From Historical Hastings

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Built circa 1868, Normanhurst Court was the largest house for many miles built by the Brassey family after years spent renting Beauport Park. In style, it was described as brash[1], being a physical manifestation of the family wealth.

The house suffered a major fire during 1908. During WW1, the buildings was used as a Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital in WW1.[2]In 1916, a number of portions of the 909 acre estate was sold at auction in Bexhill[3]

There was a prisoner of war camp located at Normanhurst during WW2, described as a 'German Working Camp' but no trace remains, nor is the exact location identified[4], however some cards and drawings exist created by Germans interned there as late as 1949. The video below shows some of the evidence extant for this.


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