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During various , Hastings has been a front-line town due to its proximity to the continent. These vary from a ditch to prevent the French landing during the early 19th century to the more recent WW2 beach defences. In addition, the civilian population has had evacuation to safer areas, together with various restrictions on movement during these periods.
The most prominent remains of anti-invasion measures locally are a number of locations as Hastings Pier in 1940. Additionally, a 'stop point' is believed to have existed to the south east of the Harrow Bridge, where any invasion force would have been first slowed by a number of tank traps etc, and subject to fire from concealed artillery and other forces in the vicinity.