Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hastings: 1066 Country

I’m spending a day in Hastings, on the south coast of Great Britain, before heading on to my next housesitting gig.

It’s been a cool, grey day, but I’ve enjoyed exploring the city.

It was market day – what luck! I also discovered a small arcade and a very appropriately named bakery.

I wandered on to the Old Town with its winding streets and alleys and old buildings.

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 was the start of the Norman conquest of Great Britain. William the Conqueror built a castle, probably on the earthworks of the earlier Saxon castle. The castle ruins still hover over the town.

The promenade runs for miles along the pebbly beach with old-fashioned hotels and guesthouses all along the promenade.

The pier is new as the old one burnt down in 2010.

At one point, the sun tried to break through – but not for long!

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