Hastings & St Leonards
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.
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), 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!!!
Also I am sorry if you find any duplicates, this will be rectified in due course.
By clicking on any picture you are able to get a better view.
All these picture were taken by the local photographer ‘Blomfield’ and all date in the 1920’s.
The old ‘Roebuck Inn’, High Street.
Top end of High Street.
Opposite the Swan Hotel in the High Street.
Bottom of High Street with the junction of George Street. Note the Policeman on point duty! And he’s not a cardboard cutout either!!
High Street corner of Courthouse Street.
High Street opposite the Old Customs House.
On the high pavement was the site of the old Beaumont Laundry at number 97.
Judges Bakery was there as you can see in the early 1920’s in the High Street.
Bottom of All Saints Street.
Again, the bottom of All Saints Street but this dates to 1928.
The shop to the right hand side at the bottom of the road was a hairdressers and general store until it was decided to remove the premises in the early 1930’s in the Old Town redevelopment scheme, and replace it with a replica building know as ‘Pulpit Gate’. This building was built from old ships timbers imported from places such as Newhaven, Rye and Hastings, also other places that built ships too. People are under the impression that this building dates from the 17th century, (well the timbers might!) but was built around 1956/7. I can confirm this, as my father worked not only on this but the Pump House in George Street also.
All Saints Street, looking up towards All Saints Church.
All Saints Street from the top end.
Slightly out of sequence, but we now find ourselves back in the High Street opposite Courthouse Street. Note that the ‘Jenny Lind’ (and other names before that too!) wasn’t there then in the early 1900’s.
The High Street yet again as the last here. ‘Nelson House’ is just visible on the right hand side.
All the above pictures were by Blomfield a local photographer
and all dated in the early 1920’s.
Bottom of High Street 1959.
High Street 1905.
High Street c1935.
Reeves Courthouse Street 1935.
Corner of Courthouse Street 1945. After the bomb that demolished the Swan Hotel which also took out Reeves.
What was known as Reeves Corner 1947.
Corner of Roebuck Street 1957. Was an unauthorised car park for a short while, then years later the site which was the former ‘Roebuck Inn’ became the home to the Roebuck Old Town Doctors Surgery.
Old Customs & Excise storage yard, corner Salters Lane 1947.
Pleasant Row prior to Bourne 1957. The building with no windows was to be demolished as this was right in line of the route of the new Bourne Road.
Halton during the mass demolition in the 1950’s.
Halton. During the mass demolition of all properties in the 1950’s only to be replaced with dozens of Council flats.
Flood at the Memorial 1905.
Flood at the Memorial 1911.
Flood at the Memorial 1913.
George Street 1950. This if you can’t place it was almost next to ‘Albion Street’ almost opposite the West Hill Lift. This site has been redeveloped within the past few years after the Gas explosion in the 1960’s with new shops and flats above.
Pelham Place 1903 and the Sandringham Hotel.
On the beach c1925.
Hastings Pier in a sorry state taken in 1938.
This shows the pier being severed from the shore line in line with Government policies to make enemy landing more difficult with structures protruding into the sea, such as seaside piers. If you look at the bottom centre you will see a chamber mounted on the footway with pipes leading away from it. This was the pipe line from oil tanks situated up in White Rock Gardens that were installed for two purposes: 1. to refill small coastal auxiliary defense craft that could come along side even in low water, and 2. the valves could be opened full to allow fuel oil to discharge onto the water around the pier and set fire to in the extreme case of the enemy trying to make a landing, thankfully this never happened!
Royal Sussex Arms c1900 top of Cackle Street, but now known as Frederick Road.
West side of St Leonards Pier in 1910, two pontoons carrying large metal tanks had broken lose in the channel not unlike the submarines and came ashore and became beached for some time until a high tide when they were re-floated again to continue their journey.
East Hill lift under construction 1902. The lift became fully operational in 1903.
White Rock Baths Pavilion in 1904 when used as either a cinema of theatre or music hall.
Interior of Hastings Pier Pavilion 1902.
Pelham Place 1912.
