Hastings, (East Sussex)

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Hastings is an old fishing town on the Sussex coast. It is perhaps most famous as the site of the Battle of Hastings, which changed the course of English history. The battle actually took place at Battle, some six miles inland from Hastings.

St Clement's is the parish church, a building which stands on the site of an earlier church which was destroyed by the French in 1378.

Following the town's rapid growth and expansion during the 19th century many new churches and chapels were built.

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Once the head of The Cinque Ports, the harbour disappeared in the great storm of 1287, but despite this Hastings still supports the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in Britain. They make a colourful sight drawn up on beach at the bottom of East Hill when not in use.

Although the port, as well as many of the town's buildings, are now under the sea (only 2 out of 7 medieval churches remain), there remain a large number of well preserved ancient buildings.

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All Saints is an ancient church, and is built in the Perpendicular style. The tower, with its crenelations, makes a striking sight as it is set up on a hill above the road.

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Close to All Saints Church is the Ebenezer Baptist chapel situated in Ebenezer Road.

Other Hastings parishes:

Hastings, All Saints, Hastings, All Souls, Hastings, Christ Church & St Andrew, Hastings, Emmanuel, Hastings, Holy Trinity, Hastings, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, St Mary Magdalen, St Leonards.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Congregational Church, The Croft

Congregational Mission Chapel

Croft Chapel

St Clement

St Mary Star of the Sea

St Nicholas (Fishermens Church)

Wellington Square Baptist Church

Wesleyan Chapel

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

42 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 581500, 109500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 539 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 940 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Local Histories by Tim Lambert has a history of Hastings


There are 545 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Roughwood Postcard Album has an interesting image of a World War I submarine washed ashore on Hastings beach

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 425 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

138 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

287 entries from the 1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1791 Universal British Directory for Hastings.

1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex for Hastings.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Hastings is available on the GENUKI site

1840 Pigot Directory for Hastings


There are 15 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 68 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 53 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 8 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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