NOSTALGIA: Old photos of Hastings and St Leonards seafront

We hope that you enjoy our gallery of pictures from years gone by taken from our archives.

Friday, 8th May 2020, 7:15 am
The paddle steamer Waverley off the pier around 1978
The paddle steamer Waverley off the pier around 1978

Please send us your old photos as jpegs to [email protected] Our photos below were originally supplied by Ion Castro (Ian supplied most of the photos), Hastings Library, Hastings Museum, Cynthia Wright, Steve Peak and David Padgham.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales entering Hastings through The Castellated Arch, Havelock Road. No date attached.
Bathing Pool. No date attached.
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Another Bathing Pool pic
The supplied text says: This somewhat foxed image of the Eversfield Hotel is stamped on the back Joshua Smith Photographer Hastings, 1896 and features the hotel's horizontal sunblinds.
This boat was in the Hastings Motor Boat and Yacht Club compound under the cliffs at Rock-a-Nore when a large lump of rock fell on it during the storm of 1987
Bathing Pool story Jan 16 1932.
The pier theatre in the 1930s. Picture courtesy of Hastings Library
Hastings Pier pavilion's interior, circa 1902. Picture courtesy of Steve Peak
The opening of Hastings Pier in 1872. Picture courtesy of Steve Peak
The hurricane in October 1987 caused extensive damage to the pier, ripping up much of the floor where the pier meets the promenade.
A fashion show on the pier in the early 1960s. Picture courtesy of Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
By the early 1930s Hastings Pier featured a variety of illuminations, which led to the rise in popularity of night-time swimming. Picture courtesy of Hastings Library
The crowds watching the pier on fire in July 1917. Picture courtesy of David Padgham
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The pavilion and ladies' tearoom were lost following the pier fire in 1917. Picture courtesy of Cynthia Wright
The mangled wreckage of the pier's pavilion after the fire in July 1917. Picture courtesy of Cynthia Wright
Waves photographed by Bottle Alley in 1934
Bexhill Football Club's dance in aid of St Dunstan's April 9 1920 (no supplier info)
Eversfield Place taken from the pier
A photo taken from the pier
Eversfield Place
A photo with the title of Swimsuit Man (no date supplied)
An article from May 28 1932
Hastings & St Leonards new covered promenade - no date
The promenade - no date
Fishermen's Beach
Looking West 1920
1939
Looking Back on Hastings Harbour by Ion Castro
Damage from high winds Oct 23 1911
Looking Back on Hastings Harbour by Ion Castro
Looking Back on Hastings Harbour by Ion Castro
Tank traps
Looking Back on Hastings Harbour by Ion Castro
Our last photo showing the Bathing Pool