The Pump House George Street Hastings 1978

Franks Shoebox collection © HAPP1066

Hasting and Area, Past and Present… The Pump House in 1978. “Tasty Pub Grub”. I remember the Hott Stuff takeaway. They did some fantastic battered mushrooms 🙂. Big apologies to Lloyds Bank next door, whose night safe deposit box was often the recipient of discarded chip bags! We can also see the pub sign for The Anchor, a charity shop and Len Butlers Emporium.

Alan Esdaile… I forgot about Lloyds Bank being in George Street!

Danielle Reed… I knew there was a bank there had a discussion about this a few years ago mystery solved lol

Wendy Weaver… Love the Citroen parked in front

Ken Wilson… Seems odd now that we were able to drive and park there

Pauline Sims… Brings back some interesting memories, mostly good ones of happy times!

Bob Searle… Lovely times

Malcolm McDonald… Wasn’t that pub built and made to look old was it a lifeboat house or something before it was built?

John Wilde… Malcolm, built 1929 in the Tudor style

Chris Fitzgerald… The hot stuff shop was a juke box shop in 78. I used to get old Juke box records from there.

David Kent… Nice to see Woody Allen and Sean Connery holidaying together in Hastings.

Alan Wood… When I ventured out to Hastings this was the first pub I had to pay over a £ for a pint ,a shock I can still remember

Chris Baker… I lived at “Showstopper” at No 7. I remember Len and Harold Butler ran separate (Near identical) shops a few doors apart. I wonder if Harry Reynolds, who lived about Harold Butler’s, can tell us what happened?

Peter Houghton… I remember when you used to Drive and Park downtown George Street The Street seems to be narrower now

Rod Rolfe… I think the pump house used to be a shoe shop,my mum used to work there as a cleaner when it first opened,I think the landlord was Jack Griffen



John Taplin radio station

photo: Leon Heller. Historical Hastings

Leon Heller… John Taplin, a blind radio amateur, demonstrating his radio station to some youngsters. The Taplin Centre in St Leonards is named after him. Our club, the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club, used to meet there. I think he belonged to it, the club’s been going since the 1920s.

Alan Esdaile… I remember him, when I lived in St Thomas’s Road and pretty sure he lived in the house, next door to the Grocers in Whitefriars Road.

Bernard Goffredo… no it was opposite on the corner of Emmanuel Road just near to where I lived there were lots of Ariel wires strung over the front of the house


The Sound Of Music film back at Classic Hastings 24th September 1967

Lyn Humphrey… At the time, I hated that film. Bexhill Cinema had it on exclusively for six whole months–so there were NO WESTERNS FOR ME TO WATCH! I can appreciate it more now (but I still prefer a good old-fashioned western).

Dennis Torrance… I remember seeing A fist full of dynamite on a wet Sunday evening at The Curzon when it was first released. I thought it might be a bad film as without Clint Eastwood but brilliant with Rod Stieger James Corben the music was brilliant to

Cupids Inspiration – YMCA Hastings – 23rd Sept 1970

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andre Martin… That was a good show for so many reasons ????

Alan Esdaile… I heard the dj was pretty good that night.

Andre Martin… Sensational would be the best description !!

Mick O’Dowd… Whatever happened to Marshall Scott?

Andre Martin… Retired and lives his life remembering the past ! lol

Taffy’s – last place to eat for musicians & music lovers 1969


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin….Here is an advert that would have brought a great cheer from the Musical fraternity – bands and dj’s alike when it appear in August 1969 – how many used this food outlet during the early hours ? Perhaps it needs ” Blue Plaque” for services to the former youths of the town ! – I was almost going to say the Culinary Culture of the Town.

Robert Searle…..Really useful after gigs at Hastings area and onwards. Loved those days.

Mick Knights…..Also useful for those returning from the Sundowner

Gary Kinch…..Ahh…..remember taffys. He had a chippy in ore too. Spent many an hour chatting with him in there….Barry Baynon was his name. “Taffy,” was his dad.

Leigh Wieland-Boys…..What a blast from the past..! Stop off after a night out in either direction Sundowners, Kings or the Continental one way – Bonita’s, Scalliwags, Rennies, The Astral….to name but a few, the other!

Alan Esdaile….Fish & Chips tasted so much better in those days, was it down to eating them out of newspaper?

Leigh Wieland-Boys……out of newspaper & in the wee hours of the morning, much tastier!