Pump House during construction 1956.
Ye Olde Pump House, George Street, Hastings 1959.
Putting out the washing on the beach c 1890.
Hastings Station c 1930.
East Parade 1900.
Milo’s Gas explosion in the early 1960’s.
Packing fresh fish in ice 1900.
I’ll tell you a tale! 1900.
Shoe shine, But he has no legs! 1900.
New Sewage works on Rock-a-Nore 1870.
Centre of the Old Town 1905 before any destruction had taken place.
All Saints Street 1890.
George Street 1908.
Flower Sellers c1910
Toffee Apples c1910.
Sea Shell Stall at the end of Beach Terrace c1910.
Newspaper Boys c1910.
Ice Cream sellers at Denmark Place, again c1910.
Paddling on the seashore c1910. The boat behind them is the pleasure yacht ‘Albertine’ and what the children are standing on is the very short sea outfall that is still there today at Harold Place, but then the water discharge was not as pure as it might be of today!
Crabbing c1910. The little girl right in centre front didn’t care much about getting her clothes wet to the arm pits!! But she did have a hat on!
The beach and having a good time c1910. The yacht coming ashore could either be the ‘Albertine’ or ‘The Skylark’ but too far away to distinguish.
Bourne Street 1911.
The start of building the Palace of Varieties 1880, (otherwise known today as what was the Cinema Deluxe). The Palace opened in 1901.
Bedfrord Hotel probably around 1900.
Castle Street 1959.
Pelham Place 1934, wouldn’t it be lovely to have the road as this today still, with Castle Street still open to traffic, probably not to everyone’s liking now I know??
Roebuck yard 1870.
Ice Cream by Dimarco’s delivered all over the town as a first mobile Ice Cream seller. c1955.
Levetleigh in Dane Road before the fire!
Levetleigh now being burnt out. This was an arson attack by the Suffragettes, and set on fire by Kitty Marrion using brown paper and red jam to cover the windows to stop the sound of smashing glass. Fire was raised in several locations around the house, hence the damage caused in a short time.
This same picture was used in the episode of the famous TV ‘Midsomer Murders’ depicting a fire in Somerset!
Levetleigh from another angle.
This was the home of MP Harvey Du Cros.
He had vacated the premises the week earlier to take up residence in London, all his goods and possessions were moved out before the fire, but that didn’t stop the suffragettes in making their case known to the country when they demanded VOTES FOR WOMEN.
After the storm at Easter 1913.
Tram coming out of Meadow Road (Queens Road as known later).
Laying of tram rails at Silverhill c1906.
Having a good time. c1906
The Fishmarket with Pleasant Row in the background. 1906. The new Bourne Road cuts through just behind the people standing here. The fuzzy image of a person on the left isn’t a ghost but someone who didn’t keep still whilst the lens cap was taken off the camera to take the photo, as with glass plates etc in those days you took the lens cap off and counted anywhere between 5 and 8 seconds for the image to set on the glass plate before replacing the cap.
Baldslow Mill c1906.
Mastins great fire, December 1904.
Mastins of Castle Street. 1904.
Mastins again 1904.
Mastins after what the fire did to the building.
All the floors had been completely burnt away and the rear of the building had collapsed.
Fighting a lost cause as the building was reduced to ashes, but was completely rebuilt some years later.
All Saints Street 1911
Spiders Web Cafe at the junction of Sedlescombe Road North (A21) and Junction Road c1933
Same location c1933
Tram passing the bombed site of the Swan Hotel High Street in 1959
Bottom of High Street 1959
Bohemia Road and the Wheatsheaf Inn 1910
Beach Terrace 1911
Bottom of Havelock Road 1948. Bomb damaged site for sale.
Breeds Place just prior to demolition in 1964.
Caroline Place in 1948 after the war damaged properties await normal demolition.
Dengates Furnishing store of Queens Road after the major fire rebuild of 1938.
Devonshire Road c1910 (With Earl Street Power Station chimney in the background).
Dines Barber Shop All Saints Street 1905.
