Rocklands (East Hill)

From Historical Hastings
Location of Rocklands House (1908 OS Mapping from National Library of Scotland)

The caravan site known as Rocklands used to be a school and before that, a private house and smallholding. The land was part of the Countess Waldegrave's holdings[1]. A Superintendant of the Coast-Guard, Commander Peat is recorded as having been resident here for three years[2]

Promontory Fort

A promontory fort exists under part of the Rocklands site consisting of a rampart about 300 metres long across the East Hill at the highest point running north-west to south-east[3]. Part of the rampart can still be seen on the site as a raised bank some 7 metres high.[4] Activities on the current caravan site are believed to have disturbed some of the associated earthworks.


References & Notes

  1. Hastings past and present with notices of the most remarkable places in the neighbourhood (Mary Matilda Howard) pg. 105 Google Books
  2. Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling: John Banks (1873) Pg. 91 Google Books
  3. East Hill, Hastings, East Sussex - A Landscape Survey and Investigation Survey Report - Michael Fradley and Sarah Newsome (English Heritage) ISSN 1749-8775
  4. Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present (Anthony Belt F.L.S.) 1937 pg.37 ESCC Library