Hastings old town is situated to the eastern valley of the town. The shingle beach known as the Stade is home to the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in Britain. The fishing boats and the Net Shops are a painters & artists delight and many of these wonderful scenes are captured on canvas or photographs and displayed throughout East Sussex. Net shops are tall black wooden sheds which were built to provide a weather-proof store for the fishing gear made from natural materials to prevent them from rotting in wet weather. The sheds were originally built on posts to allow the sea to go underneath, however more shingle has built up and the sea no longer reaches the huts.
Hastings Old Town has featured in many TV and film productions and more recently with Foyles War highlighting the wonderful architecture of medieval times through to Victorian period. It is thought that the oldest building in the old town is The Court House thought to have been constructed around 1450. All Saints’ Street has many notable buildings. One of the oldest is the timber framed Tudor dwelling known as Shovells, reputedly the home of the mother of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Commander of the Channel Fleet.©