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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s East Sussex listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- The Brighton Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three campaigns, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, from 1811 Prince Regent. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century, with the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors ever executed in the British Isles.
- The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is within a church built on the Stade in 1852, which fell out of use after the Second World War. In 1956 local people concerned about preserving the maritime history of Hastings took over the old Fishermen’s Church. They knocked down part of a wall and pulled inside one of the last of the luggers (sailing fishing boats), the Enterprise. All around it are many models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and a wide variety of other fishing artifacts.
- Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum contains information regarding Newhaven and its neighbouring locality from prehistoric times to yesteryear. There are models of ships, aircraft, and historically-important locations. The walls of the museum provide a gallery for some of the best local pictures produced by acknowledged local artists. Filing cabinets contain historic information about the building of the harbour, the coming of the railways, railways that didn’t happen, shipwrecks, smuggling, Newhaven’s Bridges, Lifeboats, Seaplanes, Sheerlegs, Fires, Celebrations, Famous people… the list is endless.
- The Brighton Clock Tower (also known as the Jubilee Clock Tower) is a Grade II listed free-standing clock tower in the centre of Brighton. Built in 1888 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the distinctive structure included innovative structural features and became a landmark in the popular and fashionable seaside resort.
- Hastings Castle, before or immediately after landing in England in 1066 William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover, a few days after the battle. Hastings Castle was originally built as a motte-and-bailey castle near the shore. In 1070 William had issued orders for the Castle to be rebuilt in stone, along with the St Mary’s Chapel.
- Rye Castle Museum has two sites.The East Street Site, a former brewer’s bottling factory, is the main exhibit area for the Rye Castle Museum. The local history exhibits include fire fighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea’s retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games, photos, town seals, and archaeological artifacts. Ypres Tower is the other site. Exhibits include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps.
- Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress was built between 1804 and 1810 to support the associated Martello Towers in defending against the threat of an invasion by Napoleon. Now a military museum contains military collections of The Royal Sussex Regiment, The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, the Sussex Combined Services. In addition the museum also features displays on the History of the British Army, the Life of the Redoubt display and a model of the Redoubt Fortress.