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 health, for, hemmed on the sea it is by steep and high cliffs, it has an atmosphere more completely marine than almost any other part of this coast, with the exception of St. Leonards. For those who can endure little fatigue Hastings has its vicinity a good share of objects, both of interest and beauty. Of these the Castle is the nearest and best known. Situated on the West Hill, its elevation above the sea is at least 600 feet. The ruins themselves—the old chapel and its fine remaining arch, the sea prospect and the splendid range of buildings extending westward to St. Leonards —altogether form a combination ancient and modern structure of art and Nature who will quite repay the visitor for the climb up. Under the West Hill are some curious caves, which are worth a visit, especially when the attraction of lighting up is added. Two miles to the east, and standing 200 feet higher than the Castle, the elevation of Fairlight offers view which few places can rival. Speaking of Hastings, I do not know any successes like that which has attended the Queen’s Hotel. This beautiful structure, facing the Albert Memorial was built over twenty years ago, and caused a great improvement in the town, by the demolition of mean and dingy houses, necessary for its site. In its early days it only paid 5%, which increased subsequently to 7%. The management was then made over to Mr. William Glade, and under his rule and auspices business unproved with gigantic strides, and he has worked so well in the interest of the shareholder, that for the past two years the dividend has been 14½ %. —a higher rate than the best London hotels can show, from 6 to 10 being their average. I see that in 1878 so much as 20%, was paid by the Queen’s, but, to make the comparison clear, it should be stated that the dividend in that year was only paid on half the present capital. Since then the mortgage has been paid off, and Mr. Glade not only manages to give the shareholders 14½% for their capital, but also maintains in excellent order every room, chamber and corridor in the building. Over £1,000 a year spent removing the carpets, furniture and equipment’s of the establishment, so ably presided over by Mr. Glade. The Queen’s Hotel has been turned into a limited company, and its shares are quoted on the Stock Exchange.