Priory Stream

From Historical Hastings

The Priory Stream has two main sources; one being the Old Roar Ghyll waterfalls, the other originating in Ore and snaking its way down the valley towards Beaconsfield Road and merging in Alexandra Park.

Prehistoric Times[edit]

It is claimed by Anthony Belt in his book "Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present" that during the times of prehistoric man, various duck were snared and grouse & black game could be hunted.[1]

Use of Stream[edit]

At one time, the stream powered a Watermill roughly located at the Queens Road and Waterworks Road junction. Ross reported finding traces of an ironworking site[2] in the valley near Christ Church Blacklands and the name of 'Ponbay Bridge' may be the corruption of the term 'Pond Bay' - this being a typical feature of iron-workings.


The lower portion of the stream was culverted for the rest of its route roughly following the route of Queens Road, appearing again at a pipe on the beach nearly opposite Harold Place in 1834/5[3][4], with the remainder up towards Alexandra Park being culverted once the Railway Embankment was constructed around 1846[5]



  1. Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present (Anthony Belt F.L.S.) 1937 pg.31 ESCC Library
  2. The Antiquities of Hastings and the Battlefield (Thomas Cole 1864) Pg. 23 Google Books - 1864 ESCC Library. A later edition is also available: ESCC Library - 1884
  3. Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.304 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books " Amazon
  4. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 2 Chap. 19
  5. Queens Road