East Beach Street 1930 (Notice the Net Shops on or very near to Winkle Island).
East Parade 1946 (Tommy Lee’s hairdressers on the corner, I used that place for years).
End of another era 1959 when all the trolley busses were garaged here for the last time before being sent to be scrapped or used in other towns in the north.
Family photo on the beach in 1895.
Fishing family on the beach 1894
Havelock Road 1910
Inside the Gaiety Theatre before it became a cinema c1900
Ladies Outing from Princes Hotel 10 South Terrace 1910
Last remains of the old St Andrews Archway. (Look out here come the Health & Safety Officer, where’s your hard hats!!!)
Malcolm Mitchell’s Government surplus stores in the High Street carry on their business after the premises next door fell foul to a bomb. 1948.
Memorial in 1881
Millions of postcards for sale on the Stade in 1905
New Lifeboat ‘Cyril & Lilliam Bishop being taken to the old lifeboat house 1931.
On the Stade 1890
Old Lifeboat House being demolished for a road widening programme in 1959, this for a time served as the local Scout head quarters which I was one!
Old London Road near to Robertsons Hill 1908
Old London Road Ore end 1905.
Again Old London Road Ore end 1910
Pelham Place 1894, further along the buildings were demolished to make way for the building of the Hippodrome Theatre in 1897.
Perth Road 1910, advert for the trades of Adams & Jarrett, what they didn’t do wasn’t worth speaking about!
Queens Road 1910
Queens Road Junction with South Terrace 1906 what appears to be a circus parade through the town.
Regal Cinema London Road St Leonards opened 1932, closed in 1956 and demolished in 1973.
Regal Cinema taken from Warrior Square Railway Station c1971
Road sweeper in Bourne Street c1900.
Robertson Street 1868
Rock-a-Nore Road 1905
Selling fish at Breeds Place c1900.
Selling Tea & Cakes on the beach 1911, I can see this being carried out today !
Shop on corner of Prior Road and Mt Pleasant Road 1910
Shop on corner of Queens Road and Stone Street 1928, (it was a record shop owned by Mr Jack London for many years).
Silverhill Junction in the fog in 1955, note all the mass of overhead wires.
St Matthews Road junction with London Road Silverhill c1910
Swan Hotel 1890
The Cutter Inn at East Parade 1903.
The East Well ‘Waste not want not’ 1898
Parade of busses from Bexhill through to Silverhill marks the last trolley bus/s to run in Hastings 1959. The new Diesel driven bus follows at the rear.
The old ‘Clock House’ off licence on Queens Road corner of Waterworks Road 1905
The old lifeboat house at the stade in 1915. Notice a rare picture of the ‘Rising Sun’ public house opposite.
Corner of George Street and High Street in 1958 when this shop was a PIE Shop, turning out hundreds of pies and sausages every day. Stood there many a time watching the sausage machine at work pouring out endless lengths of sausages. Has been a restaurant for some years now.
This is outside what is today St Andrews indoor market entrance, but in 1895 was a dedicated livery stables.
Tram at the bottom of Harold Road 1918
Trolley bus in the High Street 1954. Not a lot of elbow room!!
Waterloo Place 1925 just prior to demolition in mass.
White Rock Road under construction in 1915
West St Leonards goods yard 1929
Wyatts Castle Hill Road 1904
York Hotel and Bars at the Memorial 1959
The tower at the side was removed in 1928 to facilitate a road widening program, this picture dates from 1950.
This was taken from a glass slide dated 1866 looking along the parade towards the Queens Hotel.
A lovely beach scene in 1890, again taken from a glass slide.
Carlisle Parade in 1906.
Part of York Buildings in 1967.
This was the first County Court Chambers in Albany Road with John Collier Taylor’s on the ground floor, this picture dates from around 1968. This was demolished to widen the road, but had a grade II listing, but to no avail to the Council!
Maypole 8 York Buildings in 1928.
Queens Road in 1982.
Queens Road again this time in 1980.
Redferns in Castle Street 1941.
Queens Road 1980.
Castle Street c1900.
