New group and new website proves that Edith does have ‘Friends’

Bringing recognition to an otherwise anonymous marble statue in West Marina Gardens has up until now been pretty much a one-man job but Ian Jarman is delighted to announce that all that looks set to change with the launch of a new website and a new organisation called simply Friends of Edith. Earlier in the […]

Are there flaws in borough council’s housing strategy?

A ‘visionary future’ is what’s needed for the old bathing pool site in St Leonards not high density housing that will, “…add to parking and infrastructure problems.” That’s the view of the West Marina Group (WMG) in St Leonards. It’s seriously concerned about the future of the site: “We want a visionary future for this […]

Recognition for an overlooked statue in an ‘often overlooked’ part of town

There was a party atmosphere in West Marina Garden yesterday afternoon as Ian Jarman fulfilled one of his ambitions and saw a plaque unveiled that explains what the until now anonymous white marble statue that has been sitting there for more than 60 years is all about. It might have cost a relatively modest £350 […]

One man crusade brings recognition for forgotten royal statue

For more than a year Ian Jarman has been on a one man crusade to win recognition for an anonymous white marble statue in West Marina Gardens. The statue depicts the moment that Edith Swanneck – or Edith the Fair – the common law wife of King Harold, finds his body, where he died, on […]

Favourites from 2018 – winning recognition for Harold and Edith

There’s a rather anonymous white marble statue in West Marina Gardens and back in April we heard that local man Ian Jarman was raising money to preserve it. But what was the statue all about, even people who had lived all their lives in Hastings and St Leonards were far from sure what it represented […]

Concrete sculpture a fitting memorial to much loved landmark

He’s a lover of ‘socialist architecture’ and the man who in 2005 fought a valiant battle against the demolition of the 90 concrete chalets at West St Leonards, the last trace of the old bathing pool. That campaign might not have ended in success but Colin Booth’s passion for the work of borough engineer and ‘Concrete […]

Council finds developer to help regenerate old bathing pool site

Almost 30 years after the site was cleared there are now some solid plans on the table for the redevelopment of the former bathing pool site at the west marina in St Leonards. At its cabinet meeting earlier this week members agreed to recommend that Hastings Borough Council works with developers County Gate/Sunley to develop a […]