Leigh Dyer

Hastings, The Longboat and The Pier

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Yesterday we took a trip to the seaside.  It was chilly with blue skies, so wrapped up warm in a handknitted hat and scarf (of course!) we took a stroll along the prom before visiting family.  I am so lucky to have connections still to my home town.  For those who don’t know, Hastings is a town in East Sussex, on the South East Coast of the UK.  It is where William the Conqueror is commemorated for winning the Battle of Hastings in 1066 (though oddly enough it is little known that he technically won the battle in Battle, a village slightly inland!)




Here’s a snippet of what we saw!

The Landing is a sculpture rising out of the shingle, like a Norman longboat, erected to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

It is majestic and mystical, not enough has been said about such a wonderful piece of art.  It is about midway along the seafront, opposite Denmark Place. It is tasteful and accessible and I absolutely love it!


This tiny little plaque is all that is there to tell you about it  !

You can read more here, a snapshot of the original unveiling as reported in a local Hastings Newspaper last year.


If you are ever down that way go and take a peek.  And whilst you are there no visit would be without a visit to HASTINGS PIER.

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When the pier burned down in 2010 (suspected arson after a long battle to save a failing structure from the 1880’s)  I was so sad.  Now highly excited to see the rebuilt pier has won The Stirling Prize for Best New Building recently !!!  As reported in The Telegraph


*Pier photos not mine, taken from other online articles