September –
October 2016

Hastings
Bexhill
Battle
Normandy
Inspired by the 950th
anniversary of the
Battle of Hastings

The America Ground

Situated near Hastings town centre, at the end of Robertson Street, the America Ground is home to a wealth of record shops, boutiques and wholefood stores. But its modern manifestation obscures its origins - it was once a site of proud class struggle.

The working classes occupied the ground, and refused outside checks on their 'lawless' and 'drunken' behaviour (hoisting American flags to symbolise their independence). In response, the Victorian gentry attempted to oust the working classes - who eventually moved their buildings to St Leonards-on-Sea.

Who would have thought that Hastings' 'cool quarter' had such a fierce past?

 

Image credit: Queen Victoria Fat Tuesday by John Fox

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