When German submarines washed ashore

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This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes another look at pictures from Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present by Henry Cousins.

Ion writes: Henry Cousins’ first published in this in 1911 and its popularity led to a second edition in 1920 with a whole page of reviews from local papers eulogising the first edition.

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The 1920 edition brings us up to date. The original pictures are there but the captions and text have been updated. U118 - the submarine washed ashore at Harold Place is commented on and has a less well-known view of it being dismantled on the beach. As a ‘stop-press’ it’s noted that another submarine had been washed ashore at Bulverhythe (U131).

Pictured here is one of Dick Russell’s motor coaches (1920). It is the same picture as in 1912 with the Fountain Inn (Marina) in the background.

Viscountess Jocelyn’s House, White Rock Villa, is shown, but Cousins does not share any real information about Viscountess Jocelyn.

in 1911 it is remarked that it was being used for storage by the corporation and by 1920 it was noted that the building had gone, as part of the remodelling of the front of White Rock Gardens. It occupied the high ground behind the Grand Hotel / Hospital (Waverley Court / White Rock Theatre) and would have been visible on the skyline from the Pier but who was the Viscountess?

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Lady Frances Jocelyn was an aristocratic woman who took up photography in the late 1850’s. She was born Frances Elizabeth Cowper on 9th February 1820 in London.

In 1837, at the age of 17 and “in the full bloom of her beauty”, Frances, known as Fanny to her friends, was chosen by Queen Victoria to be one of her train-bearers at her Coronation ceremony on June 28 1838. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, Fanny served as one of the twelve bridesmaids.

The Swan Hotel” in High Street is shown bearing the posters for its auction in 1889 after which it was demolished and rebuilt on a smaller scale to be obliterated in an air raid on 23rd May 1943 with huge loss of life. The site is now a memorial garden.

Hastings Station”, seen from the Linton Road Bridge, was operated by two railway companies, the ‘London, Brighton and South Coast Railway’ and the South-Eastern and Chatham Railway shows its original triangular layout with the ‘Brighton Siding’ on the right that was to last until the early 1930’s when the station was rebuilt. The building at the end of Braybrooke Road was a post office at that time

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White Rock Parade and Hospital shows the area before the White Rock Theatre, operned in 1927, was built.

All illustrations throughout this series are from Ion Castro’s own collection and there’s more local history on his website, www.historichastings.co.uk.

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