Trolley Bus on Queens Road 1959.
Russel Street Grocers Shop in 1910, today it is home to a Haberdashery shop.
Queens Road, Gas Showrooms built 1878. This picture taken in 1976. Note the garage next door selling secondhand cars.
Part of Queens Parade as it was pre 1979.
More Queens Parade on Queens Road 1980.
Fads on Queens Parade 1980, just into South Terrace on the corner.
Queens Parade in 1979.
Last of memories of Queens Parade 1990/1.
Queens Parade in 1994 under the demolition hammer.
Scotch Cafe on Robertson Street 1930.
Liptons Pork Merchants on Robertson Street c1918.
What was our (wonderful!) central Coach Station next to the Town Hall and Central Cricket Pitch on Queens Road 1979.
Fishers furnishing shop on Robertson Street prior to their massive Fire! Picture taken in 1967.
Middle Street during demolition in 1977, note the small child perched high up on the roof and no scaffolding to break his fall, Health & Safety!! What’s that?
The Blue Saloon Fish & Chip shop at the bottom of High Street 1965. Note the price of fish & chips then 2/- a bag. Now named the Dolphin.
Cottage in All Saints Street now under the preservation of the “Hastings Cottage Improvement Society” c1857. Taken from a glass slide.
Aerial view of the Old Town & Stade 1948.
Beach entertainers 1890, again taken from a glass slide.
The last we shall see of Scott James and the shops above 1994 (that was once owned by Dengates).
Castle Street in 1982.
Caroline Place in 1890, taken from a glass slide.
Catching up with the news opposite the Queens Hotel top of Harold Place 1910.
Fishermen’s Fish Basket Race at the Stade 1910.
Getting all tucked up in readiness for a quick paddle 1903.
Latest fashion in swimwear 1922.
Pelham Place 1902.
On the beach 1903.
Goat Cart on the parade 1910.
Fairlight Road 1905. You certainly won’t get this view across the valley today!
Grosvener Gardens before Grosvener Crescent was built on the right hand side under the cliffs, (looks as if the grounds were occupied by either builders huts or some form of beach hut?) Picture dates from 1850, again taken from a glass slide.
Old London Road, the shops seen here are now occupied by Winchester & Sons, picture dates from 1910.
Priory Road School for Boys opened on September 18th 1891, but now redeveloped into apartments. Picture dates from around 2013.
Cambridge Road 1870, taken from a glass slide.
Ore Village Jnc Fairlight Road c1910.
Temperance Movement selling refreshments and flowers on the beach at Harold Place 1900s.
Carlisle Parade 1866 prior to Palace Hotel being fully built. Taken from a glass slide.
Ore Village c1910.
Harold Place 1890. Taken from a glass slide.
Rock-a-Nore 1890. Taken from a glass slide.
Can’t make out what’s going on at Carlisle Parade, but where do I sit? 1910.
Royal Oak Hotel on Caroline Place that suffered immense bomb damage during the second conflict and was consequently demolished along with many others to make way for “Holmdane House”. This picture dates from 1910 prior to any damage.
Winkling the whelks c1900. Taken from a glass slide.
Charabanc trip to Eastbourne (No not round the lighthouse!) starting at Robertson Terrace 1928.
The Wheatsheaf Inn c1910
Woolworths in 1926
Girls High School in 1920, now Helens Wood.
Castle Street in 1910, Mastin Bros in front.
Castle Street as rebuilt but before the new Albert Road was sliced through the shops! Picture taken in 1970
Corner of Wellington Square in 1982.
Wellington Place and York buildings looking through from Castle Street c1912.
130 Queens Road. c1910
Home of Harvey Du Cros.
Palace Pier 1932
Palace Pier by night c1910
Palace Pier July 1909, building the Skating rink.
Piling for St Leonards Pier 1890
Interior of the Roller Skating rink at Palace pier 1910
Interior of Restaurant st Leonards pier 1910
Interior of the tea room palace pier 1910
Roller Hockey on Palace pier 1920’s
South Colonnade 1905
The Kursaal Palace Pier 1910. Whist Drive night.
