The Esplanade 1925, Hastings
Memories of The Esplanade 1925, Hastings
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I was a boarder at Sandrock Hall Convent, on the Ridge in Hastings and later when I had my own children I moved back there from London so that they could enjoy the seaside life while they were young. My son and daughter used to pack themselves a picnic and go off for the day to Alexander Park and spend the whole day out there. In fact it was the very first place I ever saw a black swan. Now I live in Australia and of course we only have black swans... no white ones at all.
Hastings, Memories c1955
I used to spend my summer holidays at my grandmother's house in Middle Street and remember spending many hours in the Olympia amusement arcade at the top of the road that led into the old town. There was a juke box which played he latest Elvis, Everley Brothers and Connie Francis records. There were dodgem cars and slot machines and even a "What the Butler Saw" machine. Next to the Olympia were stairs that led up to the West Hill. I wonder if my name is still carved into the sandstone up there? Further down the street was a pie shop that sold the most delicious hot meat pies. I have fond memories of taking the lift up the East Hill and going for a picnic. There was a tea room with a wonderful view over Fairlight Glen. In the evening we would sometimes have a walk around the White Rock gardens and I remember going to see a show with Cyril Fletcher at the White Rock theatre, just across... Read more
Staying at my Grans & The Last Trolley
I remember staying with my gran, late 50's to mid 60's. She lived on Bohemia Road,106 I think the number was, sadly its no longer there. It was knocked down in the 70's. During the summer holidays I spent many a happy time there. On fine days I would climb out of a window & sit on the toilet roof with an old army telescope that came off an old ww2 anti-aircraft gun sight, and watch the ships passing in the channel. On a really clear day I could just make out the French coast. I also remember my gran taking me on the last trolley bus that ran up Bohemia Road - there was a bus stop right out side of her 'flat'. Saying that, it was a large 4 storey house; the owner lived on the ground floor, gran on 1st (2 rooms & a tiny kitchen), top floor similar to grans & a family in the basement. No bathroom,... Read more
Memories of 1970s Hollington Estate
I used to live in a large house on Battle Hill. It was a foster home run by Mr and Mrs Sweetman, they had two children of their own, David and Hayle. The house was next to a pub which I don't remember the name. I made many friends while staying there, Tina Titteral who lived on the Hollington estate was one of them. There used to be a youth club in the middle of Hollington where I spent many happy hours. As I originally came from inner London, I used to love to run through the open fields and visiting the little church near the woods. There was also a pub in the middle of Holllington Estate with a swing park in front of it. I was about 15 yrs old at the time, is there anyone who remembers this too?
Bottle Alley Mums Memory - Marjorie Perks Born 1925
My mum grew up in Hastings and she loved the place. She told us so many stories and I remember her mentioning Bottle Alley and collecting bottles to help in its construction. She left many of her own poems about Hastings and her childhood there. Really enjoy looking at the pictures. Thank You.
The sun always seemed to shine on our annual summer holiday to my grandmother's at Emmanuel Road. What excitement running down West hill to the town and the beach. There was always a ride on the boating lake, you could smell the petrol fumes from the little boats and a trip on the train! Money begged for continual "goes" on the laughing policeman machine and, of course, icecreams from Demarco (do not know how it was spelt). There were endless tales about The Caves where my grandmother and her sisters would shelter overnight from the bombing raids during the war. They were happy days!
I can also remember Bottle Alley which was the St Leonards side of the pier during the 1950's. My Mum sometimes used to take me to the Sun Lounge near Bottle Alley when I was a very small child where she would have a coffee and I would drink orange squash and there was often a pianist playing, even in the middle of the morning! We too lived in Ore (I went to Red Lake Infants and Sandown Primary schools) and we spent a lot of the summer weeks down on the beach and my Dad would join us during his lunch hour for a picnic. I can vaguely remember the tub man but not the details.
I remember the boating lake very well and I loved being taken on it by visiting relatives. The boats were dark red and had rope 'bumpers'round them and at the end of the day they all used to be collected up together in the middle of the lake which used to fascinate me as a small child. They were small motor boats with tiny steering wheels but did not go very fast at all. I also used to love going on the miniature train that started at the boating lake and went to Rock-a-Nore, which I think may still be there.
