Friends of Hastings Cemetery

LONG, William. Confectioner at no.90 Norman Rd in 1880; a Crimean War veteran & local temperance evangelist; his son Harry had a shop at no.88, (photo below) & his granddaughter Edith at no.72.

When William died at 13 Warrior Gardens, his death certificate gives his occupation as a gate keeper.

Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 3rd February 1973

LONG FAMILY - Norman Road Business Run by Same Family for 92 Years

Miss Edna Annie Long, who died recently at the age of 84, was probably the oldest working newsagent in St. Leonards.  She had been in business in Norman Road for 73 years and was well known as a friendly local character to hundreds of people.

Her grandfather, William Long, a veteran of the Crimean War, opened a shop at 90 Norman Road in 1880 and was succeeded by his son Harry, who died in 1897.  ......

Because of the early death of her father, Miss long, from the age of nine, helped her mother in the business and eventually took over full-time.

......... The business remain open throughout the whole of her life, including the Second World War, and newspapers were delivered without a break over a wide area of St Leonards......She firmly refused to retire despite failing health and continued to work until the day of her death.

This concludes a family newspaper business covering 92 years in the same Road.

1891 Census - Living at 37 Western Rd

LONG   Harriet   Head   W   F   48   Dressmaker/Furrier(Notem)    London - St Clements

LONG   Ada Harriet   Dau    S   F   22   Dressmaker                      London - Golden Sq St Anns

LONG   Emily Annie   Dau   S   F   20   Dressmaker                      Kent - Blackheath

LONG   Sydney Herbert  Son   S   M   18   Confectioner(Notem)     Kent - Blackheath      

LONG   Albert Edward   Son   -   M   13   School Boy                    Surrey - Whallington

Living at 90 Norman Rd

LONG   Harry   Head   M   M   23   Tailor And Tobacconist(Em'er)    London - Golden Sq      

LONG   Annie   Wife   M   F   22                                                 Sussex - St Leonards      

LONG   Edith   Dau    S    F    2                                                  Sussex - St Leonards      

LONG   Harry   Son    S    M   4m                                                Sussex - St Leonards

William, Harry & Annie Long