Manuscript History of Hastings and St Leonards Vol 3

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Index to Contents of Volume Three 1840-49[edit]

This is a transcription of the index to Thomas Brandon Brett's Manuscript History of Hastings & St Leonards vol 3.[1]

Chapter Twenty Four: Hastings 1840 Page 231[edit]

Great fire in Breed's yard (pg. 232)
Rocklands cottage burnt down (pg. 232)
Rocklands, the abode of Canning, (with memoirs and statue of that statesman) (pg. 232)
Election of Planta; his residence at Fairlight (pg. 238)
Louis Napoleon at Hastings (pg. 232)
Political trial (Harman v. Planta) (pg. 233)
Harman re Morley (pg. 233)
Wingfield re Harman (pg. 233)
"Dover Chronicle” errant James Troup (libelous and scurrilous criticisms) (pg. 234)
Apology demanded and granted (pg. 235)
Municipal elections (pg. 235)
Shipbuilding and launching of vessels (pg. 236)
More smuggling, with heavy losses and fines (pg. 236)
The Condemned Hole as an ornamental enclosure (pg. 236)
The Commissioners and the Turnpike Trusts (pg. 236)
Burying ground at the Swan Lane(pg. 237)
Criticism on the Rev. F. Hazlewood, in connection with an organ fund (pg. 237)
Mr. Ross's life and death (pg. 232)
Mr. Bayley's bankruptcy
Reminiscences of the Town Halls of 1700 and 1824.

Chapter Twenty Five: St.Leonards 1841 Page 238[edit]

Mr. Troup and his houses (pg. 238)
Parish officials (pg. 238)
A breach in the boundary wall (pg. 238)
Norman Road and Lavatoria united (pg. 238)
Erection of Commissioners' office (pg. 238)
Agitation for open meetings (pg. 238)
Local support of the projected new road (pg. 238)
The Bexhill burglary and transportation of the gang (pg. 239)
Planta and Hollond benefiting the borough
Political travesty of facts
Municipal elections
The new Infirmary
Arrival of the steam carriage. Fatal accident to Joseph Mepham
The census
(Deaths in 1841). Interpolatory.

Chapter Twenty Six: Hastings 1841 Page 242[edit]

Planta and Hollond's rivalry; ditto canvassing, nomination and re-election (pg. 242)
Speeches at the hustings (pg. 242)
The new Parliament-Conservative majority of 96
Commentary on the addresses
The Lushington divorce case
Trial of Earl Waldegrave and Capt. Duff
Commissioners' meetings
Proposed consolidation of funds
Offers to give up front gardens at York Buildings
Town Council meeting
Resolution to make a road over the Government ground
A political sketch
Marriages, deaths, etc.

Chapter Twenty Seven: St.Leonards 1842 Page 252[edit]

The town and parish officers
Arrangements for the fire-engine
Melancholy drowning of a pleasure party
A fishing boat run down
Fatal coach accident
Other fatalities
Philanthropic movements
Amusements
Celebrating the visit of the Prince of Wales
Horticultural Society established
Progress of the Archery Society
A new venture in journalism,
First .coaches to meet the South-eastern Railway at Tunbridge Wells – Illness of Mr. Hollond
The political situation
Two Martello towers sold
Mismanagement of the London and Brighton Railway and absconding of two St.Leonards officials connected therewith.

Chapter Twenty Eight: Hastings 1842 Page 256[edit]

Progress of the Infirmary Commissioners' money difficulties
The Lamentations of Euthymas
Coaches meeting the railway at Tunbridge Wells
Regattas and tub races
The Afghan war (predictions and fulfilments)
Sussex Advertiser office burnt down
Disgraceful touting
Town Council denouncing the Home Secretary's appointment of magistrates
Marriage of Miss Shuttleworth
Deaths of influential inhabitants
Municipal elections – Other deaths in 1842
The turnpike gate nuisance
Mismanagement of the Hollington road; the clerk accused of misappropriation, and Mr. Tester, the contractor, unpaid
Petition trial for wholesale bribery at the Lewes Election and curious compromise; astounding admissions; Mr. Elphinstone’s expenses £6,000
The Battery at Marine Parade.

