TQ8209 : Hastings Old Town

taken 7 years ago, near to Hastings, East Sussex, Great Britain

Hastings Old Town
Hastings Old Town
Viewed from West Hill, East Hill is on other side of the Old Town. All Saints[1] and St Mary Star of the Sea[2] churches to left, Funicular railway[3] to centre on East Hill, Stade Family Fun park[4], fishing huts[5] and boats[6] to right.
1. Church of All Saints
Grade B Listed LinkExternal link stone built church, built circa 1436.
3. East Hill Lift
Found mid way along Rock-A-Nore Road, the East hill lift is an Edwardian funicular cliff railway which was opened in 1902. It was originally powered by water, then electricity from 1976. The track length is 81m, and at 1:1.128 it is currently the steepest railway in Britain.

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After being shut for 3 years the lift was reopened in March 2010.

Also see West Hill Lift LinkExternal link
4. Stade Family Fun Park
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.
5. Fishing Net Huts
The huts were used to store fishing nets and equipment. The weatherboarded structures were around 25 feet high and 8 feet square. Due to the lack of space the huts were restricted to 8 square feet at the base, so they were built tall.

There are around 43 remaining in Hastings, which were Grade II listed in the 1970s. Most are found to the Fishermans Stade along Rock-A-Nore Road There were once many more which were destroyed by storms or demolished in the 1950s for redevelopment.
6. Fishermen's Stade
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.
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TQ8209, 3512 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Town 
Category
Old town   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 824 095 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.3903N 0:35.4440E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 821 094
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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