Does anyone else have any memories of 'Bottle Alley'? I think it was on the Promenade and it was a covered walk (built in Victorian times, I believe) of concrete encrusted with bottles, mainly the bottoms, in all sorts of patterns. Some of my family lived in Ore and I used to visit as a child. My other lasting memory is of the beach with the old fishmarket and 'the old man in the tub'. He was something of an eccentric (must have been!) who used to paddle along the front of the Esplanade in a tub or barrel.
This building was Chapmans Dairy and belonged to my family. It was originally two houses, numbers 22 and 23, with a stable at the rear for the ponies. The door now remaining led into the shop and the downstairs windows were bay windows. The whole building was painted white! How it has changed!
My father decided that living near London was unsafe in 1940 so I was evacuated to my aunt in Hastings. I remember the trip well, the train stopped en-route as the trains coming from the coast were full of soldiers being evacuated from Dunkirk. On arrival in Hastings I was to live in Elphinstone Avenue. My only firm memory there was being machine gunned by an ME 109 on my way to school. This happened quite often I was informed. It was a "Morning run for the German Air Force". My father, on hearing this, hurried me back to Chislehurst where it was safer (so he thought). I heard later that my uncle, Sidney Oak, had been given an award for bravery. He worked for the Council, I believe.
Hello again, Referring back to my childhood growing up in Rye, can you picture it today, eleven children, no fridge, only a larder, no washing machine, only a copper boiler, no tumble dryer, only a mangle for squeezing out the water from the clothes, and not even a T.V. and without a phone in the house, only a radio, and that is if you could afford one how would people manage today. Another item we had delivered which we had to do was sort out peas in the front room, milk was delivered by horse and cart, and you took out your jug for the milk, a chap came round now and again with a push cart to sell shrimps, bread was delivered by the baker from a van, also the butcher came around in his van to sell his meat and other odd items he carried in the van, boyhood memories, not all good I hasten to add. Stan Wilson.
Living in Rye
Hi, I lived in Rye until I went into the army in 1955. I went to the Primary School in Ferry Road, then to the Rye Secondary Modern. When the Seond World War was on we were living at Cadborough, then we moved to Military Road, a family of eleven children, and our parents. We would walk from Military Road to the train station with a pram and get a sack of coal. We would walk for miles and miles, when the mushrooms were in season we would pick them and sell them round the houses, also when the horses went by we would have to go and pick up their droppings for the allotment. Three of my sisters worked at the bedding factory, two worked at the Rye Model Laundry. We all went hop picking at Reeves Farm at Peasmarsh, we travelled from Rye to Peasmarsh in a lorry with a tilt for cover. Most of the family had hand-me-down clothes, I even started work on the Kent River Board... Read more
My Hastings Memory
I remember my gran taking for walks along Bottle Alley in the summer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I also remember her taking me on the last trolley bus to run. At the time she lived at 106 Bohemia Road, those houses have long since gone. I lived in Crowhurst at the time, I used to catch the train from Crowhust to Warrior Square, I can still 'smell' the station. Sometimes a load of us Crowhurst boys would come to Hastings and go up the East or West Cliff railway, we would have been about 10 years old at the time, 1964/65, with the older boys who were at secondary school looking after us. If anybody reading this was one of those boys, contact me, David Power, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
B. W. Matthews (butchers) 406
My wife has acquired a photo of a Butchers shop ,possibly in Hastings or Brede area
The shop nameboard is BW Matthews and shows the 4 shop staff outside the front of the building.
One of the butchers is apparently my wifes Aunts father but there are other towns with the family connection, so it may NOT be a Hastings Area photo
The photo was taken by a C W Pooke (or similar) but carries no other notes
Does anyone recognise the de scription estimate 1890-1900 photo
Can send scan
All Saints School : Miss Martin
Does anyone have any school photos,class groups etc who taught at All Saints and rose I believe to be Deputy Head.
She was my wifes Aunt and I am trying to put together a family history file to include details.
Was there a school magazine or photo archive etc
She later became Olive Gammage