Hastings & St Leonards The Postcard Collection
Series: The Postcard Collection
- Alan Spree
15th May 2019
The town of Hastings, on the coast of East Sussex, was one of the medieval Cinque Ports on the south-east coast of England, benefitting from trade with Continental Europe. As the town developed into a seaside resort in the nineteenth century with the arrival of the railway, the adjoining settlement of St Leonards was built as an elegant new town to attract wealthy incomers. Hastings still operates a fishing fleet today and has grown into a large, culturally diverse town that welcomes many visitors to its ancient streets, historic old town and beaches.
In Hastings & St Leonards: The Postcard Collection author Alan Spree has drawn on a remarkable selection of old postcards to give a pictorial record of life in these towns in the past, from the Edwardian period to the end of the First World War. Although many landmarks have remained the same over the years, there have also been many changes in Hastings and St Leonards and the photographs show the towns and their communities adapting and changing over the course of this period. This fascinating collection of images will be of interest to those who have lived in Hastings and St Leonards or know them well.