St. Leonards Bonfire Boys

From Historical Hastings

Founded in 1854 (making it possibly the earliest bonfire society in the town), mention of this society appears in T. B. Brett's histories in 1863, where the annual procession featured a Russian Bear as its effigy - possibly a reference to the recent Russian war. At this time, Brett gives the number of members as 85[1]. In 1891, the Coach and Horses was utilised as the starting point for their annual parade, possibly also being the starting point for other years[2].

References & Notes

  1. Brett's Manuscript Histories Vol. 10 Chap. 64 Pg. 76
  2. Anchor Inn and Coach & Horses: Anchor Inn and Coach & Horses, accessdate: 1 October 2021