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Identification Of Buildings And Bicycle Track Requested

posted by LORNE SHIELDS on 24 Feb 2011 at 3:23 pm

Greetings. Might someone be able to help me please? I live in Canada so going to a local archive is impossible. I have 5 early Cycle Track racing photos from Bexhill-on-Sea taken circa 1900. The photographer is E. R. HAWKINS. I am wondering if anyone is able to identify the track, event or buildings for me. I can send a link with images. Thanks kindly for any courtesies. Yours truly, Lorne Shields, Thornhill, Ontario Canada.

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posted by Jude on 25 Feb 2011 at 9:10 pm

Hi Lorne,
Can you put the link on here? I'm sure someone will be able to recognise some of the buildings for you.


posted by Lorne Shields on 28 Feb 2011 at 12:18 am

Greetngs Jude. Here are two links. I have 5 photos in total. Hopefully someone can help. Thanks for the direction. Best regards from a chilly Canada. Lorne Shields




posted by Jude on 01 Mar 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi Lorne,
The large building in the distance in BexhillA.jpg looks like the Metropolitan Convalescent Home which was at the top of Sea Road (the building is no longer there). There's a postcard of it for sale on e-bay if you want to compare.
There's a whole load of information about the Bexhill Bicycle Boulevard here: http://www.classiccyclegroup.co.uk/html/body_history.htm


posted by LORNE SHIELDS on 02 Mar 2011 at 3:19 am

Hello Jude,

Thanks for this information. It is great! I enjoyed looking at the classiccyclegroup site as well. IF ANYONE HAS ANY FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE DO POST THAT INFORMATION. Kind regards. Lorne

Grass Track

posted by Elwood on 06 Apr 2011 at 11:11 pm

Any news on this? I'm fascinated that such a popular grass track event was held. It must be a substantial open space.


posted by LORNE SHIELDS on 10 Apr 2011 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for your interst in my photos. Mr. Julian Porter of the Bexhill Museum was kind enough to share the following information: These images are of the Grand Cycling Tournament which was held on the 8th Earl De La Warr?s Manor House grounds on the Bank Holiday of August 2nd 1897. I hope this helps. Kind regards - Lorne

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