Nostalgia

Nostalgia

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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Magnificient Square creates Belgravia by sea.

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes another look at Warrior Square - which earned the local name ‘Belgravia’

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The creation of a St Leonards landmark

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the early days of St Leonards landmark Warrior Square.

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Bathing pool was the answer to town’s ‘physically illiterate’

In his continuing series Ion Castro takes another look at what was Europe’s largest bathing pool and the events it hosted.

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Rise and fall of St Leonards Bathing Pool.

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the early days of The Bathing Pool.

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Crossroads forms gateway to the park

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the cross-roads at the start of Queens Road by the park gates.

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Landmark arch signals expansion of railway line.

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the famous Queens Road Arch and the expansion of the railway.

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Clock House withstands the test of time

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Clock House landmark in Queens Road.

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New Grammar School was a controversial move

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro looks at the final part of Queens Road to take shape and the building of Hastings Grammar School.

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Local firm traded through two World Wars

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro looks at the origins of local builders merchants Crew and Co.

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A painting of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Cloudesley Shovell in full fig. His mothers house in Hastings is pictured to his right. Intriguingly, an 1824 edition of The Gentlemans Magazine asserts that Shovell himself lived there for a while.

Admiral who took Gibraltar died in shipwreck tragedy

A distinguished admiral who in 1704 helped capture Gibraltar for England counted among his many civic appointments that of Commissioner of the London Sewers. The latter an amusingly apt role for a man whose surname was … Shovell!

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Celebrating the Age of Empire

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at another section of Queens Road, from Stonefield Place to Nelson Road.

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Arrival of supermarket signalled major change

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at another section of Queens Road which saw drastic changes.

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Church was once centre of now vanished parish

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro explores the area of Queens Road which was once called St Andrews.

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Town Centre once resounded to leather on willow

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the time when a cricket ground dominated the heart of the town centre in Hastings.

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Remembering the glory days when St Leonards Pier was big attraction

Gone - and nearly forgotten is the theme of a talk on the long-vanished St Leonards Pier.

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Brothers make emotional return

Brothers Keith and Rod Funnell made an emotional trip back in time when they visited the Old Town guest house where they grew up more than 60 years ago.

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Exploring the early origins of Queens Road

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro explores the remaining part of what is now Queens Road, taking in the east side of St Andrews Road, between Portland Place and Elford Street.

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The heart of Hastings town centre takes shape.

This week, in number 100 of his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at how the heart of the town centre evolved.

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