Southern Water Storm Tunnel.

I was given exclusive access to the works when pushing a TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) under Hastings & St Leonards from the very start and took many pictures in the process. I was also asked to take video’s for the Emergency services, Fire & Ambulance (Police weren’t involved) whilst carrying out a simulated rescue from deep down … [Read more…]

HASTINGS STATION HISTORY.

Hastings Station History. The first train arrived at Hastings station in 1851 and with it began Hastings’ heyday. The station was originally V-shaped allowing the two railway companies to have separate platforms and booking areas: one side for SER trains to pass through and the other as a terminal for LBSCR services. The whole station … [Read more…]

THE NEW TOWN HALL.

THE NEW TOWN HALL The amended instructions to architects in connection with the new Town Hall have been issued.  The schedule of particulars provides that the facing of the external walls be built of local hard blue stone, with freestone dressings, and other stone may be used for ornamental work that the designer may think … [Read more…]

RAILWAY JACK.

Railway Jack.   In your newspaper insert I beg, Lines from a poor dog who has lost his leg. I wrote before in prose; this second time I’ll add some more particulars in rhyme. Not that my former narrative has failed. But a wag said t’was, like myself, cur tailed. My mother lived at Lewes … [Read more…]

RAILWAY FOR THE WEST HILL.

  RAILWAY FOR THE WEST HILL.   To the Editor of the Observer Sir, – Your valuable paper is the only medium through which we can make known our grievances. The residents of the West Hill were denied the privilege accorded by the Railway Company to the towns and villages 20 and 30 miles away, … [Read more…]

Humorous clips taken from local newspapers.

 PIECES OF HUMOUR FROM TIMES PAST STUMBLED ACROSS WHILST SEARCHING OTHER ITEMS.   POLICE INCIVILITY.   Sir,- Will you through the medium of your paper, kindly allow me to bring before the notice of your readers the following incident? On Monday evening last, about nine o’clock there was some disturbance caused by a number of young … [Read more…]

A VISITOR TO HASTINGS FROM THE CITY 1884

We took this word for word directly from a newspaper article. Nothing added or taken away just as printed!   A Visitor’s Impression of Hastings. In 1884. On a recent occasion we made up our mind to leave the roar, din, and bustle of city life, and take change. When a child, struggling how to … [Read more…]

HASTINGS MINIATURE TRAMS.

The west end of St Leonards was the location for a miniature tram circuit, but all was not well in the camp!   THE MINIATURE TRAMS ON THE SEAFRONT.   By the spring of 1951, most of the equipment at Barnet was ready for transporting to St Leonards Promenade, Hastings.  So Claude Lane and his … [Read more…]

LIFE ON HASTINGS 1882

LIFE ON HASTINGS AND THE QUEEN’S HOTEL. Article written in the ‘Life Magazine’ August 1882. The following, extracted from Life, may prove of interest with the exodus of Londoners from town, Hastings is coming for a large share of patronage. From its low and sheltered situation it affords favourable residence for those in search of … [Read more…]

PIGOT & Co HASTINGS, DIRECTORY FOR 1840.

Please be aware that this piece is very long, listing all trades in the towns of Hastings & St Leonards in the year 1840. Pigot & Co Directory 1840 for Sussex ~ Hastings & St Leonards HASTINGS HASTINGS is the chief of the cinque ports, a market town, and borough both corporate and parliamentary, having … [Read more…]