Chapter Twenty Nine: St.Leonards 1843 Page 265[edit]

The Commissioners' proceedings
Mr. Burton asked to open the Archery grounds and Subscription Gardens free to visitors
Remarks on foreshore defences both at St.Leonards and Hastings
Parochial officers
Bazaar at the St. Leonards Assembly Rooms and sermons at the churches resulting in £657 for the General Infirmary
The Queen off St.Leonards
A frozen sea
Troup's accusation against the Infirmary management (a stormy meeting and a crowded court)
Efforts to obtain railway accommodation and a day-mail
Renewal of touting
A terrific wind
The comet of 1843 first discovered by the writer of this History
The effects of cemetery visitations treated of
coaches first running to meet the railway at Staplehurst
Fatal coach accident
Oddfellows balls and ornate decorations
Festivities and successions of the Eversfield’s
Interpolatory Obituaries
Samuel Woodgate; J.L. Linney; Mr. Springett; Mr. Shoesmith; Mrs. Peters.

Chapter Thirty: Hastings 1843 Page 269[edit]

Mr. Brisco's grand procession as High Sheriff
The new prison question
Further proceedings against path obstructers
Disputation over Beach Terrace property and defiance to the Council
Completion of road across the Government ground (now Robertson Street)
The lighting of said road a knotty question
Opposition to the Income Tax and Factory Bill
Regatta and Flower shows
Converting the battery into an additional length of parade. Deaths in 1843.

Chapter Thirty One: St. Leonards 1844 Page 272[edit]

The Commissioners and their meetings
The Brighton and Hastings Railway to have a station at St. Leonards
Nuisances to be abated
Miscellaneous improvements
Management of fire-engine
More money difficulties
Parochial matters
Railway contention (the two towns in opposition)
Planta accepts the Chiltern Hundreds
Requisition to Mr. Brisco for M.P.
Independent conduct of a St. Leonards voter (an unpardonable sin in political economy, displeasing to partizans)
The trading vessels
The steam boat "Waterman” on the rocks
Wrecks of the "Kent and the Mary Ann"
Drowning of Capt. Granville Elliotts
A carrier fined £100
Deaths and life sketches of William Lucas-Shadwell, T.C. Bartram and Charles Deudney Golden Wedding of James Murdoch
Marriage of T.B. Brett
"General Tom Thumb" at St .Leonards
Deaths in 1844
Interpolatory obituaries (in 1883) of George Potter, Mrs. Beal (a centenarian), Mrs. Thomas (a nonagenarian), and Robert Deudney, J.P.
The St.Leonards Caves
Gilbert's tooth-drawing invention
Surgeon's patient turned doctor (a noteworthy incident).

Chapter Thirty Two: Hastings 1844 Page 275[edit]

Meeting at Hastings in support of the Tenterden, Rye, and Hastings railway, in opposition to the St.Leonards meeting, which favoured the BRIGHTON, Lewes and Hastings railway
Resignation of Sir Joseph Planta
Musgrave Brisco and Robert Ross Rowan Moore competing .candidates for the vacant seat
Nomination speeches
Election of Brisco, followed by a grand procession
The "Golden Roll" emended and annotated
Municipal elections
Mr. Moore again at Hastings, with Mr. Richard Cobden.

Chapter Thirty Three: St. Leonards Page 277[edit]

The front line buildings in 1845
Troup versus Ricardo
The faggoted road
Post-office returns
Meteorology of the year
A broken-winded church organ and resignation of the organist
Unfortunate disputations
The Commissioners in 1845
Parochial officers of St. Leonards and St. Mary Magdalen. Rev. J. Murray's efforts in providing a Christmas dinner for 250 children
The same gentleman assisting at the new Fairlight church
View of the old church
Terpsichorean festivities
The writer as a musician and dancing master
A surprise at the Oddfellows' ball
The two town bands uniting
The "Battle of Hastings” painting and all about it.

