We have just acquired an exclusive collection of ‘George Wood’ pictures, all dating from 1894. One of Hastings most famous photographers of the time. Some of these may have been duplicated on other pages, but we cannot go though all the pages and delete the doubles, those pictures were duplicates from the originals, but these here … [Read more…]


Fortune of War   In 1795 the government purchased 30 acres of land at Halton to build barracks for housing troops which were to be deployed defending the South East in respect of a possible invasion by Napoleon. These were occupied in 1804, and at that time this part of Priory Road was called Barrack … [Read more…]


A potted history of the Cinema De-Luxe, Hastings.   Located on the sea front in Hastings, East Sussex. The Empire Theatre of Varieties was opened on 2nd April 1899 with Marie Lloyd topping the bill. It was designed by noted theatre architect M. Ernest Runtz. The auditorium runs parallel behind the 131 feet wide façade. … [Read more…]

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. 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 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.   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.   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…]