First Hastings News

The first long-living Hastings newspaper was published for the first time. The Hastings and St Leonards News, based in 42 George Street, cost 3 pence. It was published initially by William Ransom jnr, but that August he became ill and his father, William Ransom snr, took over. The first letter in the News complained about the large number of “street beggars” in the town, causing “a serious annoyance to visitors, and therefore an injury to the prosperity of the place”.