Chapter Thirty Four: Hastings 1845 Page 282[edit]

The Borough Members: their efforts for local benefits Petitions to shorten Sunday labour in the Post-office
Mr. Brisco's liberality and Liberal Conservatism
Municipal elections
Death and interment Alderman Duke; memoirs of his family;his burial place at Battle; view of his grave and that of the restored church
royal visits and notable events at Battle
[[Sir Godfrey Webster]'s movements at Hastings
Members of the old Hastings band and well merited eulogy on their ability
Numerous instances of longevity
Minor events of 1845.

Chapter Thirty Five: St. Leonards 1846 Page 285[edit]

The History of St.Leonards.
Commissioners and parochial officers
Rating the Brighton railway
Improving the West Marina road
New houses for Mr. Burton and Miss Dynely
The “Old England Bank" (with view)
The spring at White Rock
Preparing roads for dedication
Brighton railway opened in Bulverhythe and the event celebrated
Stage coaches ceased running and the same lamented in song
Railway accident near Pevensey
A rush from Shoreham
Oddfellows anniversary
Life sketch of Signora Berrurier
A new site for the National Schools
Orders to re-prepare 33 of the towers for defence
Lucrative supply of material when first built, by Hastings men.

Chapter Thirty Six: Hastings 1846 Page 288[edit]

Accidents on the ill-lighted road at the Priory
Removal of the ash yard for the south eastern railway
Looking back on old conditions
The Priory Farm (with view)
Fishermen's rope-shops destroyed by fire
The East Well (with ancient view of the spring)
£100 for a catch of mackerel on New Year's Day
Free trade and Protectionist meetings
Mr. Scriven's re-occupancy of the Swan Hotel
Death of Major General Sir Howard Elphinstone
The pretty race course
Musical novelties
The weather of 1846
Family litigation (Protestantism versus Romanism
Groynes and criticisms thereon
The year's fatalities
The game of curling at Beauport
Consecration of Fairlight Church (with view).

Chapter Thirty Seven: St. Leonards 1847 Page 292[edit]

Reminiscences evoked by the Queens Diamond Jubilee
New Commissioners
The old and new Bopeep inns
parish officers
The great snowstorms of 1847
The year's weather in general
The one-man choir at Hollington
The first houses at White Rock and its previous condition (with view)
Verulam Place and the Infirmary (with view)
The new National schools
Archery meetings
Railway accidents on the Brighton line and meetings to urge on the construction of the Ashford and Hastings line
Chancery suit, Eversfield v Troup
Interpolatory. Mrs. Hollond, Sir Joseph Planta.

Chapter Thirty Eight: Hastings 1847 Page 300[edit]

Death roll of 1846
Relief for the Irish
Daniel O'Connell at Hastings
Fairs and festivals
Borough Election
Carly and Harvey's election tricks
Memoirs of Carly and his family
Election of Hollond and Brisco
A gorgeous chairing
The "Blue Pill" election squib
Elphinstone’s resignation of Lewes
Hastings prosperous in 1847
Establishing a savings bank and a proprietary school
A new Town Hall mooted
The local, Bands of both towns
Also a popular nigger band
George Colbran, the veteran gaoler
Numerous sudden deaths
A gay wedding
Cooke's circus and Wombwell's menagerie side by side
Reminiscence of Cooke's establishment in 1823
Stage-coaches taken off
East Hill House and memoirs of its owners and occupiers from 1761 to 1888 (two pictorial sketches).

