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 East Hill
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.
East Hill funicular lift, the steepest in the UK.
East Hill funicular lift (there is another at West Hill), undergoing
refurbishment in 2009-2010.
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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
Sandstone and mudstone cliffs of East Hill, rich in fossils from 140
million years ago.
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
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.
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
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.
Looking towards West Hill
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Beaches at the east end are entirely stony
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
other of our piers are in need of rescue, see
National Piers Society.
Looking west from the pier
Bedding is in the customary seaside style, and crumb cleanup carried
out by the usual eager volunteers.
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.
Sweet shops and souvenirs. In the second photo, you can just see
"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.
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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