Imagine If You Will A Local Hovercraft Service

By Tony May

Pictures By Andrew Popkin

The sound of the sea lapping gently at the shore, a warm, sunny day in Hastings, blue skies overhead and the piercing cry of seagulls invading your senses. Camera in one hand, sunglasses in the other and with arms outstretched for balance you are creeping gingerly across the pebbles on the beach at St leonards towards a Hovercraft ‘parked’ on the sand near the waters edge… Continue reading Imagine If You Will A Local Hovercraft Service

One In One Out

One in – one out seemed to be the order of the day when The Rev’d Howard Cocks S.S.C retired from both The Church of St Thomas the Martyr Winchelsea and The Rye & Winchelsea Rotary Club. Continue reading One In One Out

The Union Inn

The Pubs of Rye no. 2.

The Union Inn East Street.

By David Russell.

The Union Inn which recently closed has joined the ranks of the ‘Lost Pubs’ of Rye. The building was originally two 16th century cottages and a small shop. The cottages may have been licensed centuries ago, but by the 19th century the building was owned by John Swain and occupied by his under tenant John Hunter, who converted one of the cottages into the Union beer house in 1830. Continue reading The Union Inn

The Calamitous Storm of 1891


On 11th November 1891 a powerful storm raged along the Kent / Sussex coast, wreaking havoc on Hythe, Rye and Hastings. Continue reading The Calamitous Storm of 1891

Before the Age of Health&Safety

By Arthur Woodgate.

There was Only One Long Ladder in Town.

“I have a ventilation pipe to renew on East Guldeford Church” said
the Boss. Continue reading Before the Age of Health&Safety



Every town has its share of characters who add colour to the area and become well known to every resident. They brighten the lives of most the people they meet and become a focal point of the period in which they live. Continue reading Editorial

The Crown All Saints Street


By John Hodges

In the days that Hastings had a town wall it would not have been surprising to find allusions to it in the names of the adjoining streets. Indeed, High Street itself developed along what was the road leading from the Sea Gate, whilst across the valley of the Bourne, All Saints Street was originally known as the ‘Kings Highways leading from the Pulpit Gate to the Minnes’. Continue reading The Crown All Saints Street