Welcome to the Hastings Chronicle. If you want to find out more about the history of the town that gave its name to one of the world’s most famous battles (in 1066, in case you had forgotten), then this is the starting point … and here you could also help rewrite history by sending us emails – just as King Harold is above!


The HC is pleased to announce the publication of Steve’s newest masterwork – ‘A Pier Without Peer’ – available from all good bookshops in the Hastings area, the pier shop, and from this website as soon as we can add it to the page (shortly) … £25.00 in hardback and £14.99 in paperback. The book is fully illustrated, and it chronicles the dramatic history of Hastings Pier from its construction in 1872 to the present day. The book also features a history of St Leonards Pier …

The Hastings Chronicle – or, to give it its full name, the Hastings and St Leonards Chronicle – is a primary database, a source of original information, much of which has not been available to the public before. It is being constantly updated and improved by the editor (Steve Peak) and the website manager (Andrew Walker). If you, the reader, know of some important events that have been left out, then send them to us and help put them on record. As Oscar Wilde said, “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it”.

At the heart of the Chronicle is the Key Events section. This is a chronological record of the main events in the history of the Hastings and St Leonards area, starting in pre-Roman times and currently ending at the start of the 1990s (later dates to follow, hopefully).

Also in the Chronicle are many Features on a wide variety of subjects, including —

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve; The local smugglers and Coastguards; The unique Hastings Net Shops; Famous author Catherine Cookson, who wrote most of her books in Hastings; The turnpike roads; The town’s two piers; The Hastings workhouses; Robert Tressell and his highly influential book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Plus the Chronicle has many interesting Images; a detailed Archive of the town’s history, covering 1848-1911; a video Film (made by Steve Peak) of Hastings town centre in 1989, shortly before the Priory Meadow shopping centre was built; a complete photographic record of the conversion of the Stade coach and lorry park into whatever it is today; and a list of useful local history Links.

This website (which you are using free of charge) is the result of many years of unpaid labour, and if you find it helpful it would be good if you could make a donation towards its running costs.

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