From Historical Hastings

The caravan site known as Rocklands used to be a school and before that, a private house and smallholding. The land was part of the Countess Waldegrave's holdings[1]. A Superintendant of the Coast-Guard, Commander Peat is recorded as having been resident here for three years[2]

Promontory Fort[edit]

A promontory fort exists under part of the Rocklands site consisting of a rampart about 300 metres long across the at the highest point running north-west to south-east[3]. Part of the rampart can still be seen on the site as a raised bank some 7 metres high.[4] Activities on the current caravan site are believed to have disturbed some of the associated earthworks.



  1. Hastings, past and present (Mary Matilda Howard) pg. 105 Google Books
  2. Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling: John Banks (1873) Pg. 91 Google Books
  3. East Hill, Hastings, East Sussex - A Landscape Survey and Investigation Survey Report - Michael Fradley and Sarah Newsome (English Heritage) ISSN 1749-8775
  4. Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present (Anthony Belt F.L.S.) 1937 pg.37 ESCC Library