Bonaparte's Ditch

From Historical Hastings

A dyke ‘Bonaparte’s Ditch’, some half mile long was dug between Harley Shute and Bulverhythe Hill in 1804, possibly as defences against a potential French landing on the low-lying land at Bulverhythe Salts.[1] (Today, it would run south-west from the west junction of Bulverhythe Road and Cliftonville Road, parallel to, and halfway, between Bexhill Road and the railway line).[2]. In 1834, in order to extend the racecourse into a figure of 8 shape, temporary bridges were placed over the ditch[1].

Napoleonic Defences

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References & Notes

  1. a b Bretts Manuscript History Vol. 3 Chap. 36
  2. Hastings Chronicle