Friends of Hastings Cemetery
George Archibald Thorpe Mayor of Hastings 1874-
Was born in 1825 at Battle where his father was a boot and shoe manufacturer.
He came to live in Hastings in 1845 and opened a boot and shoe business at 21 & 22 George Street and he later opened branches at 28 &29 Robertson Street and 17 Grand Parade St Leonards. The Robertson Street shop became Thorpe and Hall in 1890 and then just Halls.
In 1868 he was first elected to Hastings Council.
His son, Arthur Davis Thorpe, was also Mayor of Hastings.
The 1881 Census has this household in London Road, Ore:
George Thorpe. Head. Married. Aged 55. Retired Boot Maker. Born Battle.
Emma Thorpe. Wife. Married. Aged 51. Born Balls Pond, Middlesex.
Harold Thorpe. Son. Unmarried. Aged 21. Master Coach Builder. Born Hastings.
Katherine F Thorpe. Daughter. Aged 18. Scholar. Born Hastings.
Arthur Thorpe. Son. Aged 17. Articled Solicitors Clerk. Born Hastings.
John H Thorpe. Son. Aged 9. Scholar. Born Hastings.
Amy M Thorpe. Daughter. Aged 8. Scholar. Born Hastings.
Laura P White. Boarder. Unmarried. Aged 30. Governess. Born London.
Florence Hall. Servant. Unmarried. Aged 18. Housemaid. Born Hastings.
Elkana Smith. Servant. Aged 14. Housemaid. Born London.
There were three more children:
Francis Homan THORPE, b. 1859, Hastings
Percy Herne THORPE, b. 8 Apr 1865, Hastings
Emma Mary THORPE, b. 17 May 1868, Hastings
Thorpe held the lease for the White Rock Baths and presented this competition trophy.