Typography observations in Hastings

An observation of typography, lettering and visual communication in Hastings, a town rich in history, in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England.

Ranked third most deprived seaside town in England, the town centre is split into two main areas, the ‘new town’ where you’ll find your generic chain shops and cafés, and the ‘old town’ in the East, which is the supposed culture quarter – it hosts a variety of independent cafés, restaurants, and specialist shops trading antiques and art. Before approaching the Stade, the site of Europes largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats, is the Jerwood Gallery – a contemporary addition to a much traditional setting.

On the hills above the town are the ruins of Hastings Castle with Britain’s steepest funicular railway to take you up.

Old Town, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Old Town, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.

Also, worth noting is the pier, that famously was set ablaze, is located further along the seafront to the West, in front of White Rock Theatre. It has been regenerated and has become an open area for music festivals and other popular events.

Shops

Children’s Library. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Children’s Library. Photo: David John Lewis.
Hoagies. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Hoagies. Photo: David John Lewis.
Haircutters. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Haircutters. Photo: David John Lewis.
Waterfalls. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Waterfalls. Photo: David John Lewis.
Racer Computers. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Racer Computers. Photo: David John Lewis.
Smiffy’s Chippy. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Smiffy’s Chippy. Photo: David John Lewis.
Bradley’s. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Bradley’s. Photo: David John Lewis.
Old Town Tattoos. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Old Town Tattoos. Photo: David John Lewis.
Dispensing Chemist, Ophthalmic Optician. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Dispensing Chemist, Ophthalmic Optician. Photo: David John Lewis.
Sweet Cheeks. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Sweet Cheeks. Photo: David John Lewis.
Up the garden path. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Up the garden path. Photo: David John Lewis.
Roberts Rummage. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Roberts Rummage. Photo: David John Lewis.
Shop, sign painting. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Shop, sign painting. Photo: David John Lewis.
Delboys seaside supplies. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Delboys seaside supplies. Photo: David John Lewis.

The Stade

The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.

Ben Eine’s alphabet street

Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.

Culture petri dish

I recommend next time you’re in this part of the country, pop down to Hastings and have a look around, there are lots to see and do, it’s amazing the variety on offer, crack out the ol’ Tripadviser.

Yes, deprivation is around, as it is in most places, but it’s not a hindrance, as I find it’s often a catalyst for regeneration, new art, and renewed community spirit. It is the home to the Jerwood Gallery and ‘has developed its reputation as one of the UK’s cultural centres’, read Culture Trips overview.

So see you there!

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