HASTINGS IN OLD PICTURES 23.

Here we are yet again looking to fill Pictures 23.

Please if you have any old pictures of either Hastings or St Leonards

that you would like to share with others

then we would be only too happy to show these

with an acknowledgement for you.

In the first instance make contact with me

through the contact page,

and we will have a chat about the pictures

you might offer us and the next step to take.

Many thanks to all that help in keeping this site alive.

 

An artists impression of Pelham Street and Breeds Place painted in water colours. c1840.

 

An artists impression of John Street painted in water colours. c1900. (Now been replaced by Hastings Wall (Council built flats) at the foot of High Street).

 

An artists water colour painting of East Parade. 1915.

 

An artists water colour painting of the High Street c1890.

 

Artists impression of the High Street painted in water colours. c1890.

 

An early view of the Memorial clock Tower in 1860.

 

Archery Road. 1890.

 

Bathers. 1926.

 

Bathing Pool bikini parade 1955.

 

Beach at Warrior Square. 1903.

 

Bedford Place off Queens Road. 1890. (This was a poor condition photo card).

 

Breeds Place. 1924. If only we kept this area as it was without the ugly new designed buildings stuck there as now!

 

By the pier 1908. You don’t get scenes like this today with crowds of people on the seafront!

 

Carlisle Parade. 1908.

 

Carlisle Parade. 1906.

 

Eversfield Place. 1906. A nice peaceful walk along the prom without the noise and the pollution of the traffic, just a few horses and the good they did to your roses!!

 

Guard of Honour to Sir David Beatty in front of submarine. 1919.

 

Submarine beached 1919.

 

German U118 torpedo room. 1919.

 

Cutting up the submarine U118 beached opposite Harold Place. 1919.

U118 Submarine.

This is just one of so many photos taken whereby vast amounts of picture postcards were taken and sold of the beached U118 submarine. This took the town by complete surprise when hundreds of people flocked here by foot, tram or even by rowing boats etc, to see this spectacle. Because of the vast number of people wanting to go on top of the vessel and have their pictures taken the town council decided to make a small charge for people to climb aboard the decks and in the early days even to look inside, well that was until two coastguards died through inhaling gases from spilt battery acids; then the tours inside stopped immediately! People were still allowed to climb aboard the vessel until the day it was started to be demolished on the spot as trying to refloat her was an impossible task in those days. It took several attempts to dismantle the complete framework as many times when the contractors told the council the vessel had been cleared from the beach the tide took the beach levels up and down in rough weather and large parts of the superstructure became very visible that had not been removed, people complained as large pieces of sharp metals became visible and now being extremely dangerous too, the council demanded that the rest of the framework was cleared completely at the contractors cost as they had told them it had been completely cleared. It came to light afterwards that the metals were cut at beach level and were never uncovered to clear the large amount still buried under the beach. Yet another submarine was beached at Bulverhythe a little later on the U131, this somehow didn’t cause as much fuss in the amount of people wanting to see it as the Hastings one was, several attempts were made to refloat the vessel at high tides as it was on the shore line and was possible to refloat it back into the water, this proved successful after a struggle and went onto Antwerp for disposal.

 

Hatherley Road St Leonards. 1905. Quite a different scene today though.

 

Henderson House Downs Road. c1925.

 

Hill Street (off Croft Road and Swan Lane) and steps to West Hill. 1905.

 

Laying tram rails around the Memorial, 1904.

 


Lord Mayor of London visit in November 1908 coming down Queens Road towards the Memorial.

 

Magic lantern slide of the Albertine and The Skylark Yachts by the Queens Hotel. 1890.

 

Marina Parade. 1910.

 

Mount Road shops. 1920. (Sorry for the clarity of the picture but very old card not in good condition),

 

Norman Road, no indication as to why the flags are out. c1901.

 

Parade & lifeboat station. 1915.

 

Plynlimmon Road. 1908.

 

Rock-a-Nore Road. 1908.

 

Rough sea at Pelham place throwing up the shingle. 1908.

 

Splash Point at White Rock. 1860. Just further west to this point is to where the Hastings Pier was to be built some two years later in 1862.

 

The Bull Inn at Bulverhythe Illustration by Sheather. 1866.

 

The Cyril & Lilian Bishop Lifeboat, being towed along the seafront, to the Lifeboat House. c1954.

 

The Golden Vanities. Hastings Pier performers 1906.

 

The Happy Valley Pierrots. 1906. (Mind you they don’t look too happy do they!)

 

The Life Boat House at East Parade. 1933.

 

The new Promenade at Warrior Square end. 1936.

 

The number MX7 (United Counties) Bexhill-St.Leonards-Hastings bus, at Verulem Place before Waverly Court was built. Picture dates as of 1959.

 

The Palace Pier St. Leonards. 1935.

 

The Parade and bandstand at White Rock. 1907.

 

The promenade by Hastings Pier. 1920.

 

The Queens Road Bridge, taken the year it was completed. 1898.

 

The Watchful Attendant, giving advice to lady bathers. 1922. (Keep away from the men!!)

 

Top right hand corner of Wellington Square. 1935.

 

Torpedo Boats off Hastings. 1917.

 

Verulam Place. 1865. Opposite would have been the pier.

 

White Rock and Carlisle Parade. 1880.

The next few pictures were taken from CDVs

pictures developed onto card,

slightly larger than a postcard.

(Carté De Visité)

CDV. Carlisle Parade. 1880.

 

CDV. Fishing boats on the beach. 1880.

 

CDV. Hastings Pier and goat cart. 1880.

 

CDV. Hastings Pier. 1880.

 

CDV. Rock-a-Nore under the cliffs. 1880. (Heaven knows what he is up to, perhaps he is taking beach?)

 

CDV. South Colonnades. 1880.

 

CDV. Splash point at White Rock. 1880.

 

CDV. St Leonards Pier. 1880.

 

CDV. Memorial. 1881. All the blurs are to where people were still moving on a timed exposure, whilst the photographer removed the lens cap and starting to count possibly up to 5 before replacing the cap, and any movement in that time recorded a complete blur!

 

Hastings Pier Pavilion. 1880.

 

Anti-Aircraft battery of guns at Grosvener Gardens in 1944.

 

 

Many thanks for looking.

 

 

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