TQ8209 : Beach Based Fishing Boats

taken 8 years ago, near to Hastings, East Sussex, Great Britain

Beach Based Fishing Boats
Beach Based Fishing Boats
Looking from the harbour arm, looking to the beach based fishing boats, with net huts, East hill and funicular railway to rear.

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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.
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.
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
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TQ8209, 3915 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 16 August, 2010
Geographical Context
Coastal 
Primary Subject of Photo
Boat 
Category
Fishing boats   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 826 093 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.3003N 0:35.6095E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 824 092
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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