New book will show off historic gems

Edward Dickinson and Nicholas Howell
Edward Dickinson and Nicholas Howell

The finishing touches are being put to a book highlighting Eastbourne’s diverse architectural gems.

Eastbourne In Detail will be published later this year and features 20 different chapters, hundreds of photographs and a history of some of the town’s more unusual pieces of architecture.

From the unusual gargoyle in Eastbourne Railway Station to stunning glass and brickwork at the All Souls Byzantine church in Susans Road, the hardback book has almost 20 chapters treating the architecture by subject.

The book is the brainchild of publisher Edward Dickinson after his architect daughter published a book on Salisbury’s architectural landmarks.

He has been helped by Eastbourne architect Richard Crook, Nicholas Howell from the Heritage Centre in Carlisle Road, the Compton Estate and other people interested in history and architecture.

Mr Dickinson, of Bolsover Road, said, “The book showcases Eastbourne to all who are interested in the town whether residents visitors or admirers of this outstanding resort. It’s of huge benefit to the town and of benefit to the Heritage Centre.

“Five or six people were involved in taking the photographs and each photo in the book will have some notes with it so people can identify as to where it is. Many hundreds of photographs have been taken, considered and carefully selected to provide fascinating illustrations. We expect to have around 300 photos by the time it is published.”

An exhibition on the book is on now at the Heritage Centre in Carlisle Road until April 25.

In addition, an event will be held on Wednesday April 15 between 5-7pm for sponsors of the book and potential sponsors. On Wednesday April 22 and the following week on Wednesday April 29, Eastbourne Society members and anyone interested in the architectural history of the town is invited to a presentation on the book. Seats need to be booked in advance and entry is free with refreshments available.

Mr Dickinson, who has lived in Eastbourne for 18 years, said he hoped the book would spark interest among young and old. “It will be a fascinating record of the architecture and some of the unusual landmarks of this lovely town,” he said.