Hastings

Pelham Crescent and St. Mary in the Castle in the early 1900s   No. 589

It took so long to set up the cumbersome mahogany camera on its wooden tripod, that there was always time for an inquisitive child to position themself in the photograph.
This boy is noticeably well-dressed in his tweed knickerbocker suit, starched shirt and polished boots. Maybe he has been escorting his Grandmamma, seen taking the sea air on the bench behind him.
The sign for "Ellis Son & Vidler" on the wall behind them can still be clearly seen under many layers of white paint a 100 years later.
The road was much narrower then, - the carriageway presently goes right through everything seen in the foreground. Though if the Council takes its "traffic calming" policies to their logical conclusion it won't be long before the road is returned to its former width.