Research Document - The Development of Hastings Seafront

Did you know that Hastings had the world's first underground car park? It was the idea of Sidney Little, borough engineer from 1926, and opened in 1931. The achievement gets a mention on this Souvenir Programme.

The term frontline seems to have originated from after the first parts of the seafront were built. As the town spread west under the cliffs from the end of George Street around Napoleonic times, the promenade was built for access/promenading etc, but it also had to defend the properties from the sea, which they had been built too close to. It is likely that the building of the long straight Eversfield Place (very close to the sea) from c1835 must have been like building a front line in the war against the sea’s gales. So, the 1830s or 40s would probably have been the birth- time of the phrase.

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