The Wishing Tree

From Historical Hastings

A reputedly popular Smugglers meeting point, the wishing tree was originally known as 'The Smugglers oak' in the 18th century. The tree stood at the junction of Gillsmans Hill, Crowhurst Road, Ironlatch Avenue and Harley Shute Road, it was renamed the 'Wishing tree' in the mid 1800s by a local farmer Robert Deudney as a result of a story he made up for his children about a magical tree[1] that would grant wishes.[2]

The “Wishing Tree” was destroyed when Ironlatch Avenue was extended to join up with Crowhurst Road. A roundabout was built in its place with a replacement tree in 1982.[2]


References & Notes

  1. Leigh Kennedy - Historical Hastings Facebook
  2. a b History of in Hastings, East Sussex, UK: History of Hollington in Hastings, East Sussex, UK, accessdate: 9 January 2020