TQ8209 : Fishermen's Stade

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

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Fishermen's Stade
Fishermen's Stade
Looking from the steps up to East Hill, across net huts to fishing boats on Harbour Beach, after a morning snowfall.

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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.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 February, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 21 February, 2012
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Coastal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 826 093 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.2993N 0:35.6521E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 826 095
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