The Priory Stream has two main sources; one being the Old Roar Ghyll waterfalls, the other originating in Ore and snaking its way down the valley towards Beaconsfield Road and merging in Alexandra Park.
Prehistoric Times[edit | edit source]
It is claimed by Anthony Belt in his book "Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present" that during the times of prehistoric man, various duck were snared and grouse & black game could be hunted.
Use of Stream[edit | edit source]
At one time, the stream did power a Watermill roughly located at the Queens Road and Waterworks Road junction. Ross reported finding traces of an ironworking site in the valley near Christ Church Blacklands and the name of 'Ponbay Bridge' may be the corruption of the term 'Pond Bay' - this being a typical feature of iron-workings.
Culverting[edit | edit source]
The stream after passing under the railway embankment was culverted for the rest of its route roughly following the route of Queens Road, appearing again at a pipe on the beach nearly opposite Harold Place in 1835.
- Hastings Survey of Times Past and Present (Anthony Belt F.L.S.) 1937 pg.31 ESCC Library
- The Antiquities of Hastings and the Battlefield (Thomas Cole 1864) Pg. 23 Google Books
- 1864 ESCC Library. A later edition is also available: ESCC Library - 1884
- Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.304 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books