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“What a history!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The America Ground

The America Ground
Ranked #37 of 66 things to do in Hastings
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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“What a history!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012

OK, Hastings is remembered for 1066 in particular, but this small part of Hastings, that was formed by a storm at sea bringing in shale and silt hundreds of years ago, saw the locals declare indepence, but bearing allegiance to the USA! They didn't want to pay rates to Hastings, so the King had to agree to a statute that took over the land for the monarch/GB... The declaration of independence is celebrated every year still (obviously a resurrected, ie a newish tradition).
The area, mostly Robertson Street, which is basically built over the old harbour, also has great bars and shops to occupy your time, and you're not that far from the seafront as it is now...

Visited July 2012
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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“Its not just the old town that has historical character”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

The America Ground is the old bit of the new town, and is often overlooked by tourists but is well worth a detour to. The name derives from a time in the early 1800s when land recently claimed from the sea was declared by a group of settlers inspired by the American war of indepence as the 24th American state (claiming immunity from rent, taxes or laws of the council). There is a large mural commemorating the site and festival on 4th of July celebrating the history of the area. The area contains some of Hastings finest buildings: including the Brassey Institute (now the library), the two former Hastings observer buildings (one Venetian gothic one which is now a stylish b&b and furniture shop, the other 1920s modernist (now sadly abandoned)), the parisian style shopfront of waterfalls, the triangular Holy Trinity Church and the french chauteauesque Palace Court. There are also a good range of bars, cafes, restaraunts and independent shops (including a great wholefood shop)

Visited May 2012
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