The Kettle O’ Fish and Jimper Support Memorial Care Centre

An endless stream of diners partook of a special Fish and Chip Supper at the brand new Kettle O’Fish Restaurant on Saturday 27 March. The event raised a grand total of over £500 for the benefit of the Memorial Care Centre at Rye. Continue reading The Kettle O’ Fish and Jimper Support Memorial Care Centre

The Cinque Ports Arms All Saints Street

 By John Hodges

Over the years many small pubs and beer houses have come and gone in the Old Town of Hastings, none more so than in All Saints Street and the twittens that run in to it from both sides. Some of these premises have a very complete history, of some virtually nothing is known, whilst others never aspired to being identified by a name. Continue reading The Cinque Ports Arms All Saints Street

The Red House Emmanuel Road

 

By John Hodges

Sometime after 1066 the first Norman Castle in England, constructed in stone, was built on what is now known as the West Hill. The original construction was of wood and it was not till some years later that the stone remains of that crumbling edifice that we know today as Hastings Castle came into being. Continue reading The Red House Emmanuel Road

The Royal Standard

By John Hodges

The first licence to sell beer was granted to the Royal Standard at sometime around 1822, at a time that predated the introduction of the new Beer House Act. This piece of sweeping legislation permitted any householder assessed to the poor rate, to obtain from the excise on a payment of two guineas, a licence to sell beer by retail from their dwelling house. Continue reading The Royal Standard

The Cricketers South Terrace

By John Hodges

Sometime early in the nineteenth century Hastings began to expand out of what we now know as The Old Town, that still to this day nestles between its guardian hills. But before this westward expansion could take place substantial removal of the projecting Castle Cliffs had to be accomplished, a formidable precursor to a policy of continual development. Continue reading The Cricketers South Terrace

Some Old Inns Of All Saints Street

 

by John Hodges

Over the years many small pubs and beer houses have come and gone in the Old Town of Hastings, none more so than in All Saints Street and the twittens that run in to it from both sides. Some of these premises have a very complete history, of some virtually nothing is known, whilst others never aspired to being identified by a name. Continue reading Some Old Inns Of All Saints Street

Pen & Ink

Dear Editor,

                  Rye’s very Own Dance Talent

I would be grateful if you could mention in your pen & ink page Rye Dance Centre.

My family and I attended the White Rock theatre in Hastings on February 2nd to watch the “RYE DANCE CENTRE” perform there incredible dance show called RECYCLED. Continue reading Pen & Ink

The Stag

ALL SAINTS STREET

By John Hodges

There is little doubt that All Saints Street now takes its name from the ancient parish church located at its northern end. Previous to this it had been described in old deeds as “The King’s Highwaye leading from the Pulpitt Gate to the Minness”. For a period between these two names, it was known as Fish, or Fisher Street after the calling of so many of those who lived there. Continue reading The Stag

At The Queens Head

Michael Scorey Singer /Songwriter from New Zealand

Michael Scorey has just landed in London from his homeland in New Zealand with his guitar and a fantastic set of songs from his latest CD “Levonia”. Michael is hoping to set up some gigs while he is in Europe. Do not miss this opportunity to sample one of the finest singer / songwriters in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading At The Queens Head