St Leonards Palace pier 1910
1910 Metcalf & Kirkpatrick (Woolworths bought the site and replaced it with their shop)
Cinque Port Arms & 106, All Saints Street in 1924. A drawing by Leslie Badham.
Adama & Jarrett Norman Rd c1905
Beach photographer Mr Pearson trying to organise some people for a photo 1911
Bradfords steam laundry Newspaper advert 1909
Bulverhthye Road corner of Arnside Road 1910. Shop now under the title of FAT SUES.
Chapel Park Road, St. Leonards c1905
Dimacos Wellington Place 1929
East Parade fish auction 1905
Grand Parade, St. Leonards c1905
Hardwicke Rd on right hand side of picture 1902
Hastings Railway Station main hall in the late 1980’s prior to the new upgrade of the 21st century!
Hickman Bros Butchers on Queens Rd 1910
Lifeboat House 1898 (3 years before the East Hill lift was built (1901))
Ore Village c1910 (If you don’t watch out, you will get your wheels caught in the rails!!)
Regal Cinema on London Road St Leonards in the early 1950s.
Grocers Shop corner of Ashburnham Rd & Old London Rd taken in 1911 ( What we knew as the China Parade, but now a Charity Shop) (Formally known as London Road, before being renamed as Old London Road)
St Leonards Arch c1830
Submarine U118. More people tried to get aboard than a popular amusement arcade, people flocked in from far and wide to get a view of the Submarine and have their photo’s taken. 1919.
The Elite Cinema (that was!)
The grounds attached to the Town Hall in Queens Road before it became the central bus station, for trips and outings etc,. Picture dates to 1904.
Tiger Inn Stonefield Rd 1893, really in need of a good paint up! (I hope that no one adds a few letters to the VO M in the window!)
Top Shop, but was John Collier (John Collier, John Collier the window to watch!) on the corner of Queens Road and Albert Road, prior to the redevelopment.
Walton & Co Fishmongers Queens Rd 1910
Electric railway at Bulverhythe before it got moved to Wales.
Parker Road ‘Tramways Power Station’ undergoing some maintenance. c 1910.
42 George Street c1908
by the west hill lift.
A lesson on how NOT to park your car on the Sea Front 1930
The building next to Woolworths was a Ministry of Foods Office, also to where you could pick up food coupons just after the war. Photo dictates to 1956.
Last Omnibus 23 Dec 1906
Again the last Omnibus on December 23rd 1906 at Grosvener Gardens.
Bryant & Sons c1905
Baston Lodge, Upper Maze Hill, c1900
Dengates fire on Queens Road 1938
Dengates fire 1938
Cornwallis Terrace when the trolley buses passed here in 1956
Cornwallis Terrace and Gardens 1910
Dawes Corner Jnc Priory Rd & Frederick Rd 1903
Going on an outing, Havelock Road 1926
Hastings fishermen c.1890
Happy Harold at Grosvenor Crescent in 1956.
Hastings Salvation Army – the new Citadel in St. Andrews Square. c1935
Havelock road 1910
Priory Street Institute c1900
Priory Street after the Institute was transformed from a nice looking building to this! c1983
Penny Dinners Ore c1903
Shrimping under the East Hill, Hastings c.1890
Snow on the beach, but work still goes on mending the baskets c.1890
Powell’s Library, Hastings c.1820
Station Road in 1940
Remains of schooner on Hastings fishing beach c.1890
The Aristocrats on Hastings Pier c1916
Tea pavilion on East Hill 1949
The catch. Hastings fishing beach c.1890
The Iron Fort – Original home of Hastings Citadel Salvation Army. c1884
The Volunteer Pub Middle Street c1910
Tower Road, St. Leonards c.1905
Wellington Road 1908
Winchelsea Road 1905
Day trippers on St Leonards Pier 1909
More people on the Pier in 1911
Yet again, more trippers on St Leonards Pier 1910
Bottom of Old London Rd 1905
Bradfords steam laundry (Off Bexhill Road) 1906
Braybrook Terrace c1910 This terrace of houses were demolished when the Southern Water Storm Tunnel was built.
