Elizabethan Harbour

From Historical Hastings

The Elizabethan harbour was constructed at a time when the town's natural estuary provided sufficient depth for large vessels to lay in the bay and unload at the wooden harbour arm. This was located below the west fort and was destroyed by a heavy storm. An attempt to raise funds for the reconstruction was undertaken, but all of the funds fell into private purses.[1] During the early-mid 1800s, the remains of the harbour could be seen at low tide and are still sometimes visible as a line of large piles of rock and three to four rows of timbers.[2]



  1. A Guide to Hastings & St Leonards (Thomas Ross 1835) pg.58 Google Books
  2. A Guide to Hastings & St Leonards (Thomas Ross 1835) pg.59 Google Books