Hastings Castle, the Collegiate Church of St Mary and the Ladies' Parlour

East Sussex

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Rock Shelter

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

East Sussex County Council

District Council

Hastings Borough Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Hastings and Rye

Grid Reference

OV821821 (582124, 109513)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.8559, 0.5879

Nearest Postcode

TN34 3RF

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Numerous fissures in the cliffs below Hastings Castle from which prehistoric and later artefacts have been recovered. Circa 1878 R Garraway Rice found flint implements which he described as Neolithic plus potsherds in loose sand at the foot of some of the fissures. A little before 1895, WJ Lewis Abbot explored the area and found what he described as a "kitchen midden" containing shells, animal bones, stone and bone implements, and potsherds, these last said to range from Bronze Age to Roman in date. Curwen later argued that the pottery was Iron Age at the earliest, with the bulk being Medieval. Mesolithic flints have subsequently been found on other occasions, including during Ordnance Survey field investigation in 1952.

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