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Hastings has two sections of pebble beaches.
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Pelham Beach by Oast House Archive
Pelham Beach is a 1.4km long stretch of pebble beach along Hastings sea front. It goes from the Hastings Pier at the boundary with St Leonards, to The Harbour arm breakwater.

Much of the beach, along with Pelham Place car park and the Stade family fun park, has been created from land reclaimed from the sea. With the event of the railways more tourists visited Hastings and so more beach space was required. The beach is generally pebbles but sand is exposed at low tide.

TQ8109 : Hastings Beach looking East by N Chadwick

In 1918 a disused German submarine washed up here on its way to France be scrapped. See photo External link
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Harbour Beach by Oast House Archive
The beach is used as by the beach based fishing boats.

TQ8209 : Hastings Harbour by N Chadwick

Fishing Boats

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Fishermen's Stade by Oast House Archive
Hastings has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England.

A harbour began construction in the late 1800's but funding ran out. The harbour arm was partially blown up during World War II to prevent the enemy using it, and so the boats have continued using the beach.

Around fifteen wooden and steel boats still fish and are moored on Harbour Beach to the East of the Harbour Arm. They are pushed into and pulled out of the water by bulldozers and winches. This would once have been done by horse walking around a circular winch.

The fleets future is constantly under threat due to increasing quota pressures.

TQ8209 : Fishing fleet on the beach by N Chadwick

Harbour arm

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Harbour Arm by Oast House Archive
A partially built harbour wall.

A harbour began construction in the late 1800's but funding ran out. harbour was never built and the arm was deliberately partially blown up during World War II to prevent the enemy landing on it.

TQ8209 : Harbour Arm by Oast House Archive

RNLI Life Boat Station

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Hastings Lifeboat Station by Oast House Archive
The current lifeboat station was built in 1995, it has a visitor centre open through much of the year. Found at The Stade off East Parade in the Old Town.

See the lifeboat LinkExternal link

TQ8209 : Hastings Lifeboat Station, Sussex by Peter Trimming

Stade Family fun park

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Stade Family Fun Park by Oast House Archive
The park lies along Hastings sea front in the Old Town. The park includes fairground rides, crazy golf, trampolines, a boating pool, a miniature railway, and children's go-karting.

TQ8209 : Speed Wave, Hastings Amusements by Oast House Archive

The Pier

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Hastings Pier by Oast House Archive
Opened 1872 - Closed 2007 - Length 910ft

The pier was closed in 2006 and 2007 due to structural decay, and was due to be restored after the council had completed a compulsory purchase order.

On 5th October 2010, the pier was set alight by arsonists destroying most of the buildings. This was just hours after a competition was opened to redesign the pier. Despite taking four days to put out, the pier itself was said to be structurally sound, and the competition was still run, with a firm chosen.

In November 2012 a £11.4million lottery grant was awarded towards the pier rebuild. The total cost is only estimated at £13.9 million as the accommodation will be signicantly smaller than its original form.

It is set to reopen in March 2016.

Also see Pleasure Piers of Great Britain LinkExternal link

TQ8109 : Hastings Pier by Glen Diamond


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