St Leonards and Hastings

St Leonards-on-Sea (or for short, St Leonards) is part of Hastings, East Sussex, England, lying immediately to the west of the centre. The original part of the settlement was laid out in the early 19th century as a new town: a place of elegant houses designed for the well-off; it also included a central public garden, a hotel, an archery, assembly rooms and a church. Today’s St Leonards has extended well beyond that original design, although the original town still exists within it.

Hastings is on the coast of East Sussex in England. It includes originally separate settlements, as well as the inevitable growth of the town through the building of new estates.

In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; it has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England. As with many other such places, the town became a watering place in the 1760s, and then, with the coming of the railway, a seaside resort. The Town is sometimes referred to as “the birthplace of television” since the pioneer of television, John Logie Baird, lived at 21 Linton Crescent from 1922 to 1924.

The attraction of Hastings as a tourist destination continues; it caters for wider tastes, being home to internationally-based cultural and sporting events, such as chess and running. ~ from Wikipedia

Steve Peak’s The Hastings Chronicle is a fantastic website for history lovers – with a day by day events history for St Leonards and Hastings, and old photos of the area.

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