Robertson Street

From Historical Hastings
Robertson Street
Named AfterPatrick Robertson
Junctions
Junctions Cambridge Road
Havelock Road
Queens Road
Harold Place
Trinity Street
Robertson Passage
Claremont
White Rock
Carlisle Parade
Construction
Construction start25 Jan 1850[1]
Landmarks
Places of WorshipHoly Trinity Church
Robertson Street Congregational Church

Summary[edit]

Built on the site of the America Ground, construction started soon after initial plans were drawn up by the architects Reeks Humbert, with an advertisement for groundworks (drains etc) appearing in the local paper on the 25th January 1850. Some six weeks after this, an advertisement appeared for what possibly was the first trader to move into the new street; that of R. Funnell with a Provision Warehouse at 6 Robertson Street supplying tea and coffee[1], with the gilder and framer Thomas Mann (1816-1903) moving in not long after. By 1852, the street was populated with 16 traders appearing in a local directory[2]

Perception of new street[edit]

Initially traders moving to the street were wary of how their business would fare in the new location, being on a road that ,for a time, did not lead to any destinations (most of the town was still either central in the Priory Valley or further east). As a result, many established traders still maintained their existing premises. These fears however proved to be unfounded with a local guide towards the end of the 19th century describing the road thus; "Robertson Street is the `Regent Street’ of Hastings; the place where ladies most do congregate when on shopping thoughts intent; and, indeed, there is some excuse, for the shops are of the best, and the wares so tastefully displayed that 'tis no wonder ladies are tempted when time hangs heavy and purses are well filled. During several hours of the day the roadway is filled with carriages, and the side walks thronged with pedestrians"[1]

Completion of Shops[edit]

By 1855, the Post Office Directory gives forty four shops, increasing to 53 by the time the 1862 edition of the directory was published.[1][3]

Double-sided Premises[edit]

Unusually perhaps, a number of properties in the road were of a double-aspect, also opening onto Cambridge Road - these being numbers 47-51, corresponding to the odd-numbers 7-11 on Cambridge Road.

Pedestrianisation[edit]

In March of 1997, the sections of both Robertson Street and Cambridge Road closest to the Town Centre were pedestrianised.

Images[edit]

Name Street No From To
Andrews Estate Agents 48-49 1978 1978
Barrance & Ford 31 1882 1927
Barrance & Ford 33 1882 1927
Bodega Bar 53 1884
Boots Chemist 17-19
Crew Davis 60-61 1970 1970
F. Hinds 15 1978 1978
Fludes Carpets 50
Foster Bros 20 1978 1978
Freeman, Hardy & Willis 16 1978 1978
H. A. Jepson Ltd. 11-12 1900 1970
Hickman Bros 27 1900 1906
Home and Colonial Stores 10 1969 1969
Lindridge & Son 46
Lindy Lou 48-49 1978 1978
Metropole Assembly Rooms
Metropole Garage
P. Ley Spicer 44a 1960 1970
P. Ley Spicer 44b 1960 1970
Plaza Cinema 1940
Plummer Roddis 3 1871
Plummer Roddis 1 1881
Rainbow Restaurant 46 1978 1978
Roget Coffee House 51a 1978 1978
Royal Standard (Town Centre) 24-25
The Royal Dairy 20 1880 1880
Trinity House 44
W. H. Smiths 54-54 1953 1980
Yates 53-57

References & Notes

  1. a b c d 1066 Genealogy: 1066 Genealogy, accessdate: 29 November 2019
  2. Osbornes Street & Commercial Directory 1852 (Henry Osborne George Street)
  3. Post Office Directory 1855 & 1862