The word ‘Hastings’ comes from the Haestingas, the people who supported a Saxon (Danish or German) migrant leader called Haest (or Haesta) who occupied Sussex east of the Pevensey Levels in the 6th or 7th century. Notably, the town is well known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings, fought on a nearby field where Battle Abbey now stands; this cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror.
Historically, Hastings can claim fame from the Battle of Hastings, and later because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in Europe.
Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping Town Centre in the middle and St Leonards to the west featuring the classical elegance of James Burton’s architecture. Hastings takes pride in its hilly landscape, the West and East Hill; the West Hill is home to the famous smugglers caves from the 17th & 18th century and the East Hill boosting 660 acres of ancient woodland, grassland and heathland.
In modern times, you will find a real array of property types within Hastings, currently Hastings is within a 10 year regeneration project. Major projects that have completed include refurbishment of the Hastings Train station and the building of a new college (Sussex coast college Hastings). A Hastings to Bexhill bypass was built to improve access in and out of Hastings and many more project within Hastings are on-going.
Watch out for the Seagulls, people of Hastings share their home to thousands of Seagulls.