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…]

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…]

THE RISE AND FALL OF St LEONARDS PIER

These pieces found in local and national newspapers of the time outlined the rise and fall of St Leonards (Palace Pier). American Palace pier 1909 On this day 1st April 1909 – The American Syndicate took possession of the Palace Pier. The transformed American Palace Pier was to be reopened in May. The Mail of … [Read more…]

Hastings from the eyes of a reporter in 1875

This piece is quite long before you read it, but shows how the two towns of Hastings & St Leonards came but one since their building started (St Leonards) of 1813, and how the town/s grew with visitors in the period of 1875. THE “PICTORIAL WORLD” ON HASTINGS AND ST LEONARDS. 1875  The Pictorial World … [Read more…]

Tramway Public Notices.

Public Notice In Parliament – Session 1902. Hastings Tramways.   (Construction of Extension Tramway in the County Borough of Hastings in the County of Sussex, along the Sea Front from St Leonards to Albert Memorial, Hastings; Gauge, Electrical Power, Provisions as to Users, Repair, etc., of Streets; Junctions with Hastings, Bexhill, and District Light Railway, … [Read more…]