Chapter Thirty Nine: St. Leonards 1848 Page 305[edit]

Commissioners meetings
Sea Wall again damaged
Costly repairs and underpinning
Tenders for a new groyne
High tide and amusing incident
Hastings endeavouring to force St. Leonards under the Health of Town's Act
Names of fly-proprietors licenced under the new bylaws
The Magdalen parish officers and their transactions
Election of medical officer by the Board of Guardians, and a retrospect of the magnificent pay of parish surgeons in 1757, 1784 and 1834
A Fever Ward built for £350
Acrimonious rivalry of Cox, the crier, and Lettine the bill-sticker
Accidents and incidents (including serious hurt to "St. Leonardensis” the present writer)
Three days Flower show, in consequence of wet weather
Founding of Mechanics Institution
The Adelaide Lodge of Oddfellows
Over £40 and £51 after sermons by C.D. Bell and G. D. St. Quintin
Mr. Councillor Murton leaves St.Leonards and his business taken by Mr. (afterwards Councillor) Maggs
Mr. Hempstead (Mr. Murton's assistant) established a prosperous business at 14 Grand Parade
Mirage, meteors and other phenomena
Discovery of a mineral spring
French coast seen from Fairlight
view of Fairlight Mill
Description of objects seen by General Roy at Fairlight
namely, 67 churches, 5 castles, 1 abbey 2 promontories, 3 harbours, 3 bays, 2 towers, 13 market towns, 1 lighthouse, 16 barracks or camps, 6 signal stations and 3 military beacons
Additional towers and other objects since Gen. Roy's observations in 1787
Curious coincidences and fulfilled predictions
A remarkable storm
Meteorological musings
Extracts from a local diary (including "Invitations to Early rising", "Arithmetical Riddles" "The Mariners Grave", "On the death of two children", "Better days", "English Christmas Home" "Long Credit", “Ode to Music", etc.)
Heat and drought
Numerous deaths
The murder of a cook
The Hastings News on Poetry
Municipal elections
Mr. Ransom on Mechanics Institution.

Chapter Forty: Hastings 1848 Page 317[edit]

The new bye-laws for flys adopted
"Flys and flies"
Resumption of coach travelling
Snowstorm in April
Health of Towns Bill discussed
Practical application of Chartism declined by a chartist
Proposed new street
Cox the crier :his house and habits
Macadamising All Saints Street
Names and trades of the Commissioners "Donkey Riding"
Friction between Councillors and Commissioners
Warm discussion on a proposed District Prison Bill
Arrangements for bathing and boating. The East Well to be an ornamental fountain
An address to the Queen and Prince Albert
Various occurrences
Philip Kent's run down
Other maritime casualties
Plucky rescue by James Coppard
Immense catch of fish
Regatta and races
Rearing dinner at Mr. Lucas-Shadwell’s mansion
Popular entertainment by the local "Virginian Brothers"
Public performances of. Brett's St.Leonards Band and Wood and Elliott's Hastings Band
Hastings Mechanics' Institution Soiree
Opposition to the Income Tax
Archaeological Society at Hastings
Rev. Canon Bell and Isaac Todhunter at Hastings
Appointments of John Banks to Parkers School, Frederick Foster to Saunders, and Andrew Crawford to the Proprietary
Discovery of Iguanodon remains at the Gasworks
Numerous sudden deaths
on the Descent of the Castle, Rape and Honour of Hastings
Tenements in Hastings of the Abbey of Fecamp
Whitsuntide festivities
Lines on "Liberty"
1848 an important landmark of history
Original lines "Shout Out!”
The Chartist demonstration
Military defence of London
Extracts from a local diary – “Why doth oppression stalk the land”
Revolution in Paris
The Irish Rebellion
Interpolatory
Antiquarian relics
View of the ruins at Bulverhythe in 1808.

