Hastings has an important role in British history, first for its associations with the 1066 Battle of Hastings (which actually took place in the area of the nearby town of Battle), but also as part of the powerful medieval Confederation of Cinque Ports. At that time Hastings was an important fishing port, but the lack of a natural harbour, storms and French raids caused a decline. There is still a fishing fleet operating from Hastings, but the 1896 harbour project was never completed.
Hastings Old Town is an interesting area for tourists, with it's old buildings, the unusual Grade II listed 'Net Shops' in The Stade, the beach attractions, and until recently a Pier. The Pier was badly damaged by fire in 2010. In 2011 a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was made available raising hopes that the Pier can be re-developed.
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Hastings is located in the county of East Sussex. The East Sussex coast is reknowned for offering energetic towns such as Brighton and Hastings, but also the picturesque coastal scenery of locations such as Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park.
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