Past and present meet

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The hidden history of Hastings is revealed in this fascinating series of pictures that merge modern snaps of the town with images of the same spots from centuries past.

Holidaymakers from 2015 stroll past Pelham Crescent while across the road a lady from a different era sells seashells and sponges.

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Children presumably, from the late Victorian times, gather round the Old Town water pump, in Rock-a-Nore, while the Simply Italian restaurant is converted back to the Rising Sun brewery and pub, which operated from about 1854-1943.

The Star in the East pub is shown as it was right next to the Dolphin.

The images were created by Mark Loxley, 45, of Tollwood Road, Horam. Some of the original old photographs were given to him by the Fisherman’s Museum, while others he tracked down online.

“It takes a long time to get the angle just right,” said Mark, who blurs his new photograph with the old in Photoshop. “But it’s surprising how not much has changed, when you’re walking around with an old photo printed out.

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“It’s just a bit of fun, and I’m interested in the history of the buildings.”

Mark, a welder who also runs a photography business as Loxleyphotography, has modernised historic snaps of Shoreditch, Brighton, and several Sussex towns.

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