1200 Postcards in Hastings

Some English seaside resorts have emerged from a long decline, following the advent of cheap overseas holidays, to forge a more prosperous future. Hastings is probably still work in progress in that respect, but there is lots to admire about this Sussex coastal town, not least the East Hill cliff railway, opened in 1902 using the water balance principle.

The town is a hotch-potch of building styles, thrown together as if by a town planner on acid.

Near here is Twelve Hundred Postcards, a micropub named after a sweet shop that occupied the same premises a hundred years ago.

The owner, a Mr Wall, achieved notoriety for illegally selling under the counter French postcards. He was found guilty of corrupting the morals of the community and sentenced to three months hard labour for his trouble. 1,200 postcards were destroyed. This example from the pub’s Facebook page illustrates the depravity of his actions. I think we can agree he got off lightly.


A fresh glass of 4% Level Best from Rother Valley Brewery was enjoyed in this chatty bar. Then it was down to the seafront, where the mix of architecture ranges from old fisherman’s huts to Marine Court towards St Leonard’s, built in 1938 with the eastern front designed to resemble the Queen Mary liner.

There are many less ambitious but highly individual buildings scattered and squeezed along the front.

Tucked in near there is the Jolly Fisherman, another micropub that benefits from being housed in a characterful building.

It’s big on cider and surprising to find its two cask beers hailing from England’s north west. The Mallinson’s was on song.

These two pubs are strong additions in a town where a good day’s quaffing can easily be enjoyed.

10 thoughts on “1200 Postcards in Hastings

  1. I like the kisses at the end of the post, mirroring those racy postcards.

    It’s so long since I visited that coast I’ve no idea if these are new GBG entries or not; they look likely.

    Hastings is great, isn’t it, I know the Southworths loved it. I didn’t even know there was that wonderful Old Town till a decade ago.

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    1. It’s a brilliant place to explore and these are the two new entries. I made a mess of posting this – it appeared on Twitter as a thread for some reason. The kisses were supposed to be a prompt to insert additional text. My already limited capacity to master technology is fading quickly. Need a tutorial.

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  2. I used to make an annual trip to Hastings for the Jack in the Green may day celebrations but it hasn’t been on for the past two years. I’m fond of The Jolly Fisherman and will seek out the postcards place when I next go there. It’s great to hear about its saucy past. Also love the Jenny Lind and the First in Last Out on the old High Street and the pub with the mummified cats…

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