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 glass slides.

These would have not been seen by the general public until years after!

 

 

Albany Hotel.

 

Bexhill Rd Vl Flying bomb. Workmen trying to at least making the roof semi water tight even if the windows are blown in!

 

Emmanuel church on the West Hill.

 

Gladstone Terrace.

 

Hillside Ave. Quite a few of the roads have since disappeared since the war.

 

Holmsdale Gardens.

 

In the grounds of the Royal East Sussex Hospital Cambridge Road.

 

Unfortunately, an unknown location.

 

Here we are again at another unknown location.

 

Lewcocks Restaurant corner of Harold Place and Denmark Place.

 

Linton Road.

 

A ‘looters warning’.

 

Norman Road.

 

Plaza Town Centre.

 

Priory Road School.

 

Royal East Sussex Hospital.

 

St Johns Church, Pevensey Road.

 

St Johns Church, Pevensey Road, the tower still stands whilst the main chancel has been devastated!

 

St Leonards Parish Church after the big clear up. The flying bomb veered off course hitting other buildings on its decent, but landed and exploded in the doorway of the Church. Buildings on both sides were demolished by the blast too.

 

Wallingers House.

 

Warrior Square east side.

 

Warrior Square on the west side.

 

Sweeping the pavements of all the broken glass at White Rock, June 1944.

 

Yet again another direct hit on someone property at White Rock.

 

War week parade passing into Eversfield Place. May 1941.

 

Wardens Party, after all they did their bit too!

 

On the lookout over the sea. Gun operator and ‘Observers’.

 

Sydney Oak one of the more senior rescuers with the ARP.

 

One of the many ladies that served with the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) and CD (Civil Defence) wardens.

 

Mr. H.Cove, Warden.

 

G.Tyler warden 1940.

 

G.Tyler, warden at his home.

 

G.Tyler Warden.  This is the gent that took all the pictures you have just seen.

 

Duchess of Kent visits the local Civil Defence volunteers at Hastings. 1941.

 

Our sincere thanks must go to Mr. Rick Moye who kindly donated the pictures for you all to see here.

 

Albany Hotel.

 

Alma Terrace.

 

Alma Villas.

 

Battle Road.

 

Battle Road. The bomb went straight through the wall and didn’t explode!

 

Battle Road. And here we have again another bomb that entered the building and failed to detonate!  Up on the wall it looks like a blue flashing Police calling light with a diffuser over it!

 

Bohemia Road.

 

Christ Church Ore.

 

De Cham Road.

 

Denmark Place and what was Lewcocks Restaurant.

 

Filsham Road.

 

Gensing Road.

 

Hastings Railway Station.  The track was repaired and so was the embankment to where a bomb had landed causing all these problems.

 

High Street and Reeves corner.

 

High Street and what was once the Swan Hotel.

 

Holmesdale Gardens, a bomb dropped very near causing immense damage to the fabric of the buildings from the blast.

 

Holmesdale Gardens, Now this might have just been that explosion that caused the damage opposite in the picture above!

 

King Edward Avenue.

 

Junction of London Road and Norman Road, taken from Norman Road west side.

 

Castle Street.

 

Markwick Terrace, a creator in the front shows to where the bomb went off causing only facial damage to the buildings.

 

Moscow Road Ore, yet another building to where the bomb entered the place but failed to properly explode.

 

Old London Road Ore Village, very near to where Winchesters are today.

 

Perth Road (1).

 

Perth Road (2).

 

Pevensey Road.

 

Queens Hotel & the Albany Hotel.

 

Queens Hotel.

 

Salisbury Road.

 

Springfield Road.

 

St Helens Park Road.

 

St Johns Church, Pevensey Road.

 

St Pauls Place.

 

Strood Road.

 

The Uplands.

 

Tower Road.

 

Warrior Square Church.

 

West Ascent.

 

West Hill St Leonards.

 

White Rock Gardens, with a massive creator.

 

This completes this series of pictures from

Hastings & St Leonards in the war for now,

but we are looking out for more!

 

Thank you for looking.

 

Thanks to Simon for all his help.