Despite being a little town on the south coast of England, Seaford is full of history. Whether it comes in the form of landmarks like no. 74 Martello Tower, memorials or in this case houses, there is no doubt about it that this equally stunning and historical town can provide an insight into the everyday of life in the past.
Marine Terrace is one of the most historically accessible houses in the town. As a grade II Listed Georgian town house forming one of only four in Seaford the house has many stories to tell. When my family acquired this house in February 2006 we had little knowledge of the backstory apart from that it was originally a beach house. However with careful research we began to unfold a remarkable story.
The terrace, was a staple of the Georgian house in still intact and residents have tried hard to keep it still standing despite the many problems it has faced when 2004 part of the terrace fell off due to heavy winds and rain, much like the Great Storm of 1875 in which most of the recorded pictures came from.
Other exterior points of interest is the pillars and window, although being about to see that there is no considerable difference between the two pictures, the pillar have had to be thickened after the 2004 terrace fall. However despite the weather with the south facing building the windows have never been broken or damaged.
Through the years the house has been added to and so when we came to buy the house in 2006 we also gained ownership of the outer house in the garden. Previously used as an antique shop this rundown building was the remodeled into a fully Functioning dance studio in aid to help my mother’s dance school. However this is the only part of the house that has changed, since we decided to preserve as best as we could a huge part of Seaford history.
Although despite the exterior being fascinating, another point of interest would be the past stories of people that lived there. When researching it came to my attention that before the Great Storm of 1875 when residents from the house were relocated to Pelham Place, the house itself houses a great Victorian poet and novelist: George Meredith. Taking a prolonged stay in 1856, the critically acclaimed writer then wrote at the address, his piece entitled Farina.
Another huge interest to me was a Mr Edward Godden. That lived there in 1859, as a gentleman and a noble resident of Seaford, I came across Godden when I found him on an electorate role from 1836. This is a huge piece of history as the Great Reform of 1832 made it very hard for even men to vote in elections.
The house is full of this rich historical context that I’m so proud to be a p
art of, to have such a strong connection with the raw side of everyday life is fascinating and truly stunning. Although only being used as dance studio I feel like the history is still living and everyday I’m helping create a history that later can be recalled and marvelled at.