LOOKING BACK: Leisurely stroll in Eastbourne’s ‘Garden City’

Bird's eye view of the area
Bird's eye view of the area
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The history of one road in Hampden Park is explored in this week’s Looking Back – thanks again to avid reader Dave Poole.

Dave sent in a potted history and photographs from the opening of Glynde Avenue which made the pages of the Eastbourne Chronicle in March 1909.

Suburban splendour ... Glynde Avenue

Suburban splendour ... Glynde Avenue

An article in the newspaper describes the area as a Garden City and the author writes, “Yesterday marked a new and interesting stage in the residential development of Hampden Park, which already has become a popular suburb of Eastbourne, and whose prospects of expansion and growing attractiveness appear to be particular bright.”

It goes on, “The occasion was the opening of Glynde Avenue, a broad thoroughfare on that portion of the estate which the Eastbourne Artisans Labourers’ Dwelling Company have acquired from Mr F Freeman-Thomas MP, of Ratton, and which the company are laying out upon the principles of the modern Garden City.

“Altogether the company has purchased some nine acres of land and the Avenue now opened is most eligibly situated, both with regard to Hampden Park itself, and to the surrounding country of which it commands excellent views.

“Semi-detached villas are springing up on either side of the wide avenue, and alike in aspect, commodiousness, construction and fitting up these residents are among the most desirable and attractive that the company has erected.

The great and the good gather for a tree planting

The great and the good gather for a tree planting

“The villas stand well back in ample grounds and abundant intervals between the various blocks add to the sense of selectness and privacy which the fortunate tenants will enjoy.

“Owing to the advantageous terms on which the land was acquired, the company are able to let the property at rentals which, to use a mild term, are extremely reasonable and it is scarcely surprising to learn that the number of applications for houses far exceeds the supply.”

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