Eversfield Chest Hospital West Hill Road St Leonards 1906
Fishing Beach from a water colour dated 1890
Hastings to Bexhill tram going past Bulverhythe 1908
Hastings woolworths 2004 Just thought it would be nice to remember our Woolies!!
Part of Hollington Old Lane 1960
Plummer Roddis Home delivery horse and covered wagon. 1906 Nothing too much trouble!
Queens Hotel 1863 This is an artists drawing of what the Queens Hotel was going to look like when finished.
Queens Road in 1960, this was even before the petrol filling station was built, let alone the new flats of Osbourne House moved from the Ridge Jnc Elphinstone Road.
Queens Road c1975 If you look in the distance you will not only see the Gulf petrol station on the near left but the old petrol filling station top left which later became a car lot. There have certainly been a vast change of businesses in this location since!
St. Andrews Church, Queens Road 1907
William Mercer corner Duke Road 1891 Silverhill. Unfortunately, this shop has long gone and been converted into a near normal house. The main facade has been partly preserved in the conversion, but the only remaining part still in existence today is the brick pillar behind the shop keeper. Look for it as you pass through Silverhill.
Blomfield Terrace c1905
Chapel Park Road c1905
Cornwallis Gardens c1905
East Hill from Beach 1898. Taken from a glass slide.
Eversfield Chest Hospital c1910
Hollington c1905 Probably part of the old Battle Road.
Interior of Hastings Pier Ballroom c1950
London Road c 1905
Mount Pleasant Church 1901 Taken from a glass slide.
Net Mending 1890, again taken from a glass slide.
Newgate Road c1905
Park Road 1923
Silverlands Road c1905
Silverlands Road c1906
Stockleigh Road c1905
West Hill Road c1905 The Eversfield Chest Hospital.
Church Street c1905
Hurst Court c1955
Hurst Court c1955
Langham pub shortly after its closure c2008
Silverhill Tavern, Sedlescombe Road North, when it was in business as a pub, but today the site has been transformed into a row of 3 terraced houses.
Alma Tavern All Saints Street c1895
Croft Road 1911
E. W. Rubie, 54 High Street 1909
Frank Pelham Chemist High Street 1952
Gallops Ships Chandelers, Rock-a-Nore Road 1919
H.J.Hunt Bootmaker 28 High Street c1900
H.Orchard Butcher, 5 George street. c1900
High Street 1951
Top of High Street. c1910
Hill Street. 1860
Horse drawn bus at the market cross, junctions of Old London Road, Harold Road, High Street and All Saints Street. 1906
Rare colour postcard of the Kicking Donkey in Hill Street. 1905
Market Cross in the snow. c1907
Maypole shop in George Street, outside view in 1910
Inside the Maypole shop in George Street. c1910
Old Humphreys Ave. 1906
Old London Road. 1853
Old London Road looking up from the Market Cross. 1880
Pathway to west hill continuation from Salters lane and Croft Road. c1910
Old Town & Beach. c1948
Pleasant Row in 1830 from a pen & ink plate.
Queens Head Hotel at the Fishmarket. 1892
The Fishmarket. 1898
The old Fishmarket. c1900
Top of High Street showing the drinking fountain and horse trough. 1906
West end of George Street. 1899
Beach at Breeds Place 1895
Bottom well prior to East Hill lift on Rock-a-Nore Road c1850 (Note the stacked timbers for ship building).
Ritz cinema Cambridge Rd c1940
St Leonards Pier 1889
Stag Inn, All Saints Street. 1905
Salvation Army performing on the beach. c1905
Empire Theatre of Varieties 1905. (Later to become the Hippodrome then Cinema Deluxe)
Cinema Deluxe 1910.
Pelham Place 1910
Pelham Place 1922
Pelham Crescent 1932
We now end this session of Hastings & St Leonards in old pictures
and continue in a new post of ‘Hastings in old pictures 2’.
which you will find in the menu list.
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