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A walk for Hastings & East Sussex Natural History Society through Burtons’ St Leonards & beyond

“Walking is how the body measures itself against the earth”, a quote from Rebecca Solnit’s ‘Wanderlust: a history of walking’. Usually in a catchment area of 30 miles, the Society walks through sunshine and mud amongst their local flora & fauna and it was my turn to contribute a walk on 25th January, 2024. Managing […]

Lin’s Personal Exploration of Hastings’ Musical History

These are extracts from a dissertation. In these recession-hit times, a traveller to Hastings, walking from the railway station past boarded-up shop fronts towards the fire-damaged pier and on to St. Leonards, might be surprised to discover the town’s elegant and fashionable history. It was the fourth largest resort in England and Wales in the […]

No votes for women: an 1889 plea

In 1889 the journal Nineteenth century published a petition asking that women not be allowed the vote. All of the signatories were women. They appear in an appendix to the June 1889 issue as a “first installment” on pages 355-384. Aristocratic ladies headed the list. The text is available on Google Books. Headed A women’s […]

Some notes on the Olby family of Elmside, 30 Charles Road

I have often admired Elmside, the house at the corner of Charles Road and Brittany Road. Here are some notes on the history of this 1920s house. As we shall see, its first owner met with a horrific death. The Keep, the archives for East Sussex at Falmer, has three planning application documents. The first […]

The Censi family of 14 Eversfield Place

A big advantage of searching for people with unusual names is that they are easy to trace in databases. Here is one example, a family who fell upon hard times. Note that sometimes first names vary from record to record. I first came across the name of Censi in the catalogue entries at the National […]