‘Hastings & St Leonards in old pictures 2’.   

I have in my own collection many thousands of old pictures of Hastings & St Leonards in old postcards, negatives, and glass lantern slides, many of these are now portrayed here on my site.

Thank you.

Most of my pictures portrayed here can be used for your pleasure elsewhere, as there is no copyright as such,

but there are some exceptions! (The pictures that I have taken myself, these are marked!), where there is a strict Copyright©

I have no objection to people using my general pictures, but PLEASE ask first and give me credit,

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Now, I must apologise for the miss match order of pictures here, but as they were taken and installed on a computer they were selected in alphabetical order and not the order in which we selected, so it was so much easier to place them on here as they came off the files.  

Makes it more exciting I suppose not knowing whats coming up next!!!

 By clicking on any picture you are able to get a better view.


Eversfield Place in 1895 taken from an old print.

The colonnade at St Leonards in 1904


White Rock 1905


White Rock Parade 1903 Notice the four sandwich board men on the road.


Warrior Square 1910

Bohemia and Salisbury Road on the right (Police Station on the corner). 1911


Again Warrior Square in 1913


The bandstand on the seafront in 1916


A beach scene at Eversfield Place in 1918, notice the tent erected probably used as a private changing place!


Public shelter on the front by Pelham Parade in 1920, with the Russian gun along side.

Harold Place and the Albert Memorial 1933.


The extended parade taken from White Rock in 1946


The boating lake at the stade in c1954


The Pier and the White Rock Swimming Baths. 1958


What was the Central Cricket Ground on Queens Road, often used between matches for other sports as can be seen here. c1915.  Before being renamed Queens Road the road was known as St Andrews Road.


55 All Saints Street 1912


Harold Place and the Queens Hotel in 1904


Grosvener Gardens 1905


Holy Trinity Church, Robertson Street 1908 (Lady Brassey Institute in the back ground, now our Library)


Looking up Queens Road c1909


Extending the parade at Caroline Place in 1910


Exactly as what the comments read at the top 1910


The beach and bathing stations opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel St Leonards  1918



An early Spring day walk on the seafront 1923


Robinson Terrace with the Albany Hotel c1936


23rd May 1943, The Albany Hotel took a direct hit by a flying bomb and consequently the entire block was demolished after the war never to be rebuilt as a hotel.


Hastings miniature Railway from Rock-a-Nore to the boating lake 1958


Bourne Passage 1908


White Rock c1905


The area of the stade c1960 (all gone today!)


Cricket Ground c1955 (Yes, we did have a Central Cricket ground ONCE!)


Denmark Place 1908


Royal Oak Hotel 1906 (again bombed in the last conflict)


State visit of the Londons Lord Mayor, Kings Road 1908


This is a dull rainy Christmas celebrations on Kings Road in 1908


Not one of the best reproductions of the Main PO & telephone exchange on Cambridge Road 1930 (the black shadows are the buildings opposite)


William Breach Fishmonger 72 Queens Road c1918


St. Paul’s School viewed from Bohemia Road  c1880  (from an early Lithograph)


St Pauls Church, Church Road St Leonards built 1866 dedicated in 1868


An aerial view of Silverhill showing Sedlescombe Road South & North, whilst to the top you can clearly see the bus depot. 2016 (No wonder there are no buses on the road, they are all in the depot!)


Gas explosion at Sturdee Place on July 11th 1963. The explosion damaged at least 32 neighbouring properties, by taking out windows and removing roof tiles etc.


Milo’s, Restaurant, well what was left of it.


Milo’s 1963


Winchester Restaurant after the main explosion.

From what the Fire Brigade reports read was:-  That they believed that the main cause was due to a gas main leaking in the road and a large amount of gas had entered the building and built up in the basement area.  There was a large refrigerator in the basement too and the compressor was located on the fridge lid, they stated that when the compressor started up there must have been a spark from the unit which ignited the large amount of gas build up and exploded! There was a second explosion minutes later but not a large as the first.


Picking up the pieces after the all clear 1963.


First paying visitor to board the beached submarine, hundreds followed to see inside, and having their pictures taken prior to being cut up for scrap.  But several workmen (not visitors) died whilst carrying out demolition work on the inside structures from breathing in spilt battery acid and fumes from rotting food substances etc. No one wore breathing apparatus in those days, let alone face masks!


All Saints Street 1905  (Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel one lived there as by the plaque over the door)


The Old Town from the East Hill 1906 (notice all the washing out on the beach to dry)


Top of High Street with all the Elm Trees 1907. (On the left is/was the Stables that once served the Swan Hotel in the High Street to garage and repair their stage coaches, now home to the modern Stable Theatre)


Clive Vale Hotel in 1907, on the corner of Alfred Road and Old London Road Ore, School Road is just on the left by the lamppost.


