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Welcome to the Historical Hastings Wiki
Featured Pages
Manuscript HistoriesThe Brett Manuscripts
(currently being transcribed)
Transport RoutesHarbour
The Author of Historic Hastings‎J. Manwaring Baines (1910-2002)
Housing in the townNamed Buildings
(298 pages)
Personal Histories‎Pen Portrait of Hastings 1889
Local Surnames
(165 surnames)
The Whyborn Family
The Tourist TradeBeach Photographs through time
Images by decadeHastings during and post-WW2
Help to improve this historyPages needing more content
Featured Place of Worship:All Souls Church

The Historical Hastings Wiki was originally planned as a supporting website for the author to both the Historical Hastings Facebook group and a mapping site (currently undergoing re-development, but visible in its current incarnation here) as well as a personal research tool. It has rapidly grown to be much more. The ultimate aim is to develop this down to individual property/building level providing links to resources either elsewhere on the internet or references to published works.

In addition to the repository of images catalogued within the wiki, the editor is compiling pages about features as time permits, combining all known works and writings about those features to better understand the local history of Hastings.

As to the site's definition of 'History' - anything of note that has happened in the town, even as recent as yesterday - this all contributes to building a history of the town. For example, in terms of the postal service, St Leonards was absorbed into Hastings for postal purposes in 1858, exactly thirty years after the first buildings appeared in St Leonards[1].

Where possible, most features are listed by their modern name, although in some instances this proves impossible, so the most recent known name is utilised. In any event, all names that are known to the editors of relevant pages are linked by means of re-directs or links within other pages.

An additional resource provided by Brett are contemporaneous reports of the Crimean War including letters home from troops during major actions such as the siege of Sebastopol and Silistra, the battle for Citate, Alma and details of life in the British camps and on board various vessels.

All visitors are welcome to add or correct information to pages to hopefully form the definitive history of our town, written by the people of the town. Even if you are unfamiliar with Wiki editing, or have something to contribute - even a sentence here or there - it all helps, please make contact via the Historical Hastings Facebook group and the administrator of this site will assist with getting your history published.

Main Categories and today's register of Events, Births, Marriages and Deaths in history
Businesses(16 C, 10 P)
Civil Engineering(6 C, 42 P, 1 F)
Conflict(7 C, 9 P)
Events(2 C, 36 P)
Geographic Areas(42 C, 50 P)
Miscellaneous(5 C, 1 P)
People(20 C, 1 P)
Townscape(13 C)

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Enter building name/street number and road name,then click 'Search' for a listing of occupiers known on this wiki:
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  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 7 Chap 59