Jethro Arscott (1926-1997)

Jethro Arscott.Alan Jethro Arscott – known throughout his life as Jethro Arscott – was born in Bexhill on 22 July 1926. His father (also called Jethro) was a baker and confectioner originally from Devon. A widely respected local figure, Arscott Snr was among the founders of Bexhill Hospital and had campaigned vehemently for its establishment. In time Arscott the younger would be just as well respected as his father, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of law.

As a Prizeman in his Law Society Finals, Mr Arscott’s gift for the law was obvious from his study days. His entire working life would be devoted to the practise of law and, although he would have made a big impact at any City firm, he decided to base himself in Bexhill, preferring the community atmosphere of his home town to the hustle and bustle of inner London. After completing his British Army national service, he joined Gaby Hardwicke and stayed with the firm throughout his working life, eventually becoming Senior Partner.

A tall, striking man, Jethro Arscott was extremely outgoing and sociable, mixing with people from all walks of life and every social sphere. Golf was one of his great passions and his interest in the sport dated back to his boyhood in the early 1930s, when stray balls from the old Bexhill Golf Course would regularly land in his back garden, giving him a ready supply to practise with.

 As president of Cooden Beach Golf Club (he succeeded the Earl de la Warr in that office), in the 1980s he published a book entitled History of the Cooden Beach Golf Club – the first 75 years. Later he complemented this with a book on the history of Bexhill Building Society, which he served as director and solicitor.

Among his other local duties Mr Arscott was president of the Royal British Legion’s Bexhill branch and, following in his father’s footsteps, a founder member, chairman and president of the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital. He served this charity with fierce loyalty until his death and a day-surgery unit at the hospital is named in his and his father’s honour.

Frankness, passion and commitment were Jethro Arscott’s hallmark traits and, coupled with his sociable nature, they made him a popular and highly esteemed man. His death from cancer on 14 January 1997 was a great loss to the local legal profession and the community at large.

Pictured above: Jethro Arscott (image courtesy of the 'Bexhill-on-Sea Observer').

Jethro Arscott's 70th birthday.Gaby Hardwicke staff assemble outside our Bexhill office for Jethro Arscott's 70th birthday in 1996.

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