The Carlisle Hotel

By John Hodges

Early in the 19th Century, industry in what was to become the new town of Hastings, consisted only of agriculture with its many hop gardens in the Priory Valley and lime burning on the site of Wellington Square. However, one notable exception to this shortage was perhaps the continuing work provided by Continue reading The Carlisle Hotel

Hastings Ripper



By Helena Wojtczak In 1888 a serial killer called Jack the Ripper terrorised the streets of London’s East End. He was never caught and his identity remains a mystery to this day. More than 170 names have been put forward as possible suspects, including Queen Victoria’s grandson the Duke of Clarence and the artist Walter Sickert. But many people believe that Jack the Ripper was a man called George Chapman, who worked for a time as a barber in George Street, Hastings. Continue reading Hastings Ripper

Remembering Fred Masters – Goalkeeper Magnificent

FRED MASTERS 1922 – 2013

By Jim Hollands

It is with great personal sadness that I report the passing, on Monday 25 November, 2013 of Rye United’s post war goalkeeper, Fred Masters, a man who made more appearances (388) for the team than any other player before or since. Continue reading Remembering Fred Masters – Goalkeeper Magnificent

Rye Town Band 1938


Rye had a fine brass band for many years. Alas it is no more. This photograph was taken shortly before the Second War, in 1938, and was loaned to us by Sylvia Cutting whose Dad Bill can be seen third from the left in the top row. Continue reading Rye Town Band 1938