legend has it that in ancient times the Bonifaces were involved in
the lucrative business of smuggling, punishable by death at that time.
The Lamb Inn had connections with the smuggling industry and has underground
tunnels, relic of the time when smugglers once connected this famous
hostelry with the old Parsonage attached to St.Mary's Church next
door. The passages are still there but have collapsed in places.
Inn, built 1180
It was the sea that claimed the life of Old Tom and Elizabeth's third
oldest son, William. During WWI while on leave from the Royal Navy, (he
was a Chief Petty Officer), he and a friend were in an open boat on the
English Channel and they were caught in a storm. A destroyer responded
to their distress rockets, and his friend jumped to the safety of the
destroyer, but when Will attempted to jump a huge wave jammed the two
vessels together, crushing poor Will and his body was never found. The
night before, his mother Elizabeth had a dream. She dreamt of a horseman,
riding up from the depths of the sea, onto the beach at Eastbourne and
saying, "Will Bonny, where's Will Bonny? I'm looking for Will Bonny!"
Boniface Pleasure Boats, over a century ago...
Allchorn Boats, in the 1990's...