Author Archives: Stephen van Dulken

A fire at Marina, St Leonards in 1863

The following account is from the Brighton Gazette, 19 February 1863.  On Sunday morning a fire occurred in this town, and although, fortunately, unattended with no loss of life or personal injury, it resulted in considerable destruction of property, and but for the energy displayed in extinguishing it, would doubtless have been of a far […]

The Lawn, St Leonards in World War II

Volunteers at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are transcribing details of typed reports about damage suffered in raids in World War II onto a spreadsheet. The reports consist of lists by street of houses damaged in each raid. I am one of those volunteers. The information is intriguing, partly because of the details of […]

Threat to an exceptional disused church: St Anne’s, Hollington

St Anne’s church in Chambers Road, Hollington, is in Pevsner, the architectural guide. It is also under serious threat of demolition. In 2022, planning application HS/FA/22/00028 was submitted, to redevelop the site with market housing. Hastings Borough Council Planning Committee rejected it 9-1, for being not good enough. Other applications followed, the latest being HS/FA/24/00239, still to be […]

The Chapman dairymen of 22-23 North Street

This is a brief followup to the talk I gave last Sunday at the Royal Victoria Hotel, which was largely based on the research of Christopher Maxwell-Stewart. The catalogue of The Keep, which has East Sussex’s archives, contains AMS6247/1. This reference has a very detailed catalogue description of the mortgages related to 22-23 North Street. […]

The temperance movement in Victorian St Leonards

Many local branches of national societies urging temperance or total abstinence flourished in St Leonards on Sea in Victorian times. This article gives an idea of the scale of the local movement, and is based on the detailed coverage given each week in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer, which often quoted from speeches, or […]