Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Hastings

Posted in Hastings trip, Net huts by sheelanagigcomedienne on December 12, 2013

We had a delightful trip to Hastings in early December 2013 when we stayed in our friend Linda’s cosy little flat in the old town just off the High Street.

 

Sinnock Square

Sinnock Square

 

Colourful houses in Sinnock Square

Colourful houses in Sinnock Square

The flat in Sinnock Square

 

We have been coming to stay here for about 20 years and we love it. I certainly need my regular injections of seaside having lived my earlier life by the sea in Galway.

Hastings has so much. The charming old town pubs.

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town

 

Along George Street

Along George Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pubs. We frequented some of our favourites.

The Stag

The Stag

 

 

The Cinque Ports

The Cinque Ports

The Anchor George Street

The Anchor George Street

 

The Filo High Street Our favourite

The Filo High Street
Our favourite

The First in Last Out which had great jazz – Django Jazz.

FILO fireplace

FILO fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porters Wine Bar which often has the famed local jazz singer Leane Carroll gigging.

Porters Wine bar

Porters Wine bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

green door

Lavender Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe on George Street

Cafe on George Street

Hastings cricketer

Hastings cricketer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Clement's gate

St Clement’s gate

Dead fish on beach

Dead fish on beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooftops in summer

Rooftops in summer

 

Old town

Old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xmas lights

White horse

White horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed a glass of port in the General Havelock after shopping in the charity shops etc while Dave went hiking.

Havelock mural

Havelock mural

 

Havelock tiles

Havelock tiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Stade with the net huts. We especially love to go down there at night after dark after been to the pub!

Net huts

Net huts

 

 

 

 

 

Hastings boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

The busiest beach launched fishing industry in Europe. RX is their registration.

 

 

Seaside entertainment –

Hastings golf

Hastings golf

 

Pirate golf

Pirate golf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice rink Hastings Meadow

Ice rink Hastings Meadow

 

Jerwood gallery

Jerwood gallery

 

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History.  Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England;
This from the wonderful Bayeux Tapestry depict the Battle of Hastings.

Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had our walks along the front to the pier which alas burned down.

Hastings pier on fire

Hastings pier on fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw a wonderful sunset.

We visited the Jerwood Gallery on free entrance first-Tuesday-of-the-month.

Jerwood gallery view from the cafe

Jerwood gallery view from the cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I liked this on a metal door.

Doggy a la Banksyl

Doggy a la Banksyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here be a list of some of Hastings illustrious residents.

John Logie Baird
Elizabeth Blackwell
Sophia Jex Blake
Barbara Bodichon
Decimus Burton
James Burton
Thomas Brassey
Teilhard De Chardin
Harry Furniss
Dorothy Gardner
Rider Haggard
Sheila Kaye-Smith
Captain Sir John Kincaid
George Macdonald
George Monger VC
General James Murray
Marianne North
Grey Owl
Coventry Patmore
Robert Tressell
Sir Arthur Wellesley

Famous Residents – Hastings Borough Council

Elizabeth Blackwell 1821-1910 was the first woman to qualify as a doctor and have her name on the Medical Register. She lived at Rock House, Exmouth Place, Hastings from the 1870s to her death in 1910. She was the first professor of Gynaecology the London, now Royal Free Hospital and also practised in Hastings.

Sophia Jex Blake 1840-1912 was born in Hastings at 3 Croft Place and christened at St Clements’s Church. Having studied under Elizabeth Blackwell in the USA Sophia Jex Blake was one of the first women to qualify in medicine in this country at Edinburgh University. In 1874 she founded the London School of Medicine for Women, now the Royal Free Hospital.

Barbara Bodichon 1827-1890 was a nineteenth century advocate of women’s rights, painter and founder of Girton College, Cambridge. Barbara Bodichon was born at Whatlington and was brought up in Hastings and the surrounding area. In 1860 she built Scalands Gate on the road between Robertsbridge and Brightling where she entertained many of the leading figures of the day including Gladstone Rossetti and William Morris.

Robert Tressell 1870-1910 was author of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ written during the time he lived in Hastings between 1902 and 1910. Robert Tressell was the pseudonym of Robert Noonan who was born in Dublin son of an policeman who had a family but provided for himand spent some time in South Africa before coming to Hastings to work as a signwriter, painter and decorator. He painted murals in St Andrews and St Johns Churches, also at Val Muscal off Gillsmans Hill and the Cadena Café at White Rock. His book is based on his own experience of the poverty and hardship suffered by workers in the building trade in Hastings in the early years of the century.

Robert Tressel Author of The ragged trousered philanthropist

Robert Tressel
Author of The ragged trousered philanthropist

 

Catherine Cookson author.

Catherine Cookson- a very popular author

Catherine Cookson- a very popular author

Catherine McMullen took the position of Laundry Manageress at the Workhouses when she first came to Hastings in 1929 saving every penny to buy a large Victorian house, and then taking in lodgers to supplement her income.

This became the Municipal Hospital. Catherine rented part of West Hill House in Exmouth Place from 1931 to 1933.
In 1932, Catherine bought The Hurst, 114 Hoads Wood Road, Hastings. Here she ran a guest house for people suffering from tuberculosis, epilepsy and other such illnesses.
She was married to Tom Cookson at St Mary Star of the Sea in Hastings High Street in 1940.

 

Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A poet and painter, Dante Gabriel Rosetti payed numerous visits to Hastings during his life. Having initially stayed in a local inn, he found lodgings at 5 High Street in Hastings old town, where his model Elizabeth Siddal also had rooms. Many portrait sketches of Elizabeth were made at this house and eight of his letters written from this house are still in existence.
During 1860 Rosetti visited Hastings again and stayed in The Cutter in East Parade prior to marrying Elizabeth in St Clements Church. There are still memorials to him in the church to this day.

 

The Duke of Wellington.

Duke of Wellington

Duke of Wellington

 

Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley was Knighted for serving a very successful term in India from 1796 to 1805. Upon his return to England he was posted to Hastings in 1806 in order to take command of the brigade of infantry. His troop was based locally and he stayed at 54 High Street, using this as his headquarters.

The Swan Inn (situated opposite 54 High Street) was used for a public dinner in his honour in April 1806.

Wellesley then travelled back to his place of birth in Dublin and married Catherine Lady Pakenham, bringing her back to Hastings, where they lived at Hastings House, a beautiful Palladian Mansion at the North end of Tackleway. The plot where Hastings House and gardens once stood is now occupied by Old Humphry Avenue.
In 1829, the duke was installed as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

 

Jo Brand went to school in Hastings.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand

I love the shiny silver sculptings

silver Octopussilver sculpts hastings

 

 

We went to see a quirky French film called Populaire at 11.00 am which was part of the silver screening for old folks in the bijou cinema THE ELECTRIC PALACE on the High Street. It is soo charming.

Electric Palace Hastings

Electric Palace Hastings

 

 

As you can gather we love Hastings and we always have the yummiest fish and chips from the Blue Dolphin.

Blue Dolphin fish and chips

Blue Dolphin fish and chips

 

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