St Mary's Cottages
These originally five but now only three (numbers 1 and 5 being demolished) cottages are built on a ledge between Gensing Road and Mercatoria and accessed via a passageway between numbers 13 & 14 Gensing Road. Numbers one to three were constructed and appear on Gant’s plan of 1851, before the remaining two were constructed at some point after this date. Number 1 was demolished circa 1999 and buttressing put in place to support No. 2. There was a planning application to extend Number 2 in 2017, however this was withdrawn, apparently due to a high number of neighbouring properties complaints
. The occupant of number 1 attempted suicide in 1936 by means of swallowing rat poison mixed with banana and ice-cream. She fortunately survived the attempt, but was subsequently remanded in custody - suicide being against the law at the time.
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 8 September 1900 Pg. 0003
- Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/CA/99/00563
- Hastings Borough Council Planning application ref: HS/FA/17/00325
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 29 August 1936 Pg. 0016