Hastings Then and Now, by local historian Mark Harvey, is published by The
History Press.
Hastings Then and Now, by local historian Mark Harvey, is published by The History Press.

Book of photographs compares Hastings then and as it was ten years ago

In some parts of town, there is little visible change from the scenes that would have been commonplace during the Victorian era, other parts have changed beyond recognition.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 1:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th January 2022, 3:15 pm

Hastings Then and Now, published ten years ago, by local historian Mark Harvey illustrates the changing face of Hastings, by comparing side-by-side, images of key streets and landmarks from Victorian and Edwardian times, with the present-day view.

At the time of publication Mr Harvey said: “Little changes take place very slowly, but when you are faced with a photo, that shows what it used to be, and what it is now.

“Writing a book is a very good way of finding out things you don’t know about the town as well.”

Forty-four areas of the town are covered in the book, which includes shots of the East Hill, George Street, and the bathing pool.

Alongside the images is a short history of each site, and Mr Harvey has been careful to try to include information that has not already been published in other books.

He sees many of the visible changes as negative, the loss of old buildings such as Hastings Grammar School being one example, and the increase in traffic, but there have been some positives.

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