(17) Margaret Scrivens Memorial Wall, London Road

Margaret Scrivens Memorial Wall, London Road. Photo by Paul Wright, August 2013

Margaret Scrivens Memorial Wall, London Road. Photo by Paul Wright, August 2013.

An unusual memorial can be found in the wall that runs alongside the former Malet Memorial Hall (Trail location #18) on London Road. At the top on one of the stone posts is an inscription which reads: This wall has been given by Ann Scrivens, in remembrance of her sister Margaret Ann Scrivens who devoted so much of her work to help the mothers of this neighbourhood & Sidley. Oct 1913. Margaret Scrivens was born in 1851, the second of three daughters of Samuel Scrivens. Her father had been a major landowner in Bexhill; Ann Scrivens was her younger sister. Margaret Scrivens was an active Church worker and district visitor for over 30 years. She was also involved in the local Girls’ Friendly Society and the Mothers’ Meeting. In 1885 a local branch of the Primrose League, an organisation for spreading Conservative principles in Great Britain, was established in Bexhill and Margaret Scrivens became a significant life-long member. She died in 1909. Her obituary in the Bexhill Observer records that in all local matters she took an interest, and was anxious to see the prosperity and advancement of the town.

Plaque on Margaret Scrivens Memorial Wall, London Road. Photo by Paul Wright, August 2013.

Plaque on Margaret Scrivens Memorial Wall, London Road. Photo by Paul Wright, August 2013.

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