New Yacht

Launch of the new 10 ton pleasure yacht British Lion on May 1 from the shipyard at Caroline Place, becoming the largest public pleasure boat on the beach. Built...

Mayday

Mayday – May 1 – was celebrated around the town, with the “shovel and broom gentry” in their “annual bal masque”. A wide range of characters, includ...

Beggar

Hastings magistrates gaoled a man for a week for begging. He was in a “miserably ragged condition”, with one foot bound up, and his head “all in an uproar”.

The Poor

A letter in the News claimed that people could live in Hastings unemployed for the 7 or 8 months of winter, thereby attracting “the idle and ill-disposed to mak...

Fairs

This was Whit Monday, the liveliest day in the town’s annual calendar. Large numbers of people came in from the surrounding countryside, and all kinds of fun, g...