Nostalgia

Nostalgia

The quality buildings that made their way up St Leonards’ West Hill

This week Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the eastern end of the West Hill in St Leonards

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Eversfield Hospital served the community for more than 100 years

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the Eversfield Hospital in West St Leonards.

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Vanished hospital catered for the needs of ‘distressed gentlewomen’

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro explores the Chelsea Hospital, which once catered for ‘distressed gentlewomen’.

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A heavily retouched trackside view of West Marina Station in the 1890s. Notice the track ballast, hiding the sleepers, it also hid signs of rot and decay so the practice was revised and sleepers are now visible although, with concrete sleepers it is now less critical. SUS-170919-084928001

A nursery rhyme hides the wretched secrets of New England Bank

It’s popularly accepted that the area of West Marina known as Bo Peep, Bo-Peep or Bopeep derived its name from the hide-and-seek proceedings of smugglers, who were very active in the then very thinly populated district as in the old nursery rhyme, Little Bo-Peep:

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Area formed impressive bastion of western St Leonards

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro continues to explore the Grosvenor Gardens area,

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War hero returns to green roots

A trip to a 1930’s greenhouse brought back war-time memories for former gardener Bernard Mallion.

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Old smuggler’s haunt became Victorian public gardens

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the Grosvenor Gardens area.

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Cornwallis Gardens were once a local seat of learning

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at how Cornwallis Gardens evolved.

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When schools and hospitals populated Holmesdale Gardens

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Holmesdale Gardens.

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Crash bang wallop - what a picture!

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the craze for beach photography.

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A collection of curios as Square gives up its secrets

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a last look at the development of Wellington Square as it entered the 20th century.

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Rise and decline of Square as buses move in

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes another look at the evolution of Wellington Square which, during its decline, was in danger of becoming a car park.

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Historic Square at centre of new town

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the Hastings town centre spring up around Wellington Square.

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Square symbolised the birth of well-to-do Hastings

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the early days of Wellington Square.

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Rooms with a view - hotels spring up in Square

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the many hotels surrounding Warrior Square in its glory days.

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A temporary ceremonial arch was created at the entrance to Hastings Station forecourt and the image is looking down Havelock Road with the Old Golden Cross Pub (now Flairz) seen on the left.

A royal visit from a prince and princess brings a day of festivities

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the pageantry that surrounded a royal visit to Hastings and St Leonards

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Historic Square under fire from Luftwaffe

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Warrior Square in the 1930’s and 1940’s when it was badly damaged during air raids.

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When Suffragette leader Pankhurst held court at Warrior Square

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro looks at when Warrior Square was a major centre for culture and hosted political speakers.

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