SEAFORD: Old pictures feature in new history book

Clinton Place in days gone by
Clinton Place in days gone by

A SERIES of photographs have been used to show how Seaford has developed over the years in a book penned by an historian in the town.

Seaford Through Time is the second in the series of publications Kevin Gordon has written for Amberley Books and follows on from Eastbourne Through Time.

He said, “Several years ago I wrote a book called ‘Around Eastbourne’ with local historian Pat Berry.

“This book must have come to the attention of the publishers. Sadly, Pat died a few years ago so I agreed to write the two books.

“The history of Seaford is usually neglected by historians and you will often seek in vain for references to the town in county history books. This is a shame because the town is ancient and dates from Roman times.

“From the 13th century it was a Cinque Port and able to return two Members of Parliament.

“The town was also renowned because of its many schools and as a military base during the Great War.”

Kevin has strong community connections in the town, having volunteered at Seaford Museum when he moved to area more than 20 years ago and he has worked there ever since.

His interest in the town’s history continued to develop and he was able to spend time in the archives of the museum and gather a large amount of photographs of the town.

His latest book has more than 180 photographs showing Seaford from 100 years ago, with similar views over the last year. Kevin was also able to use pictures from Rosemary Holland’s Seaford postcard collection.

He added, “The photographs were taken during 2010 so there are views of Seaford in the spring, summer and a few with the town covered in snow.

“It was interesting and rather fun trying to stand in the same place where a photographer stood a century ago. Although every view has changed there are usually one or two reference points which connect the two views.”