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From Historical Hastings
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Various Occurrences.

A Marriage. On the 26th of June, a cortege of handsome carriages proceeded to the Chapel of St. Mary-in-the-Castle, where was consummated the nuptials of Robert Payne, Esq. of Kensington and Miss Rock, of Hastings, at which important ceremonial, nine pretty bridesmaids assisted, and which the local Penny Press hoped that a happy future for the bride and bridegroom was betokened; there being, if Rory O’More was any authority, “luck in odd numbers”.

A Monster Horse. During the week which ended on Nov. 10th, an American bay gelding was exhibited at the Swan stables, which measured 21 hands high, and was upwards of 12 feet long. This equinine(sic) giant was certainly a wonderful piece of horseflesh, and was admitted as such by all who saw it.

A Strange Runaway. On the 22nd of August, Mr Ockenden got a cow from the station with the intention of driving it to the slaughter-house near the paygate on the old London road, but the animal took another route through Castle street and on to the East Well, where it leapt over the groyne and into the sea. After some difficulty the beast was got out, when she dashed off again back to the Priory. It continued running till it got up to Silverhill, where the butcher stopped it, and then drove all round by the Harrow and round Ore to the slaughter-house, rather than give her cowship another opportunity to bathe.

Novel Cricketing. On the 3rd of September a match was played on the West hill by 11 fishermen against an equal number of mechanics, and, contrary to the expectation of most persons who ventured on prediction, the former were the winners, by long odds . The “Jolly Fisherman” was their rendezvous for arranging and settling and a jollier team of tan-frocks could hardly be imagined. They handled the bat in good style, and the ball they sent rolling in a slashing manner. Whenever they made a hit, it was a hit to some purpose. It called forth such applause from lusty lungs and hardened hands as almost to be heard across the town to the opposite hill. This expression of jubilant feeling from the fishing fellowship was not made manifest for nothing; for, notwithstanding the greater dexterity that might have been expected from their mechanical opponents, the “Jollies” obtained in their first innings no fewer that 109 runs against 29 on the other side; and in the second innings, 118 against 65. After this majority score of 134, the parties finished up with great jollity at the aforesaid “Jolly Fisherman”.

Rock Fair, the fishermen’s holiday – and the only time, it used to be facetiously said, that the fishermen donned their best attire – was again held in a field of Mr Brisco’s on the top of White Rock, behind where now is Beau Site.

Excursion to Shoreham. On the 10th of July a party of 400 went by train to the Swiss Gardens (accompanied by Brett’s Brass Band) where they spent a happy day.

At Tivoli Tea Gardens, on the preceding day, the Old Hastings Band and their friends, held their annual gipsy party. After tea they engaged in quadrilles, polkas, &c.

The St. Clement’s Choristers had their annual tea meeting at the Swan hotel on August 30th, where, with friends, they numbered about 40. The choir sang solos, anthems and other pieces, including “Give Peace in our time, O Lord” “God save the Emperor of France” &c.