Visiting 101-119 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England: Ornate Row of Properties Dating From Circa 1900
A quiet elegance from more than a century ago
This range of properties in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, has been listed as a set of heritage buildings since 1974 (1).
Dating from circa 1900, they seem to epitomize a confident — even flamboyant — late Victorian / Edwardian styling, in a town which had grown enormously as a resort in the 19th century.
Among the most prominent features of these ten houses are the ten protruding gables, each containing an attic window.
Another feature is their tile hung facing at the South Street elevation. This, together with the decorated frieze on the bay windows between the second and third storeys, gives the whole frontage a rather ornate appearance.
This range of properties is situated in the Meads district of Eastbourne, not far from the Town Hall; it is a district which contains many mature properties, of a similar age to 101-119 South Street.
The street level at this range of buildings contains many storefronts; and some of these business are indicative that this has become a fairly sought after address. (One may imagine that originally the range of properties might have been classified more as inherently of an 'artisan' character, within what was then a much more rarefied British social system.)
June 25, 2019
(1) See also: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1353125 NB: The architect of this range of properties is not recorded.
Also worth seeing
In Eastbourne itself, notable sights include: Beachy Head and lighthouse, which lie within the town's limits; the Pier, the Promenade, the Martello Wish Tower, and the Redoubt Fortress attract many summer visitors; the Town Hallis architecturally distinguished; Sovereign Harbour is reputed to be Europe's largest marina; there are many fine examples of ecclesiastical architecture.
At Pevensey (distance: 6.6 kilometres), the castle is partly Roman and partly Norman in origin.
How to get there: United Airlines flies from New York - Newark to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. (Distance from London Heathrow to Eastbourne : 146 kilometres.) For access by road, take M25/M23/A23/A27. There are rail links to Eastbourne from London Victoria railroad station. Some facilities may be withdrawn without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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