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Welcome to the Historical Hastings Wiki
Featured Pages
Manuscript HistoriesThe Brett Manuscripts
(currently being transcribed)
Transport Routes‎Turnpike Roads
The Author of Historic Hastings‎J. Manwaring Baines (1910-2002)
Housing in the town1930 Slum Clearance
Personal Histories‎Pen Portrait of Hastings 1889
GenealogyThe Breeds Family Tree
Hastings' SurnamesPeople by Surname
The Tourist TradeBeach Photographs through time
Images by decadeHastings during and post-WW2
Help compile this historyPages needing more content

The Historical Hastings Wiki was originally a supporting website to both the Historical Hastings Facebook group and an associated mapping site as well as a personal research tool. It has rapidly grown to be much more. The ultimate aim is to develop this down to individual property/building level providing links to resources either elsewhere on the internet or references to published works.

In addition to the repository of images catalogued within the wiki, the editor is compiling pages about features as time permits, combining all known works and writings about those features to better understand the local history of Hastings.

Where possible, most features are listed by their modern name, although in some instances this proves impossible, so the most recent known name is utilised. In any event, all names that are known to the editors of relevant pages are linked by means of re-directs or links within other pages.

Tucked away in various 'corners' of the Wiki are a number of personal histories and 'pen portraits' of the town as published in The Hastings & St Leonards Observer. A sample piece is the Pen Portrait of Hastings 1889, with a series penned by Thomas Brandon Brett currently being transcribed; St Leonardensis' Columns.

All visitors are welcome to add or correct information to pages to hopefully form the definitive history of our town, written by the people of the town. Even if you are unfamiliar with Wiki editing, or have something to contribute, please make contact via the Historical Hastings Facebook group and the administrator of this site will assist with getting your history published.

There have been an influx of spammers attempting to sign up to the site and post irrelevant links. Changes have been made to the account creation process whereby new users will have to be approved by the admin. Please accept our apologies for any delays thus incurred.
Main Categories and today's register of Births, Marriages and Deaths in history
Businesses(6 C, 13 P)
Civil Engineering(6 C, 30 P, 1 F)
Conflict(6 C, 6 P)
Events(1 C, 31 P)
Geographic Areas(40 C, 24 P)
Miscellaneous(4 C)
People(16 C, 129 P)
Townscape(12 C)
Local people who were born on this day


Local people who died on this day


Local people who were first married on this day