move

Map House 9/7/16 (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-161107-160415008
Map House 9/7/16 (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-161107-160415008
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The Herald and Gazette’s editorial and events teams are on the move next week.

This time next week (July 22) staff will be moving out from their current base in Gildredge Road, where they have worked for six years, to St Leonard’s Road.

The newspaper staff will remain in the heart of town and be located at Map House, 34 - 36 St Leonard’s Road.

Individual telephone numbers will stay the same. The main editorial number will also remain unchanged as 01323 414488.

This move will mean staff have occupied four town centre offices over more than 130 years – most recently moving from Commercial Road, now known as The Old Printworks, to Berkeley House in Gildredge Road in 2010.

That move marked the end of more than three decades at the familiar Beckett House building close to Eastbourne railway station.

Thomas Beckett established the business at 4 Pevensey Road in 1873, shortly after buying the Gazette.

The premises were expanded over the years and remained the company’s hub until the late 1970s.

In 1968 Becketts acquired a well-established print company called Strange the Printers, who occupied 1 Commercial Road.

The print firm was later sold on, and the decision was made to move the newspaper business to the site - together with a new Goss web offset press.

This replaced the letterpress which had been installed at Pevensey Road in 1909 and which had printed the town’s newspapers for nearly 70 years.

From July 22, all letters should be sent to Map House, 34-36 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UT.

Anyone with a story can call the newsroom on the same number 01323 414488 or the sports desk on 01323 414494.

The advertising department is based in Hastings and can be contacted on 01424 854242.

We regret we can no longer take family announcements from the Eastbourne office. Please call 02070237930 or email bmd@jpress.co.uk to place a birth, marriage or death announcement.

The Herald email address is unaffected and remains eastbourne.herald@jpress.co.uk for all your news and pictures.

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