Hastings Local History Group

SEVERAL interesting facts were revealed at a recent meeting, with regards to Ore village.

The manor of Ore was at Ore Place and it is recorded that in 1100, Ailric de Ore was paying tithes to Battle Abbey. St Helen's Church may have been established as early as the 8th century and the original village was in this area.

Research has been carried out by Brian Lawes using the census, combined with Pigott's Directory, into the lives of some who lived in Courthouse Street in 1841. For instance, there were 152 people living in 24 households, with an average of seven to eight in each dwelling.

One who lived there was Louise Pollard, who was aged six and listed as a maker of straw hats. Many children were employed at that time for making articles that required small nimble fingers.

Heather, researching the history of a family who lived in Bohemia Road in 1851, discovered there were 15 people living in a small Bohemia Terrace house. The parents had seven children and were also sub-letting to a couple with four children.

Bygones 6 is selling well and is quoted as being excellent. For further information about the group, which meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, contact Brian on 437253.

The next meeting is on Tuesday February 19 at 7.30pm at Calvert Methodist Church, off the Calvert Road entrance.

The speaker, historian Steve Peak, will talk about the history of local newspapers.

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