All Saints Street

Sarah  Dawson

Staplehurst, United Kingdom

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Hastings had two important streets: High Street on the west side of the valley and All Saints Street on the east, with the Bourne Stream running down to the sea between them. All Saints Street at that time was also known as Fisher or Fish Street, reflecting the fact that it was the area where most of the fishing community lived. The town’s bigger shops, commercial premises and better-off residents tended to be found in or near High Street, called Market Street until 1814, and when Hastings grew as a resort the visitors and their facilities tended to concentrate on this west side of the valley. As the town expanded it went west as an extension of High Street, through what was first called the suburbs and then, from 1811, George Street, the town’s ‘shopping centre’ until the mid-1800s. The poor gravitated towards the All Saints Street district, where small houses and tenements were crammed into the gardens of the existing dwellings.

This social splitting of the town into east and west of the Bourne Stream coincided with the administrative division of the borough into the two old parishes of All Saints and St Clements. The poorer fishing people mainly lived in All Saints parish, while the wealth and power of the town lay in St Clements. As the built-up area extended westward rather than eastward in the 19th century the divide between the two widened, with St Clements becoming disproportionately richer and more dominant in the town’s affairs.

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