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Bradshaw’s Guide

Lewes to Hailsham, Eastbourne and Hastings

Hastings Branch

The line from Lewes turns eastward, round the foot of Mount Caburn, and after passing through a valley in the South Downs, reaches the station at Glynde. The line then passes the villages of Selmeston and Alceston to the station at


A little to the north of the village of the same name.

Four miles beyond, the line reaches the station at

Short lines branch off here in opposite directions to Hailsham and Eastbourne.

Hailsham (Branch)

Hailsham, three miles from the junction, is a quiet little market town, situated on a gentle declivity. It has the remains of a priory, and the pinnacled church of Edward III’s time is rather handsome.

Eastbourne (Branch)

Eastbourne has, within a very few years, become fashionable as a watering-place. The bathing is very good, and a number of machines are employed.

Immediately on leaving Polegate, eastward, commences the Pevensey level, the scene of the Norman Conquest; and the coast from hence to Hastings is rich in association with this grand chapter of our civilisation.


Though formerly a place of so much importance as to give name to the hundred, it has now dwindled to an inconsiderable village.

Proceeding eastward we pass along the coast on the very beach as it were, the view relieved only by the Martello towers, which here line the shore. A short distance to the left of the line is the retired village of Hove and its interesting church.


Many persons prefer the retirement, of Bexhill, with its fine bracing air, to the excitement and bustle of the neighbouring towns.

St. Leonards

St. Leonards, the recognised “west-end” of Hastings, with which is now connected, a fine noble archway marking the boundary of the two townships, was planned and executed by the well-known architect, Mr. Decimus Burton, who commenced his bold project in 1828.


The recognised salubrity and mildness of the air, together with the openness of the coast and the smoothness of the beach, have long made Hastings a favourite and a recommended resort.

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