‘Only the old Ford sign remains’ - 15 pictures of Hastings’ Hollingsworths garage site

Ford garage Hollingsworths closed in 1999 and was demolished. Since then, the site in Braybrooke Road has remained untouched -  but the Ford sign still exists.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 3:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:59 pm
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-142957001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-142957001

Writing in the Hastings Observer in 2018, local historian Ion Castro said: “By 1960, Hollingsworths Ltd. Motor Engineers & Ford main dealers had premises at 13, 14 & 15 Havelock rd.; Braybrooke rd., 11 Waterworks rd. and 91 & 93 Middle Road, Ore. By 1970 their operation had expanded so that Brampton Villa had been acquired and demolished to make way for an enlarged car park and further expansion included works and stores at another site, York Road near Silverhill bus garage. By 1974 Nos 134 and 136 Braybrooke Road had been acquired and the site cleared for further enlargement of the Hollingsworth car park where trading continued until the end of the 1990’s when the firm closed and the site was cleared. Only the surreal ‘Ford, part and Service’ sign remains.”

Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-142907001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143010001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143023001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143037001
View of Hastings Castle from the Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143104001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143143001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. Photo taken by Ion Castro in 1999 just before it was demolished. SUS-210524-142920001
Photo taken from Google Earth. Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. SUS-210524-142851001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143051001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-142931001
View of Hastings Castle from the Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143117001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143130001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-142944001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143209001
Old Hollingsworth's Ford garage site in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. The garage was demolished in 1999. Pic taken on May 24 2021. SUS-210524-143157001