Chapter Forty One: St. Leonards 1849 Page 327[edit]

Mr. Catley's register of the extraordinary rainfall of the preceding year
The tabulated rest of St Leonardensis, and curious extracts from his diary
The birth of Mr. Burton's daughter in the year of her father's Mayoralty
The event forgotten 37 years later, when Mrs. Bradnam is presented with a silver cradle for giving birth to a child while her husband was Mayor, as "the only instance known to the Council during a mayor's term of office"
Twenty-one similar cases enumerated to dispel the illusion for Burton (the first Mayor elected from St. Leonards) during his official year; attends the annual Bachelor’s Ball; convenes a meeting for getting the County Leamstock Show at Hastings; corrects the Times paper concerning some brown lands; gives a dinner to the Corporation and Borough officials; suffers bereavement by his brother, Dr. Henry Burton; is elected President of the newly formed Mechanics Institution; is present at its first soiree when the town is 21 years old; is an invited guest at the London Lord Mayor's banquet; is chairman of the St.Leonards Commissioners; displays a generous spirit towards the towns improvement; and is highly complimented on retiring from office for his impartial conduct and valuable services
The drainage of the town the uppermost question
Parochial business of St.Leonards and St. Mary Magdalen
Wreck of the "Perseverance"
Dr. MacCabe' s letter concerning the port Campbell, with copy of a parody on the poet's "Address to the sea"
Lectures and concerts
The Liberals complain of Mr. Hollond not voting for Cobden's motion for Financial Reform
Mr. Hollond's reply
Sundry occurrences, including the death of Mrs. Hannah Beck, aged 98
Accidental fires
Meteorological phenomena
"A Ramble through St. Leonards"
The French ex-Royals at St.Leonards
Another royal exile
Obituary of the Queen Dowager
Antiquities.

Chapter Forty Two: Hastings 1849 Page 333[edit]

Resuscitation of the "Hastings News” and extracts from its sensibly written reader
23 Commissioners disqualified, one of them afterwards dying a centenarian
Erection of St. Andrew's railway arch on an altered plan
The Flimwell and Hastings Turnpike Bill
A passage of a re-improvement of the Marine parade
The absurdities of the Post-office lamp, and the "Ghost of the Old Commission" thereon
Mr. Wyatt, the path obstructionist unheeded
Resignation of Mr. Catley, the Town Surveyor
Mr. Gant recommended as successor, but Dungate Thwaites elected
A suggestion to raise the Surveyor's salary from £75 to £100, to ensure efficiency declared to be monstrous! Let it be £80
Gift of the Pelham Place parade by the Earl of Chichester
Experiment of gas-tar on the acquired parade declared to be a failure
Dedication of St Andrew's Terrace, Spring Terrace, Russell Street and Prospect Place
Mr. Lansdell offers £1,000 towards a parade in front of Breeds Place
Improving the outfall of the Bourne
Trouble with railway navvies, and rewards of 12 men for their assistance
Municipal elections
Board of Guardians meetings
Collisions and loss of vessels
Mackerel. caught on New Years Day
The "Fairy" on the rocks
Fishermen drowned
A lark at sea
Maritime bustle
Wreck of the “Lord Hill"
Raising a sunken vessel
The "Ariel" lifeboat
Refusals to be vaccinated
Magistrates not to be had, and a similar absence of presiding Alderman
Presentation to Mr. Harvey
Births, marriages and deaths
Numerous coroner's inquests
short obituaries of surgeon Ranger, Lieut. Hennah, Charles Coleman, Mrs. Glandfield, Mercy White, Hugh Penfold, Mrs. Mackay, Mr. Helland, Henry Everett and Mr. Cooke
Trial and execution of Mrs. Geering of Guestling, for poisoning her husband and two sons – Life sketch of the murderess
Accidents and fatalities on the railway works
Robberies by the navvies
Lectures and entertainments
Public improvements
Orthographical profundities
The last meetings and transactions of the Hastings Commissioners; their powers being absorbed by the Town Council, as the Local Board of Health.

Chapter Forty Two - Hastings and St. Leonards 1850[edit]

This section, although not explicitly indexed by Brett, appears at the end of Volume 3 and expands some of the items found at the beginning of Volume 4

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