Birth of the seafront
Construction of Eversfield Place started with a number of groups of terraces and individual buildings in 1851, all the buildings sharing a common front-line. It must be said that Eversfield Place is in St. Leonards - hence the numbers starting at 1 on the western end, although there was a proposal tabled by Hastings Borough Council in 1854 to make this portion (and other properties in St Mary Magdalen's parish) of the town Hastings! The various terraces/buildings and corresponding street numbers are below;
|Original Name||Date constructed||Current day numbering|
|1 & 2 Cliff Cottages||Pre 1834||5 - 6|
|Eversfield House & Eversfield Place||1851||12-20|
During the construction of numbers 42 to 46, there was a major fire on the 2nd of February, 1851 at the building sites caused by a fire that was thought to have been put out being re-kindled. This resulted in the near-total collapse of the properties under construction and an insurance payout in excess of £1,000 for re-building
Most (if not all) of the large sea-front properties were utilised as lodging-houses and hotels virtually since their construction, although since the 1970s a large number have been subdivided into flats and maisonettes.
St Margaret's Church
St Margaret's Church is believed to have originally stood at the top of the cliffs behind Eversfield Place. Whilst work was being carried out at the rear of number 50 to remove some rock-falls, Alderman Robert Deudney recalled that ruins of the church was said to have been found.
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