HASTINGS IN OLD PICTURES 4

WE ARE GOING TO START A NEW PAGE OF PICTURES FROM THE PAST AS PICTURES 1, 2, 3 HAVE FILLED UP QUITE QUICKLY AND TOO LARGE FOR SOME READERS TO COPE WITH ON THEIR Tablets and iphones, ETC.   THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WILL NOT BE IN ANY ORDER OF PREFERENCE JUST AS THEY COME OFF … [Read more…]

HASTINGS IN OLD PICTURES 3.

THIS PARTICULAR PAGE WILL INCLUDE SOME QUITE RARE PICTURES, SOME NOT SEEN BEFORE BY MANY.  I HAVE COLLECTED A FEW WHICH HAVE TO BE SORTED AND THEN SCANNED, BUT ALWAYS REMEMBERING THAT MANY ARE QUITE OLD AND DELICATE TO HANDLE. THANKS. We make a start with the clearing of the land mines planted across Ecclesbourne Glen … [Read more…]

JUST FAIRLIGHT IN PICTURES.

Here on this page is a variety of early views of Fairlight, Ecclesbourne Glen etc, (with the occasional up to date picture/s inserted).  PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON THIS OR ANY OTHER PAGE/S THEN GIVE ME AN EMAIL ON THE ‘CONTACT FORM’. Thanks. By clicking on any picture you are able to get a … [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]