Baird’s house to feature in documentary

THE house where John Logie Baird created television is to feature in an ITV series tonight (Friday).

The property in Linton Road comes in the top 10 ‘most remarkable buildings’ in the series Britain’s Secret Homes, which airs tonight at 9pm.

Local historian Steve Peak said: “The national significance of Baird’s house is all thanks to a walk he took in Hastings Country Park.

“In his autobiography Sermons Soap and Television, Baird says that in 1922, while he was still only thinking about television, he was staying at a friend’s house in Hastings to recover from an illness and: “I went for a walk over the cliffs to Fairlight Glen, and my mind went back to my early work on television. Might there not be something in it now?”

“He thought out a complete system and returned to where he was staying in Linton Road, and with his friend constructed a ‘means of seeing by wireless’ from a lot of odds and ends.

“The fact that Hastings Country Park was the birthplace of television should be a major part of the town’s tourism promotion.”

Baird is often referred to as the ‘father of television’.

He moved to Hastings in the early 1920s due to poor health. He later rented a workshop in Queen’s Arcade in the town.

Baird built what was to become the world’s first working television set using items including an old hatbox and a pair of scissors, some darning needles, a few bicycle light lenses, a used tea chest, and sealing wax and glue that he bought.

In his laboratory in 1925, Baird successfully transmitted the first television picture with a greyscale image: the head of a ventriloquist’s dummy.

He demonstrated the world’s first colour transmission on July 3, 1928.