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1882: Day trip to Hastings for Cuckfield Holy Trinity Church Choir

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 25 July 1882

Through the kind hospitality of the Vicar of Cuckfield, the adult members of the choir of Holy Trinity Church had their annual outing on Wednesday last.

The party, accompanied by the Vicar (Rev. F. J. Mount) and the Rev. B. Fisher (assistant curate), started from the Talbot Hotel in a waggonette and two flys at 7.25 am, and left Haywards Heath Station by the 7:45 train, arriving at Bo-peep (Hastings) about 9.30. Here they alighted, and proceeded along the Parade visiting Christ and St. Paul’s Churches (the latter is noted for the beautiful marbles used for its interior decorations), and other parts of the town until 12.30 when they partook of luncheon at the Castle Hotel.

After refreshing the inner man, they inspected the Castle ruins, St. Clement’s caves, St. Clements and All Saints’ churches, Ecclesbourne Glen, Boat-house, Baths, Pier, New Theatre, and Cricket field, adjourning again to the Castle Hotel at 5.30, where they found substantial dinner, consisting of five courses and wines, awaiting them.

Ecclesbourne Glen waterfall

Having done full justice to these good things, they left Hastings by the 7.25 train, arriving home soon after o clock. No speeches were made, but one and all expressed their thanks to the Vicar for his great kindness. The weather throughout the day was beautifully fine, which greatly added to the enjoyment.



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