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.
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 regularly updated and added to by the editor, Steve Peak, who has written almost everything in the Chronicle. As Oscar Wilde said, “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it” – as King Harold is doing above!
If you are looking for something but are not sure where it is: On this page use the search tab, the spy-glass on the far right of the menu above. This will list all the entries thoughout the Chronicle. Click on the entry you want to explore, and this will take you to that page. Then search by using the Find (or similar) option on your web browser (don’t use the spy-glass). This will take you down through the page, highlighting what you are looking for.
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 in December 1999 (later dates to follow, hopefully). The Key Events is divided into eight chronological chapters.
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; and a complete photographic record of the conversion of the Stade coach and lorry park into whatever it is today. Plus there is a contact address for the Chronicle and a list of useful local history groups in links.
Steve has also created a website on the history of the very popular Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve: www.hastingscountryparkhistory.com.