Hastings has had four town halls, across three different sites. The original Court Hall stood in the centre of the Old Town near to the Bourne Stream during the early 17thC and the location is carried forward to this day in the naming of Courthouse Street. This building was an upper chamber over two shops, but little more is known other than it had a loft to store gunpowder. This was replaced by the Old Town Hall
Current Building[edit | edit source]
The current Hastings Town Hall was built in 1880 to a design by Henry Ward (1854-1927) . It was made in an Early English style, making clever use of an awkward triangular site facing onto Queens Road and is a Grade II Listed (Historic England listing 1245060). On the east front are a series of interesting carved stone panels depicting "Hastings Fishermen boarding French Pirates", "Landing of the French and their Defeat", "Queen Elizabeth Granting the Charter to the Corporation" and "Cinque Port Ships Going to meet the Armada".