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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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Vanished hospital catered for the needs of ‘distressed gentlewomen’

This week, in his ongoing series, Ion Castro explores the Chelsea Hospital, which once catered for ‘distressed gentlewomen’.

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A nursery rhyme hides the wretched secrets of New England Bank

It’s popularly accepted that the area of West Marina known as Bo Peep, Bo-Peep or Bopeep derived its name from the hide-and-seek proceedings of smugglers, who were very active in the then very thinly populated district as in the old nursery rhyme, Little Bo-Peep:

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Area formed impressive bastion of western St Leonards

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro continues to explore the Grosvenor Gardens area,

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War hero returns to green roots

A trip to a 1930’s greenhouse brought back war-time memories for former gardener Bernard Mallion.

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Old smuggler’s haunt became Victorian public gardens

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at the Grosvenor Gardens area.

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Cornwallis Gardens were once a local seat of learning

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at how Cornwallis Gardens evolved.

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When schools and hospitals populated Holmesdale Gardens

This week, in his continuing series, Ion Castro takes a look at Holmesdale Gardens.

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