‘Victorian’ lamps were from the 1930s

Hastings seafront in the 1930s
Hastings seafront in the 1930s

RICHARD Gladstone isn’t quite right when he reports that the lamps on the old Hastings College are Victorian (Observer, May 13). They do in fact date from the 1930s after Sidney Little had remodelled the seafront.

Lamps of this pattern were also attached to the trolleybus traction poles which held up the overhead wiring essential for trolley vehicles and doubled as lamp standards.

At the end of the trolleybus era in 1959 the traction poles were redundant and a new style of seafront lighting was introduced.

The lamps on the old college site were salvaged during the lighting changeover in the 1960s I think, and refurbished by the students of the then Hastings College for Further Education.

I did wonder how long it would be before they ‘disappeared’.


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