Hastings - Bexhill - Rye Coast Guide
Hastings is a flourishing seaside resort which is popular with the French. This popularity originated in 1066 when William the Conqueror landed nearby and got into a bit of a barney with the locals. The legacy of that invasion is still with us today in the shape of - baguettes, au pairs and Beaujolais. The successful invasion of England by William the Conqueror at Hastings was probably the most significant event in our history since the Romans of course!
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On October 14 1066 William, Duke of Normandy, landed at Pevensey with around 700 ships and 7000 men, they marched rapidly towards Hastings to confront Harold the English King. The fighting actually took place a couple of miles inland, at the place now called Battle, in honour of the ancient conflict. Harold had an army of equal size, around 7000 and the two armies clashed in bloody conflict that lasted half a day. The turning point came when William's men appeared to retreat and the English army began to pursue them. This action left a gap in their line and the French turned on them and broke their lines. During this final phase Harold was fatally wounded by an arrow in his eye and died shortly afterwards. William marched for London and was crowned King in December 1066. And so we all became Normans!
Today French people are still welcome in the town - but not if they bring 700 ships with them! Hastings is a popular holiday resort with a traditional English flavour. It has good beaches and a promenade with the usual attractions and cafes. There is still a large fishing fleet at Hastings which launch from the beach.
Above the town are the ruins of the first castle built by William the Conqueror after his successful invasion. At the nearby town of Battle you can find Battle Abbey which William built as atonement for the casualties at the battle.
Bexhill is a small seaside resort between Brighton and Hastings that has its own character and attractions. there is a long promenade and sandy beach to go with it. Much of the town's architecture is from the Edwardian era and there is an atmosphere of faded grandeur about the place. However there is still plenty to see and do around the resort and there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants to choose from.
The ancient town of Rye is brimming with history and charm. Described as 'the prettiest town in Britain' in some guides this is a gem of a tourist resort. Half timbered Tudor houses line the twisting cobbled streets and old inns offer a warm welcome to the weary traveller as they have done for hundreds of years. In the 14th century Rye became a Cinque Port which enabled it to raises its own taxes in exchange for providing men and ships to aid the defence of the realm. It was in the front line against the invading French and was nearly burnt down in 1377. today it survives as a unique historic snapshot of 'Olde Englande' but its none the less for that. this is genuine history and what we all flock to see - so it can get very busy at the height of summer.
Places to visit in and around Hastings
Shipwreck Heritage Centre - Rock-a-Nore Road Hastings Old Town Contact Information Call (01424) 437452.
The Amsterdam - The remains of a Dutch East Indiaman ship which sank in 1749 can still be seen on the beach at low tide.
Crazy - Adventure Golf - Marine Parade Contact Information: Telephone: 01424 437227
Clambers Play Centre - Adventure play for under 12's plus golf course. White Rock Gardens Hastings East Sussex TN34 1LD Telephone: 01424 423778
Underwater World - Rock-a-Nore Road Hastings East Sussex Contact Information: Telephone: 01424 718776
Battle Abbey - Built to commemorate the battle of Hastings
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