Robertson Street

From Historical Hastings
Robertson Street
Named AfterPatrick Robertson
Construction start25 Jan 1850[1]
Places of WorshipHoly Trinity Church
Robertson Street Congregational Church


Built on the site of the America Ground, construction started soon after initial plans were drawn up by the architects Reeks Humbert, with an advertisement for ground works (drains etc) appearing in the local paper on the 25th January 1850. Some six weeks after this, an advertisement appeared for what possibly was the first trader to move into the new street; that of R. Funnell with a Provision Warehouse at 6 Robertson Street supplying tea and coffee[1], with the gilder and framer Thomas Mann (1816-1903) moving in not long after. By 1852, the street was populated with 16 traders appearing in a local directory[2]

Perception of new street[edit]

Initially traders moving to the street were wary of how their business would fare in the new location, being on a road that ,for a time, did not lead to any destinations (most of the town was still either central in the Priory Valley or further east). As a result, many established traders still maintained their existing premises. These fears however proved to be unfounded with a local guide towards the end of the 19th century describing the road thus; "Robertson Street is the `Regent Street’ of Hastings; the place where ladies most do congregate when on shopping thoughts intent; and, indeed, there is some excuse, for the shops are of the best, and the wares so tastefully displayed that 'tis no wonder ladies are tempted when time hangs heavy and purses are well filled. During several hours of the day the roadway is filled with carriages, and the side walks thronged with pedestrians"[1]

Completion of Shops[edit]

By 1855, the Post Office Directory gives forty four shops, increasing to 53 by the time the 1862 edition of the directory was published.[1][3]


In March of 1997, the sections of both Robertson Street and Cambridge Road closest to the were pedestrianised.



Name Street No From To
Barrance & Ford 31 1882 1927
Barrance & Ford 33 1882 1927
Bodega Bar 53 1884
Crew Davis 60-61 1970 1970
Fludes Carpets 50
H. A. Jepson Ltd. 11-12 1900 1970
Hickman Bros 27 1900 1906
Home and Colonial Stores 10 1969 1969
Lindridge & Son 46
Metropole Assembly Rooms
Metropole Garage
P. Ley Spicer 44a 1960 1970
P. Ley Spicer 44b 1960 1970
Plaza Cinema 1940
Plummer Roddis 3 1871
Plummer Roddis 1 1881
The Royal Dairy 20 1880 1880
W. H. Smiths 54-54 1953 1980
Yates 53-57


  1. a b c d 1066 Genealogy: 1066 Genealogy, accessdate: 29 November 2019
  2. Osbornes Street & Commercial Directory 1852 (Henry Osborne George Street)
  3. Post Office Directory 1855 & 1862