Nick Prince…..ah yes, those crinkle cut chips……..

Mick O’Dowd…..What would we have done without it. Sadly Barry & Co have passed to that great chippire in the sky. R.I.P.

Peter Millington… I used to get Fish and Chips there every time The Confederates played in Eastbourne which was most weekends. Taffy was in charge until his son inherited the night life in front of the fryer. I knew him as Buddy i.e. Buddy Beynon. My waist line was severely damaged in the years between 1964 and 1967 – the Confederate years and then again between 1967 and 1975 – The SPYKE years. Happy times, RIP Taffy and Buddy and thanks for the inches!

Andre Martin… How would we have existed without food outlets such as this, another was the Beachcomber along by the pier – I think the owner was Andy feeding us into the early hours of the morning !!

Dave Nattress… Yes Taffy’s – I’ve always remembered this from being a young lad of maybe no more than 10 years old. Me and a few mates walking from Bexhill to Hastings along the seafront and stopping off inland at Taffy’s about midday. I didn’t have a few pence for a bag of chips but Taffy gave me a bag for free – I’ve always remembered such a kind gesture. He got paid back time and time again when I was a good bit older though

Alan Mitchell… If I remember correctly the reason it was closed was that, Taffy after giving fish and chips away all day on St Patricks day, slightly worst for wear left the fryer on and it burned the place out. His son Barry who took over was a fishing pal of mine.

Mick Knights… No, it was the day that Prince Charles was made Prince of Wales, the rest of the story is right though.

Mick O’Dowd…. Many a artery blocking/ cholestral busting bags of fish & chips have I consumed. There was also a milk machine at the end of Bulverhythe Road which acted many a time as a lifesaver when dehydrated.

Kristin Beynon… Taffy (Cyril) Beynon was my Grandfather and yes it was the Prince of Wales day. Sadly I never met him, as I was born eight years after he passed.

Tim Moose Bruce… Was a regular one when tearing around in cars with cb radios. Barry’s handle was Omega.Mine was Spiny Norman.

Mike Waghorne… Remember it well in the late 60’s & 70’s & the bands that stopped off there after the pier gigs

John Wilde… It was a rite of passage.

Peter Millington… We, The Confederates popped into Taffy’s after gigs in the early/mid 1960’s. There was always a Q as many other groups did the same thing – great memories!

Peter Fortsch… Couldn’t beat a couple of Greasy Beano Burgers and a pile of chips in the early hours after doing a Gig. Often drove a fair distance from venue cos we knew Taffys would be open.

Jennifer Hemming… Barry Beynon was my Boyfriend I was 17 & he was 18 , Taffy ( Cyril ) & his Amazing wife Kay ,I remained very close to until they passed away 😢 we had such fun times in that little house adjoining the Fish & chip Shop , Barry & I also remained the best of friends until he passed sadly in 2008 great family , the shop was notorious ,open until the early hours . RIP Guy’s You are all Remembered with such affection ❤️❤️X

Andy Caine… Barry Beynon, taught me my first guitar chords! Lovely guy.

Gerry Fortsch… Graham and myself always ended the evening after a gig with the Hippo Band at Taffy’s no matter where we had been playing that night, Graham liked the fish and chips but I always went for the healthy burgers in batter and chips, what a way to spend your early hours of a new dawning. Rock & Roll

Colin Bell… In common with other comments, can’t count the number of times i stopped there after doing a gig. What a great character he was, liked a drink or two i remember!

Joan Ann Cooper-fenner… Great memories of going after our nights out!

Supersound Amplifier Kings Road St Leonards featured in Hastings Independent Press

photo and write up: Jude Montague

Matt Armstrong with the Supersound Amplifier

Browsing the internet on the trail of local manufacturing history, Matt Armstrong discovered an interesting early 1960s amplifier. When he noticed the label said 26A King’s Road, his heart started pounding. We went to pick it up from the seller who worked at Bexhill Trade Paints. He wanted the amp to stay in the local area…

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Jim The Jollyfish

photo © Stephen Partington.  Shared from

Stephen Partington…  Who remembers Jim the Jollyfish? Me in about 1954…”.

Hastings And Area Past & Present… I am so pleased that Stephen sent us this rare photo of the Jollyfish. We have seen so few photos of it. I know for sure that Mick O’Dowd will be pleased to see this!

Mick O’Dowd… Yes I am pleased to see this! I now know i’m nearly sane!