Heritage trail is celebration of town’s iconic features

Just take a look around the streets of Hastings and St Leonards and you’ll see an amazing breadth of history in the buildings and structures that make up the townscape.

It’s was is called ‘the everyday built environment’ and Hastings Heritage Trail has set out to celebrate all that’s significant about the town by leading visitors around ten central locations that have stayed largely unchanged for at least 25 years.

The Heritage Trail has been Created by Hastings born photographer Maxine Beuret and each of the ten locations that make up the trail has been chosen for its fascinating history and a focus on design.

The trail has seven outdoor locations and three indoor. It is supported by a leaflet with a children’s brass rubbing trail, and a website with an Instagram feed and digital storytelling. A key aim is to inspire all generations to enjoy the trail and enjoy the sites of Hastings and St Leonards. People are encouraged to submit their own photographs and videos using the hashtag #hastingsheritagetrail – and these will be displayed on the website and social media platforms.

Maxine Beuret Robertson Terrace Seaview Shelter Hastings Heritage Trail

Maxine Beuret will be exhibiting a selection of photographs from the trail in Hastings train station (over-bridge level) from February 16th until the end of March.

  • Trail locations include:
  • F. Chambers Jewellers, 51 Robertson Street, 1925 (indoor)
  • Claremont Hair Studio, 7 Claremont, 1987 (indoor)
  • Carlisle Parade/Robertson Terrace Seaview Shelters, 1931
  • Carlisle Parade Underground Car Park, 1931
  • Pelham Place Roundabout Fountain, 1960
  • Hastings Crazy Golf Course, 1974
  • The Albion Pub, George Street Bar, 1940 (indoor)
  • The West Hill Lift, George Street, 1891
  • The Net Shop & Jellied Eel Bar, 7a Rock-a-Nore Road, 1968
  • Tamarisk Steps, Rock-a-Nore Road, 1839

At each trail stop, a sign designed by In Situ collective exhibits a single current photograph taken by Maxine Beuret, historical information, space for public user photographs and other artworks, a trail map and a children’s brass rubbing at the outdoor locations.

Interactive website linked to signs

The website’s digital storytelling combines Maxine’s photograph with oral history interviews with local people. The Instagram feed on the website is regularly updated with information and user content.

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