A TIMELINE OF HASTINGS HISTORY

By Tim Lambert

Early Hastings

10th Century Hastings is a small but important town with its own mint

1101 The Danes sack Hastings

1339 The French burn Hastings

1377 The French burn Hastings again but the town soon recovers

1563 Plague strikes Hastings

1589 Queen Elizabeth grants Hastings a charter (a document giving the town a mayor and corporation)

1619 Hastings Grammar School is founded

1720 Hastings has a population of about 1,500

1794 The first guide to Hastings is published and the town develops as a seaside resort

1797 Marine Parade is built

19th Century Hastings

1801 Hastings has a population of 3,175

1820 A body of men are given powers to pave, clean and light the streets

1820s Pelham Place, Castle Street and Wellington Place are built

1830 Hastings gains its first newspaper. Hastings also gains gas light.

1833 Hastings gains a piped water supply

1851 Hastings has a population of 17,000. The railway reaches Hastings.

1858 Holy Trinity Church is built

1862 Queens Hotel is built

1872 Hastings pier is built

1879 A museum is founded in Hastings

1881 Hastings Town Hall is built

1882 Alexandra Park is built. The first electric light in Hastings is switched on.

1883 St Mary Star of the Sea is built

1891 West Hill Lift is built

Modern Hastings

1901

The population of Hastings is 62,000

1902

East Cliff Railway is built

1923

Royal East Sussex Hospital is built

1927

White Rock Pavilion is built

1938

Marina Court is built

World War II

In Hastings 154 people are killed by bombing

1951

The corporation buys Hastings Castle

1956

The Fishermen's Museum opens

1985

White Rock Theatre opens

1986

The Shipwreck Heritage Centre opens

1993

A new fish markets is built

1996

Priory Meadow Shopping Centre opens

2000

Underwater World opens

2001

Hastings skate park is built

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