HASTINGS IN OLD PICTURES 7.

APART FROM OTHER PICTURES, WE ARE GOING TO START WITH  A SERIES OF PICTURES DEPICTING ‘HASTINGS CARNIVAL FLOATS’ AS ENTERED BY ‘SEEB’ (South Eastern Electricity Board) DONATED BY A FAMILY MEMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN 1951 – 1956.  There are a few which you will spot aren’t floats but static displays in Alexandra … [Read more…]

HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS IN THE WAR.

We have been given exclusive permission to publish a batch of photos showing bomb damage over the borough during WWll. These photo’s were taken by an Air Raid Warden during the last conflict, with authorisation by the MOD for their own use, and also for special Warden training purposes. All these were all taken from … [Read more…]

JUST ‘GEORGE WOOD’ PICTURES.

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…]

THE FORTUNE OF WAR (Halton)

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…]

THE CINEMA DE-LUXE.

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…]

Hastings & St Leonards up in the air!

Here we are! a new site to view containing many local pictures never seen before of Hastings & St Leonards from this angle, they are all modern but taken from 100 feet up in the air from an East Sussex Fire and Rescue turntable ladder back in 1999/2000. The photo’s will not be in any … [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.

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…]