Cuckoo Hill

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Cuck " or " Cock " signifies in Saxon, Chief, e.g. Cuckmcre, Cuckfield and 'Hoo' a place or street : hence Cuckoo may have once been the High Street or main road in the Upper Town.[1]


Cuckoo hill, also known as St. Michael's Hill is the high land immediately behind White Rock originally extending far further to the south. The cliff was cut back in 1834[2], and the top levelled for the construction of Prospect Place and St. Michaels Place[3].


References & Notes

  1. The Antiquities of Hastings and the Battlefield (Thomas Cole 1864) Pg. 30 Google Books - 1864 ESCC Library. A later edition is also available: ESCC Library - 1884
  2. St. Michaels Church - Detail of cutting back of land
  3. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 1 Chap. 11