32 Facts About Eastbourne


Eastbourne is a town and seaside resort in East Sussex, on the south coast of England, 19 miles east of Brighton and 54 miles south of London.

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Eastbourne is immediately east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and part of the larger Eastbourne Downland Estate.

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The other main industries in Eastbourne include trade and retail, healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, professional scientific and the technical sector.

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Eastbourne has Cornish connections, most notably visible in the Cornish high cross in the churchyard of St Mary's Church which was brought from an unspecified location in Cornwall.

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Eastbourne's views were of considerable benefit to the south coast and, in due course, Eastbourne became known as "the Empress of Watering Places".

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In 1926, the Eastbourne Corporation Act enabled the creation of the Eastbourne Downland Estate.

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Eastbourne was struck off for four years but resumed his practice in Eastbourne in 1961.

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The local climate is notable for its high sunshine levels, at least relative to much of the rest of England – Eastbourne holds the record for the highest recorded amount of sunshine in a month, 383.

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Parliament Constituency of Eastbourne has always covered a greater area than the borough's nine wards, but due to population growth in the town, it has lost territory over time.

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Eastbourne is a marginal seat currently represented by the Conservatives but with recent representation by the Liberal Democrats.

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Eastbourne has residents from a diverse range of international backgrounds, including notable groups of people from recent Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Turkish, Italian and Greek origin.

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Unemployment in Eastbourne was below the national average in 2013 figures, at 4.

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Eastbourne is home to companies in a wide range of industries.

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In 2008, Eastbourne was judged to have low productivity, in a national assessment by the National Audit Office.

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The majority of Eastbourne's total employment is offered by small private businesses, though Eastbourne District General Hospital is a significant public sector employer.

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The Eastbourne Corporation purchased the undertaking on 1 January 1900 and the original Electricity Works was closed down in July 1902.

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Eastbourne has three council-owned theatres: the Grade II* listed Congress Theatre, the Grade II listed Devonshire Park Theatre and the Grade II listed Winter Garden.

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Eastbourne has a local weekly tabloid newspaper, which is published every Friday, called The Eastbourne Herald .

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Eastbourne is served by Eastbourne Scoop, a weekly online-only media publication.

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Elderly female residents of Eastbourne were the inspiration for the song "Eastbourne Ladies" by English singer Kevin Coyne, which appeared on his 1973 album Marjory Razorblade.

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Eastbourne has numerous parks and gardens, although there are several smaller open spaces including Upperton Gardens, the Carpet Gardens and the Western Lawns.

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The first public park in Eastbourne was Hampden Park, originally owned by Lord Willingdon and opened on 12 August 1902.

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Eastbourne has three senior football clubs: Eastbourne Borough F C play in the Conference South.

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Eastbourne Eagles are a speedway club located at Arlington Stadium, just outside the town.

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Eastbourne hosted a triathlon in 2016 and 2017, which attracted professional triathletes such as Ben Allen, Jacqui Slack, Lawrence Fanous and 2012 Biathle world champion Richard Stannard in addition to the hundreds of amateurs taking part.

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Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club, on the seafront towards the eastern end, organises dinghy sailing for its members and visitors from Easter to Boxing Day and usually holds a National Championship Series for a popular UK class in the summer months.

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Eastbourne Downs include Beachy Head cliff, to the west of the town, a famous beauty spot and an infamous suicide spot.

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Eastbourne Pier was built between 1866 and 1872 at the junction of Grand and Marine Parades.

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Eastbourne has 6 state secondary schools, 17 state primary schools, 1 primary special school and 2 secondary special schools.

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Eastbourne is connected by road to London by the A22, and to Brighton and Hove and Hastings by the nearby A27.

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Eastbourne Buses had been formed in 1903 by the County Borough of Eastbourne, who were the first local authority in the world authorised to run motor buses.

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Several bands have formed in Eastbourne, including: Toploader, Easyworld, the Divided, ROAM and Mobiles.

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