Littledene Plaque Unveiled - July 2004

FORMER Mayor Olive Woodall has unveiled a blue plaque commemorating an Eastbourne author.

The plaque, at 14 Denton Road, is in memory of historical novelist Jeffrey Farnol (1878-1952). Members of the Jeffrey Farnol Appreciation Society came from all over the world to witness the unveiling, along with Dr and Mrs Nick Avery, who now own the Meads house Mr Farnol lived in with second wife Phyllis and daughter Charmian Jane until his death in 1952, and Geoffrey Mantle, representing the Eastbourne Society.
The group then moved on to Wilmington where a refurbished stone seat, erected and inscribed in his memory, will be unveiled.
The Farnolites, with Farnol's daughter, put up funds for both memorials, with the support of the Eastbourne Society at Denton Road and the Eastbourne Local History Society and the Long Man District Council at Wilmington.
Jeffrey Farnol's books were tales of adventure and the open road set in the Regency period. The Broad Highway in 1910 and the Amateur Gentleman (1913) were immensely popular and show a debt to George Borrow and Stanley John Weyman.

05 July 2004

 

Many thanks to Peter Lindsey of of Eastbourne Today for permission to archive this article and photograph here.

There is another picture of the unveiling at the end of Jeffery Farnol - Author & War Corrrespondent 1878 - 1952 by Michael Partridge -


 









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