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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle was first built by William the Conqueror, not from stone but of a wooden motte and bailey. Over the centuries various kings have improved and extended the fortifications making it the impressive… [more]

Windsor Castle Windsor Castle

Cloud Burst near Rye Harbour

Whilst vital to life and all that, rain is usually an inconvenience to a nice walk. Especially the drenching showers that have been moving across East Sussex over the last week or so. Take this cloud… [more]

Cloud Burst near Rye Harbour Cloud Burst near Rye Harbour

Fading Beauty?

From a distance Marine Court remains an impressive sight, a bright white beacon in the summer sun. Like most works of art, being viewed from afar is the best way to appreciate what the artist intended.… [more]

Fading Beauty? Fading Beauty?

Chartwell

Chartwell in Kent is best known as Winston Churchill's house. It has also been described as an example of 'Victorian architecture at its least attractive, a ponderous country mansion of tile-hung gables… [more]

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Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages

The image above shows the Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages and other tourist infrastructure that developed around them. The coastguard station itself closed in 1908, but occupation of the cottages… [more]

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Old St Helens Church, Hastings

Although I've lived in Hastings for all of my life, I didn't know that this place existed. Old St Helen's Church may have been built originally by King Offa in around 771. As with all ancient buildings… [more]

Old St Helens Church, Hastings Old St Helens Church, Hastings

Windsor Castle

August 23, 2014

Windsor Castle was first built by William the Conqueror, not from stone but of a wooden motte and bailey. Over the centuries various kings have improved and extended the fortifications making it the impressive building it is today. What struck me as I walked through was how clean the exterior looked. The Queen still uses […]

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Cloud Burst near Rye Harbour

August 18, 2014

Whilst vital to life and all that, rain is usually an inconvenience to a nice walk. Especially the drenching showers that have been moving across East Sussex over the last week or so. Take this cloud burst near Rye Harbour. It was just passing as I pulled up in the car park. Soaking wet walkers were coming back to […]

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Fading Beauty?

August 10, 2014

From a distance Marine Court remains an impressive sight, a bright white beacon in the summer sun. Like most works of art, being viewed from afar is the best way to appreciate what the artist intended. Up close it’s a different story and Marine Court appears to be a fading beauty. It cannot easy for the owners […]

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Chartwell

August 3, 2014

Chartwell in Kent is best known as Winston Churchill’s house. It has also been described as an example of ‘Victorian architecture at its least attractive, a ponderous country mansion of tile-hung gables and poky oriel windows’. It was described as such in 1992 by the National Trust who now own and manage the property. The National Trust website now says Chartwell is “the […]

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King George V at West Marina 1918

July 12, 2014

The image above shows King George V at West Marina Gardens when he visited on 30th August 1918. He was reviewing Royal Air Force Cadets who were stationed at Bexhill, St Leonards and Hastings. After arriving by train at the West Marina station, the King was treated to a full parade in Filsham Valley, before moving […]

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Hastings Lifeboat on Robertson Street

July 6, 2014

This image shows the Hastings Lifeboat, Charles Arkcoll II, being moved through Robertson Street to BoPeep for launch on 25th April 1908. It would have been quicker to pull the lifeboat than row it against a strong westerly gale. There are several photographs of this launch on the internet such as this one and this one. The […]

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Ghosts of Hastings Town Centre

June 28, 2014

This image shows two formidable looking ladies crossing Hastings town centre. A typical urban scene, apart from the military vehicles they are passing. This is Hastings during the early period of the second World War. A town subject to aerial attacks and the threat of invasion. The strange looking car is a Standard Beaverette, named after Lord […]

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Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages

June 22, 2014

The image above shows the Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages and other tourist infrastructure that developed around them. The coastguard station itself closed in 1908, but occupation of the cottages continued until 1950. The station began as an anti smuggling watch house and 1818, as the small valley where the Ecclesbourne stream meets the sea was a […]

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The Swan Hotel, Hastings

June 13, 2014

At 1pm on Sunday the 23rd May 1943 10 Focke-Wulf 190′s dropped 25 bombs and machine gunned the town. The Swan Hotel was one of five public houses and two hotels hit by the bombs. The hotel was packed with people having lunch when the bomb hit. It caused several deaths and injuries. Among the […]

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Tram Tracks in Mount Pleasant Road

June 8, 2014

This image shows the tram tracks being laid along Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings in about 1905. Proposals for a tram system were first proposed as early as 1891 but there was stiff resistance to the enterprise by town councillors. They thought it would ruin the town. The proposal would not go away though. Over the next 10 […]

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