Queens Road

From Historical Hastings
Queens Road
Other Names
Former name(s)Queens Buildings

Meadow Road
Bedford Place
St Andrew's Terrace
St Andrew's Road

Spring Terrace

Bethune Way Castle Hill Passage Cornwallis Street Elford Street Elphinstone Road Harold Place Havelock Road Nelson Road Portland Place Robertson Street South Terrace St Helen's Road

Station Road
Places of WorshipSt Andrew's Church

Queens Road most likely originated as a muddy, often flooded dirt track running along the eastern margin of the Priory Meadow, any development being on the hill-slopes, where the ground was relatively stable. The meadow, together with the flood plain bordering the Priory Stream was marshy ground, with many difficulties reported when the 'Ashford railway arm' extension (opened c.1850) was constructed which required a large embankment to be built across the Priory Meadows; the scale of the embankment may be judged by the height of St Andrew's Bridge, effectively forming a dam across the Priory Valley and altering the appearance of the whole area more than anything else in recent history.

The 'St Andrew's Archway' circa 1895

During construction of some of the buildings, dinosaur bones have been found, together with pebbles from the beach in the bores for piling which reached a depth of in excess of 40 feet in places

Formation of Road[edit]

Queens Road first came into being when the council merged and renamed the roads called Queens Buildings, Meadow Road and Bedford Place, during 1876. Above Russell Street and Portland Place, the road was known as St Andrew's Terrace, and later as St Andrew's Road, with Spring Terrace forming the terrace of shops immediately north of Portland Place. The roads, including Spring Gardens were dedicated in 1849[1] The Bedford Public House stood on the corner of Portland Place and was at number 1 St Andrew's Road. Originally, the road did not extend very far up beyond this point, but following a gift of land from Sarah Waldegrave, it was possible to widen and extend the road leading to St Andrews Archway, the route prior to this being via Stonefield Road. In June 1882 the Prince and Princess of Wales dedicated (and renamed) St Andrew's Gardens (that had opened in 1864) as Alexandra Park and the road leading to it was renamed too, as Queens Road; the pub would then become No 37 with the numbering running up the east side of the road to the railway bridge and back down the western side.

Northerly extension of town[edit]

As a result of the opening of St Andrew's Gardens and development occurring further up the Priory Valley, the archway carrying the railway which had been constructed around 1849-1850 over the road that provided access to these areas rapidly became a dangerous bottleneck. This was replaced by an iron girder bridge with fluted columns in November 1898, the demolition taking three days to complete. The bridge received a makeover on its centenary in 1998 and on the southern footpath there is a brick bearing the original 1898 date stamp.

Gas Showrooms & St Andrew's Church[edit]

In the block immediately below Waterworks Road, St Andrew's Church stood on the west side of Queens Road, just down from the Gas Showrooms. Both of these were demolished, the church going first to make way for a garage and second hand car dealership, then the Gas Showrooms to make way for a supermarket - originally Safeway, now Morrison's. Behind the Gas Showrooms were workshops and depots for Maidstone and District bus company; these are now the supermarket and car-park associated with the supermarket. There is now a supermarket garage on the site of the church. A 'legacy' building still stands isolated in the middle of the cleared site, the sole survivor of the terrace above the Gas Showrooms as a chinese takeaway.

The terrace of basemented buildings (numbers 116 - 118) almost opposite the Gas Showrooms site and Waterworks Road junction bear a construction year of 1870 on number 116. This terrace did originally extend down to number 114, but was destroyed during WW2, together with the properties as far down as number 109. Advertising hoardings originally hid the bomb-site following the end of WW2[2][3].

From 1962 to the late 2000s the site was then occupied by a 'Shell' petrol filling station initially[4], then a second hand car dealership - Queens Road Motors around 1990[5]. A prominent feature of the petrol station was the addition of a seven feet tall knight and surrounding display of 18 shields on the boundary walls to mark the 900th anniversary of 1066 in 1966[6]. A new build of twelve flats was constructed at numbers 109-115 in 2009 following several refused planning applications over the preceding decade[7].

