Many people have been pleasantly surprised and delighted by Hastings’ high ranking for heritage in England.
The town is the fifth-highest town in the country for heritage, according to the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney said the authority has worked hard to promote the town’s ‘culture and creativity’.
“This research conducted by the Royal Society of Arts shows that Hastings is amongst the very best towns in Britain for the cultural assets and cultural activity that takes place, bettered only by the City of London, Kensington and Chelsea and Cambridge,” he said.
“Hastings Council has put a lot of effort into promoting our town’s culture and creativity, because we see it as a key part of economic regeneration.
“This survey confirms that we’re right to do that, so we’ll keep promoting Hastings as the cultural capital of the south east, getting more people to visit and discover the intriguing variety of cultural delights on offer in Hastings.”
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 made the town famous and Battle Abbey Property Manager Jo Stewart believes the ranking is well deserved given its role in British history.
“I am very pleased that Hastings has been named among the top five English ‘heritage assets’,” she said.
“It is great that 1066 country is being recognised for the importance of its culture and heritage.
“It is, after all, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, possibly the most famous date in English history.”
Hastings performed particularly well in its parks and open spaces.
Hastings Natural History Society has been celebrating the town’s natural spaces since 1893.
Secretary Andrew Warrington said: “Hastings gets a lot of bad press but it’s generally undeserved – it’s beautiful with so much undisturbed countryside.”
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