RE: your article about the redevelopment of the library service (Observer, January 6).
This is a very important development for Hastings. The building in Claremont was given to the town by its then MP Thomas Brassey, who was aware that the town lacked a central point. The public library, still much appreciated by the people of Hastings, has been in the Brassey Institute in Claremont since the 1890s. It has good Victorian architecture and its main door, decorated with contemporary wall decorations, is particularly notable.
Thomas Brassey is also remembered for contributing another asset to the town: The Hastings Museum.