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One of the founders of the [[Croft Road School House]], John Banks was the last headmaster of [[Parker's School]] immediately prior to the Parker’s, [[Hastings Grammar School|Saunders']] and part of the [[Magdalen Charities]] amalgamation under the name of the [[Hastings Grammar School]].
 
One of the founders of the [[Croft Road School House]], John Banks was the last headmaster of [[Parker's School]] immediately prior to the Parker’s, [[Hastings Grammar School|Saunders']] and part of the [[Magdalen Charities]] amalgamation under the name of the [[Hastings Grammar School]].
  
Born in [[Russell Court]] off [[George Street]] in 1807, Prior to 1838, Banks was listed as being resident at [[Croft Road School House]]. John had many diverse interests that included land surveying and from 1833 onwards he produced a large number of maps and plans of the town as required by the Improvement Act of 1832. He also kept the weekly weather record that was published in the [[The Hastings & St Leonards Observer]] and recorded one of the wettest days to occur in the history of the town (June 28th, 1861) when over 2 inches (over 50mm) of rain fell and parts of the town were flooded.<ref name="fohc"/>
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Born in [[Russell Court]] off [[George Street]] in 1807, Prior to 1838, Banks was listed as being resident at [[Croft Road School House]]. John had many diverse interests that included land surveying and from 1833 onwards he produced a large number of maps and plans of the town as required by the Improvement Act of 1832. He also kept the weekly weather record that was published in the [[The Hastings & St Leonards Observer]] and recorded one of the wettest days to occur in the history of the town (June 28th, 1861) when over 2 inches (over 50mm) of rain fell and parts of the town were flooded.<ref name="fohc"/>1
  
 
Banks was a founder member of The [[Hastings Mechanics’ Institution|Hastings Mechanics Institute]] in 1834 and was involved with it for the rest of his life, for a long period as secretary and also as president. He gave lectures on all subjects from astronomy to chemistry; “Without the least pretension to eloquence or finished rhetoric, he stands before his audience a plain-speaking man, thoroughly understanding his subject and telling his hearers in plain Saxon what he knows”.<ref name="fohc"/> One of his lectures that deserves wider exposure is that his talk on [[Smugglers|smuggling]] entitled 'Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling'<ref>[[Google Books]]: {{GoogBk|YUoBAAAAQAAJ}}</ref> which was later published and gives a comprehensive airing to smuggler's activities in the area.
 
Banks was a founder member of The [[Hastings Mechanics’ Institution|Hastings Mechanics Institute]] in 1834 and was involved with it for the rest of his life, for a long period as secretary and also as president. He gave lectures on all subjects from astronomy to chemistry; “Without the least pretension to eloquence or finished rhetoric, he stands before his audience a plain-speaking man, thoroughly understanding his subject and telling his hearers in plain Saxon what he knows”.<ref name="fohc"/> One of his lectures that deserves wider exposure is that his talk on [[Smugglers|smuggling]] entitled 'Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling'<ref>[[Google Books]]: {{GoogBk|YUoBAAAAQAAJ}}</ref> which was later published and gives a comprehensive airing to smuggler's activities in the area.

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