Ore Parish Church on the Ridge in 1908


Bottom end of All Saints Street in 1908


Ore Church at the junctions of Church Street, Old London Road and Saxon Road, 1908


The original Harbour 1909


Again the original Harbour but partially destroyed in a gale in 1911


Waterloo Passage/Place 1912 (all gone thanks to the new coastal road being driven through the heart of the Old Town)


All Souls Church on the corner of Bedford Road 1913, now lays empty!


High Wickham on the East Hill looking across to Clive Vale 1919 (The large red house on the end was called ‘Windy Croft’ and so called today)


All Saints Street 1920


All Saints Street 1921 (A lot of the houses in All Saints Street were taken up by the HCIS (Hastings Cottage Improvement Society) to be maintained and looked after for all times, a plaque indicated their involvement!)


The Fishing Beach area in 1927 ( the circles around the capstans are where the horses went round and round winding the ropes around the capstans in pulling up the boats onto the beach)


Again the Stade area in 1929


The old original fish market at the bottom of High Street 1904


The SS Lugana on fire off Hastings 1906


Again the SS Lugano on fire. The write up stated that she was held a large cargo of hemp, oil and other highly flammable materials, it appears that it was instantaneous combustion from being stored in the ships hold and little to no ventilation. Once ignited there was no stopping the spread of fire which more or less destroyed the wheel house and rendered the ship unable to sail again under it’s own power, it was towed away after the fire was extinguished, believed to a Dutch port, but I could be wrong there! 1906


A small fishing boat unloading their catch (probably Sprats or Mackerel going by their size) onto the beach in 1906


High Street 1909


East Parade and the old Lifeboat Station. 1912


Same area but 1913


Taken from the West Hill looking down towards the Old Town with the old original harbour arm. 1913


The old fish market area was moved in 1927 from where it was at the bottom of High Street to the beach.  The move was to facilitate a round-a-bout for the new trolley buses.


A large gathering of people on the West Hill in 1917


A horse walking around the capstan winding a rope in pulling a fishing boat up out of the water onto the beach. 1929


Here we have the same but a year later in 1930.


A view across the West Hill and the lift in 1930.


Still the West Hill but moving on in time to 1947.


Passing the time of day on the beach with some on lookers c1916.


Just playing about in the water even with their school uniforms on! c1918.


The old Lifeboat House at the Stade. c1919


High Street c1925


At the Stade c1923


An aerial photo taken of the far eastern end of the fishing quarters (Rock-a-Nore Road) in c1946.



Breeds Place and Beach Parade behind the OXO sign. 1914


A typical beach scene, but this one has the submarine in the back ground being taken apart. 1919


Another gathering on the beach for a sand castle building competition in 1920.


Caroline Place with the open air theatre backing onto Beach Terrace or Parade, known as both. 1921.


Same as before but now at night with all the lights aglow. 1921.


Pelham Crescent 1928.


The new boating lake 1935.


Now 1 year on. 1936.


The council installed lampposts in the water, later on there were lights around the perimeter of the lake which were coloured and moved. 1937. (what that chap is doing walking through the water heavens knows, but the water here was only 18 inches deep).


This is the children’s paddling pool not directly connected to the main lake area, the water was approximately 4/5 inches deep all over. 1936.


The new parade by now was completed and there were separate lanes for seafront traffic and traffic coming out of the town. If it worked then why not now?? 1937.


All lined up at Caroline Place for a day trip or a mystery trip in the evening! 1937.


Pelham Arcade of shops when they actually looked like shops. c1910.


Beached yachts, the Albertine and the Skylark. 1916


Breeds Place 1921

Again Breeds Place showing the YMCA.  1919


Breeds Place and the Rougemont boarding Establishments in 1936.


Mastins in Castle Street decorated for the 1937 Jubilee. (see the 2 people on the roof to the top left of the picture under the flag tying up the decorations, Health & Safety allowed this!!!!)


The yacht Albertine coming ashore in 1932


The crew of the Albertine in 1905


Wellington Square and our famous bus station! 1928.


Wellington Square again but slightly more up to date , we are now c1947 (notice that the photographer caption named it St Leonards and not Hastings)


Wellington Square. 1908


Wellington Square with the Castle Hotel on the left.  1910


Wellington Square and Castle Hill Road with the Argos Newspapers building still in tact in 1958. (notice the complete lack of cars!)

1889 Nov 7 – The Brighton-based Evening Argus published its first Hastings edition, from Central Hall in Bank Buildings. This paper, covering all eastern Sussex, was a success, so in 1898 the Argus moved into 14 Castle Hill Road, where it stayed until c1950. [Its site is now part of the car park.]


Castle Hotel on Wellington Square in 1916.


The Memorial flooded in 1924, this was not a rare site then!


