27 Facts About Hastings


Today, Hastings is a fishing port with the UK's largest beach-based fishing fleet.

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William caused a castle to be built at Hastings probably using the earthworks of the existing Saxon castle.

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Hastings had suffered over the years from the lack of a natural harbour, and there have been attempts to create a sheltered harbour.

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Hastings was then just a small fishing settlement, but it was discovered that the new taxes on luxury goods could be made profitable by smuggling; the town was ideally located for that purpose.

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Hastings returned two Members of Parliament from the 14th century until 1885, since when it has returned one.

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Hastings, it is thought, was a Saxon town before the arrival of the Normans: the Domesday Book refers to a new Borough: as a borough, Hastings had a corporation consisting of a "bailiff, jurats, and commonalty".

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Hastings is situated where the sandstone beds, at the heart of the Weald, known geologically as the Hastings Sands, meet the English Channel, forming tall cliffs to the east of the town.

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Beyond Bulverhythe, the western end of Hastings is marked by low-lying land known as Glyne Gap, separating it from Bexhill-on-Sea.

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In terms of the local climate, Hastings is on the eastern edge of what is, on average, the sunniest part of the UK, the stretch of coast from the Isle of Wight to the Hastings area.

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Hastings, tied with Eastbourne, recorded the highest duration of sunshine of any month anywhere in the United Kingdom – 384 hours – in 1911.

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Some areas and suburbs of Hastings are Ore Valley, St Leonards, Silverhill, West St Leonards, and Hollington.

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Hastings suffers at a disadvantage insofar as growth is concerned because of its restricted situation, lying as it does with the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north.

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Hastings has an Army Cadet Force detachment which is part of Sussex ACF.

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Hastings has a Royal Air Force Air Cadet Squadron, 304 Squadron of Sussex Wing RAFAC, based in the same building.

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Hastings Contemporary located in the Stade area of Hastings Old Town is the home for the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and a changing contemporary exhibition programme.

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Hastings Castle was built in 1070 by the Normans, four years after the Norman invasion.

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Hastings is linked to Battle via the A2100, the original London road.

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Hastings has four rail links: two to London, one to Brighton and one to Ashford.

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Hastings is served by two rail companies: Southeastern and Southern.

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Hastings has 18 primary schools, four secondary schools, one further education college and one higher education institution.

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University of Brighton in Hastings offers higher education courses in a range of subjects and currently attracts over 800 students.

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The university's Hastings campus doubled in size in 2012, with the addition of the new Priory Square building designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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Sussex Coast College, formerly called Hastings College, is the town's further education college; it is located at Station Plaza, next to the railway station.

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Hastings United is the town's most senior football team, playing in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League.

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Hastings Priory is the town's largest cricket club, having 4 teams playing competitive, as well as a large junior section.

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Hastings has hosted the World Crazy Golf Championships since 2003.

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Many notable figures were born, raised, or lived in Hastings, including computer scientist Alan Turing, poet Fiona Pitt-Kethley, actress Gwen Watford, comedian Jo Brand and Madness singer Suggs.

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