Panoramic map offers glimpse of seafront in the 1870s

Eastbourne Looking Back SUS-141217-104742001
Eastbourne Looking Back SUS-141217-104742001

Looking Back readers are being asked for their help to shed some light on an 1870s panoramic map of Eastbourne.

The map was commissioned by Mr A Jinman, a house agent in the fast developing new seaside resort in the 1800s.

As well as trying to find out more about the map and Mr Jinman, the Eastbourne Heritage Centre has also had a number of the maps reproduced and are selling them.

Nicholas Howell from the centre said, “An original copy of the lithographic panoramic map is on display at the Heritage Centre and the high quality reproductions are available unframed at £15, or ready framed in a contemporary style for £60, in the Heritage Centre shop.

“The centre would like to know more about Jinman who, it is believed, was commissioned by the 7th Duke of Devonshire to promote Eastbourne as an attractive seaside resort for people to move or retire to.

“An early photograph of a kiosk on Eastbourne Pier shows a sign with Jinman’s name on it as both a ‘bazaar’ and ‘house agent’.

The centre is open on Saturdays 10am-4pm and offers a range of gifts from the shop and on the website

Any readers able to offer any information on Mr A Jinman should contact the Heritage Centre by calling 411189 or email