Again the Memorial flooded at Harold Place with many people watching the sea water pouring down Harold Place at a very high tide with a prevailing westerly wind helping it on its way. 1924


Wellington Place on the right, and York Buildings on the left, looking towards Castle Street. 1908


Wellington Place (on the left) looking back towards the town centre. 1907


Memorial clock tower c1931.


Memorial looking towards Cambridge Road and Havelock Road. 1903


Memorial looking towards Robertson Street 1906.


Harold Place and the taxi rank. 1907


The Memorial at night in the snow. 1909


Just as the caption says, taken during a lightning strike. 1911


The Memorial clock tower as many of us remember all lit up. 1933 (mind you I wasn’t around in 1933, perhaps a little later!, I used to wind the time switch in the base of the tower every week and change defective lamps, this was in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s)


Holy Trinity Church in Robertson Street in 1910.


A view of lower Cambridge Road and Memorial, probably taken from the roof of the Observer Offices in Cambridge Road c1947.


Queens Road 1910 with the old Post Office on the corner of York Gardens.


Queens Road, Tram outside the Cricket/Recreational Ground 1914.


Start of Queens Road 1914.


St Andrews Archway c1910.


Laying the tram rails on St Helens Road 1905.


St Helens Road 1915.


Alexandra Park 1904.


Alexandra Park Boating lake 1906.


Alexandra Park all lit at night in 1937, prior to the war blackouts of 1938.


White Rock Gardens c1947.


Again same area c1947.


All lit up at night the entrance to White Rock Pleasure Gardens c1947. The Peacock lights changed from inside red to the outer blue in sequence. These lights were removed in the late 1950s.


The Floral Clock in White Rock Gardens c1955.


Celebrating King George VI Coronation 1937.


White Rock Model Village 1963. (All credit to Mr Stanley Deboo the creator)


Model Village 1963.


Hastings Railway Station in 1905.


The old Infirmary at White Rock in c1910, demolished around 1927 to build the White Rock Pavilion. A lot of controversy was made by the public as regards the patients walking around in white gowns standing at the windows frightening some people, hence its demolition and the building of the White Rock Theatre in its place.


Punch & Judy on the beach in 1909. (All contributions in the bucket please at the base of the hut!)


The horses stood for hours on the beach just waiting to either lower or pull the bathing huts in and out of the water for the Ladies. In the meantime they would be tethered to a rope secured on the seawall until wanted. 1905.


At White Rock in 1906.


The yachts beached at Harold Place, and others having a paddle. c1914.


A walk along the promenade even when it rains. 1909. (not an umbrella to be seen anywhere).


Carlisle Parade and beach 1910.


Same place as before but now we have motor cars. 1910.


Queens Hotel & Harold Place showing the yachts being tied up. 1912.


The beach at Carlisle Parade 1912.


The bandstand at White Rock. 1910.


The bandstand at night in 1911.


Now illuminated at night in 1913.


A charabanc outing in 1925. (Robinson Terrace behind)


Robertson Terrace with the Albany Hotel in 1916.


The Albany Hotel all decorated for the carnival of 1934.


The Albany Hotel in 1935, probably the last picture taken before the war and the hotel’s devastation by a direct hit with a doodle bug bomb.




White Rock in 1946, rough sea’s always attracted lots of people even in the earlier days to watch the waves breaking over the promenade and trying not to get wet in the process.




Carlisle Villas in 1920.


By the Queens Hotel in 1927, the promenade stopped here before the parade was widened into a main coastal road.


The men’s large swimming baths in 1903.


The Ladies small swimming baths next door with the attendants standing waiting to help the ladies out of the water in 1903.


This again is the men’s baths in 1909, even with Ladies watching at the side.


The updated baths in 1954.


Looking down onto the Old Town prior to the major demolition had struck, picture date from c1936.


Again looking down on the fish market from up on the west hill in 1914.


We now come a little more update to 1950.


Now this one was taken shortly after the Boating lake was completed in 1935.


The Old Town in 1918.


Looking across the Old Town in c1923.


The west hill summit and the west hill lift entrance c1936.


On the west hill looking across to the children’s play area and the all season circular shelters. c1936.


In the heavy snow on the west hill lit by street lights in 1919.


Carrying out the daily checks on the west hill lift before use in 1919.


Again the west hill lift now ready for use after inspection. 1919.


An attendant at the top station taking on passengers to go down to George Street. 1919.



Yet again dozens of people enjoying the freedom of a large open space in 1917.


A very early colour picture of the area below the west hill, the iron railway bridge is quite visible. 1905.


St Clements Caves Ball Room in 1910. (lit by oil lamps)


The same place but now 1916. (now lit by gas lamps)


Just as the description say’s now 1950 on the new dance floor. (now lit by electricity)


East Parade and the old lifeboat house in 1906.


Now we step back again to 1899. (Originally taken from a glass plate)


The old lifeboat station. 1918.


The trams have now been replaced with the trolley busses. picture dates as of 1947.



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