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In the year 915 the town was known as Haestingaceaster (Roman settlement of the family/followers of Haesta) – Haesta was a Jute (Dane) who settled there in the 5th century, although the site has been occupied since prehistoric times. Hastings visitors website Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

View from West Hill
View from West Hill

View from East Hill
View from East Hill

Hastings Old Town fishermen's storage sheds
Net huts in Rock-A-Nore Road in the old town. They were built when nets had to be dried to prevent rotting, but nowadays the nets are nylon and can be left out, so the huts are used for other storage. They are tall because of the limited space at the head of this beach in Victorian times when they were built and also to avoid paying excess ground tax.. At this east end of the town there is a large seafront car park, a sea life centre and a fishermen's museum. See item below re net-shed-type bird-boxes using recycled wood.

Fishermen's storage sheds

Hastings East Hill cliff railway
East Hill funicular lift, the steepest in the UK.

Hastings East Hill cliff railway ticket office
East Hill funicular lift (there is another at West Hill), undergoing refurbishment in 2009-2010.


Hastings, beacon on top of East Hill
Bonfire beacon on East Hill. This is lit each October by the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society, as part of their torch-lit procession around the town, with firework displays

Hastings east cliffs
Sandstone and mudstone cliffs of East Hill, rich in fossils from 140 million years ago.

Hastings Pelham beach summer
Pelham beach in summer. The concrete structure in the distance is the remains of a harbour arm. The first attempt at building this took place in the 16th century but storms destroyed the foundations. Another effort was made in 1896 to build a harbour for the town but it remained uncompleted – not enough money and too many storms. The remains of it were partially blown up in the Second World War to prevent any invading ships from using it. Hastings' fishing boats are all launched from the beach.

Hastings east beach winter
East beach in winter. The winter storms attack the cliffs, producing occasional rockfalls and a new crop of fossils for the hunters. Geological info and advice on safety from

Hastings Old Town shops
West Street in the old town with book/antique shops and cafés. Modern central Hastings is exactly as you would guess, good shopping but no photo needed.

Hastings town
Looking towards West Hill


Hastings central seafront
Beaches at the east end are entirely stony

Hastings pier
Nearer the pier and west, flat sand shows at low tide

Suffered extensive fire damage in October 2010, but now back in local ownership, and renovated and reopened in April 2016.

Many other of our piers are in need of rescue, see National Piers Society.

Hastings west
Looking west from the pier

Hastings bedding Hastings seagulls
Bedding is in the customary seaside style, and crumb cleanup carried out by the usual eager volunteers.

Hastings seafood shops Hastings seafood shops Hastings seafood shops
Seafood and refreshments. Non-UK visitors need to know that seafood "Rock" or "Rock salmon" is huss (spiny dogfish, a type of small shark). Sweet shop "Rock" is hard sugar/candy, pure entertainment and dentists' delight/displeasure (depending on your dentist). It will leave you in no doubt as to the security of your dental fillings.

Hastings sweets kiosk Hastings souvenir shop Hastings cliffs steel rock nets
Sweet shops and souvenirs. In the second photo, you can just see the triangular "Beware falling rocks" sign to the left of the lamppost. There are giant steel mesh nets along the East Hill cliff base to catch any debris.

Hastings beach gear and souvenir shop Hastings funfair and arcades Hastings seafront shelter
Beach gear, funfair, arcades and seafront shelter. Hastings has successfully retained its interesting character and architecture, while providing all the expected seaside entertainments.



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