Building of the Month – The Eardley

Eardley House.

In 1881 Jane Butler who had previously run a school in Selden Terrace, established a boarding house at 3 Marine Parade.

She named her business Eardley House Boarding Establishment and by 1893 it had expanded into 4 & 5 Marine parade having 36 bedrooms.

In the 1891 census Sarah Morgan a friend of Miss Butler was shown as living there, but by 1901 they were both residing at 6 Ambrose place together with Jessie Marsh, a young servant.

The 1911 census revealed that Miss Butler was living at the Eardley but there was no sign of Miss Morgan, although she is known to have died at Worthing in 1920.

Miss Butler remained at Eardley House until her retirement in 1930. She died at the age of 90 in September 1936.

During the Second World War the 4th Armoured Brigade set up its headquarters in the building prior to D Day with troops billeted around Steyne Gardens.

The Eardley Hotel, as it became known was featured in the BBC comedy Men Behaving Badly, having been renamed for comic purposes, the Groyne Hotel.

The Hotel closed in 1988 and served as a training centre before being demolished in 2008.  A new block of flats retaining the title “Eardley” was constructed on the site by Roffey Homes.

David Pateman

Worthing Society

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