Construction of Queens Parade[edit]

During the late 1950s, the wall between the Central Cricket Ground and Queens Road was demolished in favour of an avenue of shops extending round the corner into South Terrace (Queens Parade). A Coach Ticket Office and small car-park was placed in the area immediately adjacent to the Town Hall, with one of the turrets serving as a public convenience (later a bookmakers office). This avenue of shops was demolished during the 1980s, together with the Cricket Ground as part of the development of Priory Meadow (Shopping Centre). One turret still survives as a fast food outlet following the construction of the shopping centre.

The terrace of shops with the set-back first floors opposite Priory Meadow (Shopping Centre) are mostly original - the shop fronts were originally gardens, although the large building and the adjacent property (nos 10 & 11) on the corner of Albert Road was lost when the road was widened in the early 1990s.


Map showing shops present around 1970

Features on this wiki[edit]

Name Street No From To
A. Rulf 71 1969 1969
Abbey National 37-38 1980 1990
Acres the Bakers Ltd 13 1970 1980
Albert Rulf's Housekeeper Stores 71 1920 1920
Beckett Coal Merchant 1880 1915
Bedford Arms 1865 1940
Bollom 18 1970 1990
Boots Chemist 15-16
Bradfords Steam Laundry 79 1969 1969
Bryant and Sons 43 1907 1969
C. H. Darby 6
Caprice 64 1969 1969
Chapman & Co 89
Charles Gold 186 1885 1887
Chelsea Girl 211 1976 1977
Cheshires Wood Supplies 68-69 1969 1990
Clock House (Queens Road)
Cobley's 5 1969 1969
Cottage Inn 75 1930 1930
Court-Hughes 61 1969 1975
Courtlands 81 1969 1969
Currys 28-29 1950 1980
D & A Drugstores 9 1970 1980
D. & M. Knights 54 1969 1969
Dengates 203-204 1930
Dewhurst 19 1970 1980
Direct Supply 83 1969 1969
Disc Jockey 2 1969 1980
Dunn & Co 24 1970 1985
E. H. Flay 50 1969 1969
Eastmans 47 1894 1969
F. C. Jones & Son 75 1969 1969
Fair Isle 59 1969 1969
Featherstonhaugh 78 1969 1983
Fludes Carpets 37-38
Gaiety Theatre 1882
Globe Hotel 1905
H. Hail 73-74 1969 1969
Hickman Bros 26 1900 1969
Hiltons Shoes 17 1970 1980
Howard Swain (Stationers) 156 1885
J. O. Forster's 55 1890 1916
J. Watson 14 1969 1969
J. Weston 167 1896 1896
Janet Rye 55 1969 1969
John Collier Tailors 10 1970
King Bros. 2 1923 1956
Lapworth Bros. 133 1938 1970
Lapworth Bros. 94 1960 1970
Lewis of Westminster 5a 1969 1969
Marks and Spencer 30-34
Maynard Ltd 7 1969 1969
Mitchell's 76-77 1969 1980
Moda 204 1962
Muttons 40-41 1962 1969
Muttons 39 1939 1962
Nationwide Building Society 25 1970 1980
Necton House 159
Northampton Shoe Repairs 6 1969 1969
On Spot Bake 5a
Oxfam 57 1969 1980
Paint'n Paper 65 1969 1969
Pilot 51 1900 1969
Posner Gowns Ltd 20 1969 1969
Queens Parade 1956 1995
Re-Al Sports 4 1970 1980
Royal Dairies 47 1889 1894
Salisbury's 212 1970 1976
Singer 27 1970 1980
Southern Rentals 62 1969 1969
St Andrew's Church 1870 1973
The Central Hotel 204 1875 1945
The Linen Centre 58 1969 1979
Timothy Whites 15-16 1969 1969
Timothy Whites 21 1969 1980
True Form 11 1970
W. Breach 72 1917 1917
Wards 1 1930
Wildish Butchers 3 1920 1930
Wilshin & Son 22-23 1896 1959
Wilson Wallpapers 82 1969 1969
Wimpy 20 1970 1975
Wine and Beer Stores 204 1866 1875
Woolies 56 1969 1969
Woolwich Building Society 26 1970 1980

References & Notes

  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chapt. XLII
  2. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/51/00164
  3. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/AA/52/00045
  4. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/62/00720
  5. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/FA/90/00512
  6. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/AA/66/00298
  7. Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/FA/09/00656