Hastings - the pearl of the South Coast
 

I live in an old Georgian rectory in Hastings Old Town with a walled garden in the back and a pub that brews its own beer across the road. The Lower Torfield Allotments are just up the road. You can see the sea from the top of the garden and it's a few minutes walk to have a swim in the protected waters of the harbour arm, which was built in Victorian times and promptly hit by a storm that knocked away its centre. The charm of Hastings is that it never quite made it - each time it raised money to build a harbour a storm blew it away, thereby ensuring a fate of genteel poverty and freedom from the development that has spoiled the rest of the South East coast of England.

 
 

  Find out more about Hastings by visiting: www.hastings.gov.uk