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Wild weather batters the Old Town

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro continues to look at storms and high seas, taking a look at how the Old Town fared.

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Wild and wet weather at White Rock

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes another look at how the seafront and promenade near White Rock and the Pier was exposed to the sea and elements.

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Force of nature captured in early photos

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the rough seas and towering waves that have always proved a source of fascination for photographers.

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When Hastings was a winter wonderland

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at past times when the town was blanketed in snow.

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Lifeboat gets official recognition

The Cyril and Lilian Bishop lifeboat has been awarded official status as a ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’

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Braybrooke bridged the gap to town expansion

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes another look at Braybrooke Road and a new bridge which opened up the town.

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Braybrooke area was home to a long established garage

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the Braybrooke Road area of Hastings.

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Church ruins gained listed status after century of neglect

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes another look at St Helen’s Church ruins, believed to be one of the oldest surviving buildings in Hastings.

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Ruined church is one of oldest buildings in Hastings

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the remains of one of the oldest buildings in the area.

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Advertisements give insight to Hastings in the early 1950’s

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes another look at how local businesses advertised themselves in the 1950’s.

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When Hastings was in thrall to the silver screen

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the golden age of the silver screen in Hastings and St Leonards.

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Come and discover what is going on at the Museum and Art Gallery

People are invited to come along and discover what treasures Hastings Museum and Art Gallery contains at a special event on 25 November 25 from 10am-3pm.

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1950’s advertisements show business was booming in post-war Hastings

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at advertisements for local businesses from the early 1950’s.

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Decimus Burton’s magnificent Quarry House was replaced by ‘hideous’ modern flats

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Quarry House and the rise of Burton St Leonards.

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More light on the Bluebell enigma

Former Hastings Observer news editor and award winning member of Hastings Writer’s Group Sandra Daniels has shared a piece she researched and wrote about record breaking angler and musical composer Bluebell Klean.

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Fifty years since tragic rail crash

This weekend will mark 50 years since the Hither Green rail disaster in which dozens of people lost their lives.

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Local woman was angling legend

The hunt is on to discover the final resting place of Bluebell Klean - a Hastings character who was known for being an accomplished musician and composer as well as a brilliant sea angler.

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Home was named after women’s trade union champion.

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Hazelhurst, a convalescent home for those in the printing industry, which was situated off The Ridge.

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Postmarked Oct 04 1907 Dorrie writes to her friend in Ashford This is a view of the baths belonging to the school Above the door a magnifying glass reveals UPLANDS SCHOOL and below it, in larger letters SWIMMING BATH. In its latter years the building had been painted white hiding the attractive brick detail but renovators are removing the paint revealing the original detail. Sadly the chimneys, roof finials and pierced parapet have gone. The date 1871 above the door must be when Uplands School extended the building.

The quality buildings that made their way up St Leonards’ West Hill

This week Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the eastern end of the West Hill in St Leonards

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Eversfield Hospital served the community for more than 100 years

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the history of the Eversfield Hospital in West St Leonards.

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