died from the effects of a cold brought on while engaged in works of benevolence. Her age was 50 years, and her remains were interred at the Borough Cemetery, where also were buried those of two sisters, named respectivly, Margaret Anne, who died on Nov. 30th, 1869, aged 60; and Henrietta Mary, who died, Oct. 9th, 1876, aged 61[Notes 1]. The father, Chas. Lutwidge, Esq., also died at the same residence in 1848, at the age of eighty years.
Death of Mr. Payne - The death of Mr. William Payne, sen. occurred at the Railway Terminus Inn (now the Bopeep Hotel) two days before the commencement of 1857. He had been a wheelwright and the keeper of the old wayside inn known for probably a century as the New England Bank, where a small fair was annually held, and which house was greatly frequented when the Martello Towers were built, also by soldiers at the Bulverhithe Barracks (which at one time were burnt down), as well as on occasions of the annual races (first on Bulverhithe Salts, and afterwards in the Filsham Valley). The old public-house had to make way for the Bopeep (now West-Marina) Station of the L.B.& S.C. Railway, and Mr. Payne having received compensation built the more convenient house just eastward of the railway station that was to be. No more respected man among my acquaintance was there than the said Mr. Payne. He was essentially a St. Leonards man, and was for sever years a thoroughly trusted assistant overseer. Mr. Payne's widow died four months later - April 9th.
Death of Mrs. Mather. The death of this lady - Sarah, the widow of Thomas Mather - took place at her residence, 65 Eversfield place on New-year's Eve, in her 92nd year. The house, I believe was her own and built in 1852 or '3. She had previously owned and occupied 5 Maze-hill from before 1839, until she removed to her new abode. Mrs. Mather was highly connected, and either herself or her daughter, Mrs. Taylor was nurse to some of the Royal children. When, in 1878, the lamented Princess Alice visited Hastings and St. Leonards, her Royal Highness called on Mrs. Taylor to be her companion during her visit. It is described in Brett's Jubilee Memento of Our Queen, as are also three other royal visits to Mrs. Taylor thus:-
|July 24, 1878
|Our much-loved Princess ALICE, whose sad fate
Two nations mourned, in Eighteen-sev'nty-eight
Both Hastings ud St. Leonards came to grace,
Five mouths before her mournful death took place,
'Twas Mrs. TAYLOR who did then reside
At Ev'rsfield place, where came Grand Hesee's bride
Who rode around these towns, both old and new,
And also walked the pier, the same to view.
|The Princess Frederica — now a bride — |
Appears again at Mrs. Taylor’s side;
The Baron, too, with his much-prized amour,
Is also here, while on the wedding tour.
|Oct. 11, 1879
|The Princess FREDERICA this day came,
To visit a St Leonards worthy dame;
E'en Mrs. TAYLOR, at her residence,
Who, with her royal visitor went thence,
The latter's father’s residence to trace
In days gone by—that is to say, Breeds Place.
|Oct. 24, 1862
|October twenty-fourth, in ‘Sixty-two|
"Tis not n secret I confide to you—
Was when the Princess MARY ADELAIDE
To Mrs. TAYLOR at St. Leonards paid
A friendly visit, o’er some parts to roam,
And meanwhile calling at the Ladies’ Home.
One deems it not out of place to add that the unique Jubilee Memento from which the above lines are extracted may still be purchased at 66 Norman Road, at the original price of one penny. It contains 30 engravings and rhymed accounts of over 50 royal visits to Hastings and St. Leonards.
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