Hastings Senior Men’s Forum

ON February 26 we had an illustrated talk from John Chisholm on a Picture Postcard Tour of Sussex.

These were postcards produced by a printer from paintings from a gifted artist a Mr A R Quinton who was born in 1853 and made many of these landscape paintings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

We viewed many images from across East and West Sussex as they were then and we could see the changes in landscape and buildings that we see today.

Of particular interest to our members were images of Bexhill and the Hastings area; for example views of Hastings pier in all its glory, and St Leonards pier which is now no longer in existence.

There were views of the Bexhill promenade before the De La Warr Pavilion was built and the Victorian shelters on the front which have been long gone. Looking at these images reminded us of how our area was, and perhaps in many cases progress as we see our area today may not be an improvement with all the advancements we have made.

The reproduction of these images by our speaker were excellent and we all appreciated this visual look into the past.