By Tim Lambert

Early Eastbourne

5th Century The Saxons invade Sussex

1232 Eastbourne is granted the right to hold markets and fairs. The village becomes a little town.

1600 Eastbourne is a very small town and has a population of less than 1,000

1780 The children of George III stay at Eastbourne. Afterwards Eastbourne grows into a small seaside resort.

1804 Wish Tower is built

1849 The railway reaches Eastbourne making it easier for visitors to reach the town. Soon its population booms.

1851 Eastbourne has a population of less than 3,500. Eastbourne gains gas light and a water company is formed.

1863 A dispensary opens where the poor can obtain free medicines

1871 Eastbourne has a population of over 10,000

1872 A pier opens in Eastbourne

1874 Devonshire Park Theatre opens

1883 Eastbourne Town Hall is built

1884 Devonshire Park Theatre opens

Modern Eastbourne

1901 Hampden Park opens. The population of Eastbourne is almost 43,000.

1904 Eastbourne Technical Institute is built

1905 The Italian Gardens open

1924 Towner Art Gallery opens

1930 The Workhouse Infirmary becomes St Mary's Hospital

1937 A Lifeboat Museum opens

1951 The population of Eastbourne reaches 57,000

Second World War Bombs kills 174 people in Eastbourne

1963 Congress Theatre is built

1976 Redoubt Military Museum opens

1980 The Arndale Centre opens

1983 A Local History Museum opens in Eastbourne

2009 Towner Art Gallery opens. The population of Eastbourne is 94,000.

2014 The pier is severely damaged by a fire

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