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Book from local author is a window to town’s past

A new illustrated book by Hastings author Frederick Crouch explores the unseen history of Hastings and St Leonards.

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How a London architect created St Leonards

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the changing face of St.Leonards’ Seafront.

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The changing face of Hastings Seafront

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at how the seafront at Hastings has changed over the years.

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NOSTALGIA: Exploring the heart of Hastings fishing quarter

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the Rock-a-Nore, in the heart of the Old Town fishing quarter.

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Nostalgia: How a grandly designed Hastings church became a cultural centre

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at more lost churches and the changing townscape.

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The lost churches of Hastings and St Leonards

In his continuing series Ion Castro takes a look at how the disappearance of churches changed many street scenes.

He writes.

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Holiday snaps from Hastings in 1900

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at more pictures from William Porter’s Photograph Album.

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Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

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Photographs unseen for over a century

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at photographs from 1914 which provide a fascinating insight to life in the town.

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Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.

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Boats and Braybrooke on film

Ion Castro looks at another private album in the latest of his ongoing series.

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Personal album opens a window to the past

This week, in his continuing series Ion Castro takes a fascinating glimpse into a personal photo album from 1929.

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Legendary lifeboat is coming home

Local heroes Dee-Day White and Tush Hamilton are on the verge of bringing a lost lifeboat back to Hastings again.

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When steamers sailed from the Pier to France

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the days when steamers provided pleasure cruises from Hastings Pier.

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Pier was pleasure palace 100 years ago

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at entertainment offered on the pier 100 years ago.

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Eugenius Birch opens his new 910ft pier

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro looks at Eugenius Birch’s magnificent pier which opened on the first ever August Bank Holiday, in 1872, at a cost of £23,250.

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How Hastings Pier looked before 1900

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Casto takes a look at Hastings Pier before 1900

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This view from the East Hill dates from the mid 1860s, in the right foreground are Lindsell Cottages newly built for the Hastings Cottage Improvement Society in 1862. Notice how close to the houses the shoreline is and the horse-capstans in the foreground. The registration letters of the fishing boats changed around this time and some can still be seen sporting their pre-RX registrations of RE. Bathing machine can bee seen at the waters edge in the distance.

How Hastings seafront looked before the pier

Work started on building the Hastings Pier on December 18 1869 with the first pile being driven or, more accurately screwed (because this was an Eugenius Birch pier) into the seabed at 3am and it was opened to the public on the first ever August Bank Holiday, Monday August 5 1872, by then Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, the Earl of Granville, but what was there before that?

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When a ship burned off Hastings for three days

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at a dramatic incident when a steam ship caught fire off the coast of Hastings.

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Arch was gateway to St Leonards

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the birth of St Leonards.

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