New booklet promotes historic Hastings architecture

The Hastings and St Leonards Society has produced a 36-page heritage booklet in Hastings town centre.

The Hastings Town Center Heritage Trail booklet provides information on the many historical points of interest, especially Victorian architecture, with a recommended trail to follow.

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Archival photographs of some of the features that have been lost over time are included, and a brief history of the area is also provided.

The Hastings and St Leonards Society has produced a 36-page heritage booklet in Hastings town centre. SUS-220420-162337001

A spokesperson for the Hastings and St Leonards Society said: ‘There is much interest in the history and heritage of the town centre, and a booklet providing a path to follow, examining the many points of interest, is long overdue.

“Downtowns nationwide must find new ways to attract ‘traffic’ and business as traditional business practices decline.

“Promoting the heritage value of the town center is one way Hastings attracts people and businesses to the town, and defending our heritage also promotes our civic pride.

“It is proving difficult to actively involve younger generations in organizations concerned with conserving and promoting local heritage, so I hope this brochure will encourage them to do so.

“This Heritage Trails booklet should also benefit tourism in Hastings, by drawing visitors’ attention to the fine architectural character of the town centre.

“Hastings and St. Leonards is one of the best seaside towns in the country for its fine examples of architecture, from Georgian to Victorian, through to the 20th century, and for its fascinating local history.

“Local volunteer-run organizations, such as the Old Hastings Preservation Society, Burtons’ St. Leonards Society, Hastings Local History Group and Hastings and St. Leonards Society, work hard to educate residents and visitors about this history and to protect our local heritage for future generations to enjoy.

“Their work and achievements compare favorably to other historic seaside towns in Britain, but perhaps Hastings Borough Council should support these organizations more – for example, by providing funds for organizations to produce trail booklets – and also leverage more local heritage value when marketing. the city as a tourist attraction.

The Hastings Town Center Heritage Trail costs £4 and is available from the Visitor Information Centre, Hastings Museum and Book Buster.

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