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.

The Railway Bridge 1898: The original caption reads Built to replace the old brick tunnel which was taken down in 1898. The three-horse omnibus to Mount Pleasant Road is seen in the picture The St. Andrews Archway, described by some as a hideous hole stood at the bottom of Queens Road, until it was replaced in 1898 with the present lofty viaduct carrying the railway over the road. The original archway or tunnel was built of bricks made from clay taken from the brick-fields on the site of the present Alexandra Park and some of the ponds in the park were originally clay pits  in those days bricks were usually made from local brick-earth in temporary kilns as close to point of use as possible.

Nostalgia: How a Hastings parish church sprang from farmland

This week, in his continuing series Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the Church and Parish of Christ Church Blacklands in Hastings from 1878 – 1928.

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St Leonards golf course spanned railway line

Ion Castro continues his look at golf courses in the borough - this week focussing on the St Leonards course.

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When Hastings boasted two golf courses

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the period when the town had two golf courses.

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Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Terrace of historic hotels survived war

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro take another look at Eversfield Place and how it survived the war intact.

This photograph of an unknown holidaymaker was found in an album dated 1934, when Bottle Alley was new  notice how low the beach is and how little shingle there is, over the next 80 years this will build up against the new groynes to the level we see today, The Eversfield Hotel can be seen in the centre

Living the High Life - Looking back at The Eversfield Hotel

This week, in his nostalgia series, Ion Castro looks at The Eversfield Hotel
Founded in 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was the air arm of the British Army before and during the First World War, until it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service on 1 April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. Hastings accommodated large numbers of cadets and many were billeted in the Palace Hotel but there was no airfield.

NOSTALGIA: When a palace ruled over Hastings seafront

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the imposing Palace Hotel and Bars on the seafront.

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Emergence of a high class shopping street

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the emergence of Robertson Street as a key shopping area.

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When the Stars and Stripes flew over Hastings

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a more detailed look at the America Ground.

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Terrace is guarded by a lion and unicorn.

This week, in his continuing series, Ion castro takes a look at the famous Hastings terrace which is book-ended by a lion and unicorn,

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The ill-fated Albany Hotel

As with the Queens Hotel, the Albany sat in the area once known as ‘The America Ground’.

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Queens Hotel rises from site of America Ground

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at how the most famous hotel in Hastings rose from land that had previously been occupied by squatters who declared themselves to be ‘independent’

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Fascinating Tudor map shows changing face of Sussex

A beautifully illustrated map of Sussex during the Tudor era is among a collection of 400-year-old drawings published this month. The maps were created by cartographer and antiquarian John Speed (1552–1629), and have been published by Batsford in a book called Britain’s Tudor Maps.

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Looking back to Sixties anniversary of Battle of Hastings.

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a topical look back at the last big anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966.

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