A fisherman making nets by the net huts

The fishing huts and fishing fleet are based at the Stade, the word dates back to before the battle for Hastings and means ‘landing place’.
Image reproduced with permission of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Fishing boats often pass the Pier on their way out to sea; it should be possible to spot their registration numbers. All fishing boats in the UK have to be registered at a port this has been the situation since the end of the 18th Century. Hastings is not a port, our nearest port is at Rye, so the “R” stands for Rye, and the “X” for Sussex.

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