Google+

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]

Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages Ecclesbourne Glen Coastguard Cottages

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

Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea

Marine Court in St Leonards on Sea was designed by Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen. Construction of it finished in 1938. The building was meant to echo the design of the White Star Line ship the Queen… [more]

Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea

Ghosts of Carlisle Parade

Carlisle Parade has remained relatively unchanged in the years since this military parade took place. The question here is what is the military parade for? The original photograph was in the Hastings Forum,… [more]

Ghosts of Carlisle Parade Ghosts of Carlisle Parade

London Monument

The Monument was opened in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London. It was designed through a collaboration between Sir Christopher Wren of St Paul's Cathedral Fame and Dr Robert Hooke, a renowned… [more]

London Monument London Monument

A View of Hastings from the West Hill

This view of Hastings from the West Hill shows Priory Valley in the foreground. To the left, out of shot is Hastings Castle and I am stood on the piece of ground named 'the Ladies Parlour'. The history… [more]

A View of Hastings from the West Hill A View of Hastings from the West Hill

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

St Leonards Bathing Pool

May 31, 2014

The St Leonards Bathing Pool, designed and built by Sid Little, was opened in May 1933. The pool space measured 100m by 27m with a 10m high diving board. Unsurprisingly, given the architect, the bathing pool was an entirely concrete structure and cost approximately £3.5m in today’s money to build. Upon opening it was very popular […]

Read the full article →

Anti Invasion Defences – Hastings Seafront

May 23, 2014

The above image shows part of the anti invasion defences put up along Hastings seafront during 1940* I can’t imagine how it would have felt to the residents of Hastings seeing these go up. German forces had conquered great swathes of Europe, and forced our army to evacuate at Dunkirk. That operation was successful in […]

Read the full article →

Ghosts of the Hastings Seafront Bandstand

May 16, 2014

The image above shows where the Hastings seafront bandstand used to be. There isn’t much information about it on the internet, but it was definitely there in 1902 and probably was a victim to Sidney Little’s renovation of the seafront. The area is part of what used to be White Rock Baths. Built in 1870 as […]

Read the full article →

Ghosts of the Bedford Arms Hotel, Hastings

May 9, 2014

When you wander around Hastings, and if you are looking you’ll notice a fair number buildings of building that seem at odds with the rest of the architecture. Some of these buildings are eyesores and others are just bland. Bland best describes the building that now is home to the Santander branch on Queens Road. […]

Read the full article →