Dr. Peter Francis MacCabe was a surgeon resident in Hastings, with his surgery listed as being at 43 Wellington Square during the early 1800s. He was quite widely published and a figure of some repute within the town from the regularity his name appears in relation to reports of society meetings etc. Mayor of the town in 1838 and 1843. Between 1859 and the 1861 census, he was recorded as living at Mill Hill Lodge on the West Hill aged 63 with three servants, having moved from Hawkhurst sometime between 1856 and 1859
Clean Water supplies
A plaque next to Dr McCabe's Well reads:"Peter McCabe, an Irish physician based in Wellington Square, was mayor of Hastings in 1838 and 1843. A committed campaigner for clean water- he constructed both this spring and the East Hill public well at the foot of the cliffs at Rock-a-Nore Road."