Friends of Hastings Cemetery
In Loving Memory
For over 50 years devoted
wife and companion of William Meads,
of “The Gables”, St. Leonards-
And of William Meads who died on his 84th birthday
A pioneer of Bexhill on Sea an Ex Councillor of the Borough of Hastings
The monument features a mounting angel with an extinguish torch.
Born in Henley-
In the 1881 census he is listed in St Leonards as a lodging house keeper, with Harriet and two children, Grace and William.
In 1891 he is listed at 43 West Hill, and is a dentist.
MEADS William Head M M 36 Dentist(Em'er) Oxfordshire -
MEADS Harriett Wife M F 41 Lincolnshire -
MEADS Grace M C Dau -
MEADS William E Son -
MEADS Helena A Dau -
MEADS Frederic E K Son -
CADD Edith Servnt S F 28 Lady's Maid Frieston Heath Lincs.
BUSS Emily J Servnt S F 20 Housemaid Sussex -
HUME Jessie A Servnt S F 17 Kitchenmaid Scotland
William built the Wilton Court Hotel at Bexhill, and later the residential flats adjoining. Before his death he became a member of the Hotels' Association and addressed one of their meetings on the importance of maintaining progressive policy.
He returned to St. Leonards in 1908. For many years he had a surgery at 1, Pevensey-
Over the years William wrote many letters to the Observer, often in the interests of St Leonards, sometimes arousing contention. In 1922 he and his wife took part in the “Hastings Flitch” (based on the Dunmow Flitch.) However the Flitch was won by their opponents, Mr & Mrs. Weller. The Meads received a smoked ham. (The Hastings Flitch, staged members of the Hastings Players (from one of many Observer references) suggests the the Meads participated in amateur dramatics: Another comment -