High Street

From Historical Hastings
High Street
Other Names
Former name(s)Market Street

Prior to 1814 was known as Market Street.

19th C changes[edit]

Toward the end of the 19th century there was something of a bottle-neck at the sea-end of the High Street caused by the incline known as 'Oak Hill' and the narrowness of the road adjacent to the turning into the Swan Hotel yard that was removed circa 1889. The Corporation arranged with Mr. F. A. Langham and the Hastings Cottage Improvement Society, the owners of the two houses adjoining the Swan Hotel on the south side to purchase those properties. At the south corner of the premises the set-back was increased to 18 inches, becoming greater and greater until the property line joined into the Swan Hotel, where the width of road was to be six feet more than it was originally. Following the demolitions and construction of a retaining wall to face the raised-pavement resulting, two new properties were built on the land with shop fronts and steps were constructed to provide access to Oak Passage[1]

A cellar, believed to be Norman in terms of date, is reported by Brett in his Manuscript Histories as having been discovered in a house almost opposite to the old Town Hall during 1861[2]

Twentieth Century[edit]

Further changes to this area of the High Street took place in 1926, when the rotunda Fishmarket was demolished and the space converted to be a turning circle for the Trolleybus routes that were introduced in that year. The turning circle ultimately became the car park.

One feature that is often overlooked, but worth pointing out, is that the railings protecting the edge of the raised pavements were actually only installed during WW2, previously only isolated sections had railings.



Name Street No From To
Aylward Bros
B King Butcher 1960 1960
Brewery Cottages 1960
Hastings Old Bank 90 1791 1842
HIghFIdelity Discotheque 159
Jooks Cafe 59 1978
Maidenhead Inn 43 1847
Malcolm Mitchell 48 1946 1988
Mitre 56 1900 1923
Old Hastings House 132
Old Pelham House 1600 1876
Old Town Hall 1700 1823
Old Town Market Hall 42a
Richardson Cottages 70
Richardson Cottages Rear of 70
Roebuck Inn
Royal Oak Inn 62a 1600 1785
Stangers Grocery Store 57 1923 1923
Stangers Wine Vaults 57 1956 1975
Star Inn 48 1630 1660
Torfield House
Wooll's Repository of Arts 5 1823 1836

References & Notes

  1. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 28 September 1889 Pg. 0007
  2. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chap. 40