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Eastbourne is a town and seaside resort in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19 miles (31 km) east of Brighton and 54 miles (87 km) south of London. Eastbourne is immediately to the east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and part of the larger Eastbourne Downland Estate.

The seafront consists largely of Victorian hotels, a pier, a state-of-the-art theatre, a contemporary art gallery, and a Napoleonic era fort and military museum. Eastbourne was developed at the direction of the Duke of Devonshire from 1859 from four separate hamlets. Eastbourne boasts a newly-modernized town center, consisting of a large shopping center, ‘The Beacon’, and an extensive high street. It has a growing population, a broad economic base, and is home to companies in a wide range of industries.

Though Eastbourne is a relatively new town, there is evidence of human occupation in the area from the Stone Age. The town grew as a fashionable tourist resort largely thanks to prominent landowner, William Cavendish, later to become the Duke of Devonshire. Cavendish appointed architect Henry Currey to design a street plan for the town, but not before sending him to Europe to draw inspiration. The resulting mix of architecture is typically Victorian and remains a key feature of Eastbourne.

As a seaside resort, Eastbourne derives a large and increasing income from tourism, with revenue from traditional seaside attractions augmented by conferences, public events, and cultural sightseeing. The other main industries in Eastbourne include trade and retail, healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, professional scientific, and the technical sector.

Eastbourne’s population is growing; between 2001 and 2011 it increased from 89,800 to 99,412. The 2011 census shows that the average age of residents has decreased as the town has attracted students, families, and those commuting to London and Brighton. In June 2019, the population of Eastbourne was estimated to be 104,042. Wikipedia

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  1. Don't Lose Hope
    Oct 29, 2021 @ 21:06:12

    I used to live about 20 miles form here when I lived in the Uk ….

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    • Mohenjo
      Oct 30, 2021 @ 21:30:11

      Wow! It seems to be a great town. There is a lot to see, beaches, cliffs, etc…

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      • Don't Lose Hope
        Oct 30, 2021 @ 21:34:28

        Yes, beautiful white cliffs. You can see France from the cliffs on a very clear day.

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