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Hastings and Neighbourhood by Walter Higgins

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[Illustration: Cover art]

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[Frontispiece: THE OLD TOWN, HASTINGS]

A few old timbered houses, the two churches, one on each side of the slope, form, with the castle, the sum total of the tangible reminders of ancient days.

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HASTINGS

AND NEIGHBOURHOOD

Described by Walter Higgins

Painted by E. W. Haslehust

[Illustration: Title page]

BLACKIE AND SON LIMITED

LONDON GLASGOW AND BOMBAY

1920

BEAUTIFUL ENGLAND

BATH AND WELLS BOURNEMOUTH AND CHRISTCHURCH CAMBRIDGE CANTERBURY CHESTER AND THE DEE THE CORNISH RIVIERA DARTMOOR DICKENS LAND THE DUKERIES THE ENGLISH LAKES EXETER FOLKESTONE AND DOVER HAMPTON COURT HASTINGS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD HEREFORD AND THE WYE THE ISLE OF WIGHT THE NEW FOREST NORWICH AND THE BROADS OXFORD THE PEAK DISTRICT RIPON AND HARROGATE SCARBOROUGH SHAKESPEARE LAND SWANAGE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD THE THAMES WARWICK AND LEAMINGTON THE HEART OF WESSEX WINCHESTER WINDSOR CASTLE YORK.

BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND

EDINBURGH THE SHORES OF FIFE.

BEAUTIFUL IRELAND

LEINSTER ULSTER MUNSTER CONNAUGHT.

BEAUTIFUL SWITZERLAND

LUCERNE VILLARS AND CHAMPERY CHAMONIX LAUSANNE AND ITS ENVIRONS.

CONTENTS

HASTINGS

PEVENSEY AND HURSTMONCEUX

BATTLE ABBEY

ECCLESBOURNE AND FAIRLIGHT

WINCHELSEA

RYE

BODIAM

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

The Old Town, Hastings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

Hastings Castle

Hastings and St. Leonards from the Castle

St. Leonards Gardens

Pevensey Castle

The Gateway, Battle Abbey

Fairlight Glen

The Strand Gate, Winchelsea

Winchelsea Church

Rye

Rye Church

Bodiam Castle

[Illustration: Hastings headpiece]

HASTINGS

Hastings is the gateway into an enchanted garden.

Between the hills and the sea it lies the most romantic province in this England of ours. Scarcely a place in it seems to belong to this present: from end to end it is built up almost entirely of memories. The very repetition of the names Rye, Winchelsea, Pevensey, Battle, Bodiam, Hurstmonceux conjures up the past in all its magnificence and all its sadness. Nowhere in so small a space shall you find so many monuments to the greatness of England's former days, to the imperishable glory of her people; nowhere in our coasts shall you find a stretch of land so crowded with the ghosts of dead men and dead empires.

If for this alone, the territory, no matter how ill favoured and unattractive, would be worth visiting and revisiting. But there is yet another call that of the intrinsic beauty of the country side. And the call here is insistent. Hills and the sea; great folding downs and little valleys dropping fatness; immense stretches of lonely marsh and the nestling charms of copse hidden villages; gentlest of streams slipping lazily through peacefullest of domains; wildest of breakers spending themselves at the base of steep tawny cliffs. Thus is the land compact. One is always reminded of a passage from Mark Twain: "That beauty which is England is alone; it has no duplicate. It is made up of very simple details, just grass, and trees, and shrubs, and roads, and hedges, and gardens, and houses, and churches, and castles, and here and there a ruin, and over all a mellow dreamland of history. But its beauty is incomparable and all its own." And search where you will north, south, east, west nowhere can you come upon a spot to which these words might with greater fitness be applied; for this sequestered little area is the microcosm of England.

Despite its wilderness of bricks and mortar, Hastings itself is, under certain conditions, a place by no means unbeautiful. Possibly it is from the sea that it appears in happiest mood. One can take a boat on a high summer's morning, when the sun is shining gaily on its steep grass capped cliffs, its fragment of castle ruin, its red and blue grey roofs, when the sea is mazing away into every tint of emerald and sapphire... Continue reading book >>




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