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Famous Hastings People

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Catherine Cookson, world famous author spent 46 years in Hastings ( she spent longer in Hastings than anywhere else) and started her writing career here.

A "Virtual Tour" of Catherine Cookson's Hastings is being constructed and will be added to soon, in the meantime some pictures from the archive.

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photo Ion Castro

Hastings Public Library (The Brassey Institute) in Claremont (part of the America Ground) where the young Catherine Cookson joined the Writers Circle

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photo Lewis Perry

Hastings Grammar School about 1963 ( a small housing estate now occupies the site). Tom Cookson, Catherine's husband taught there and his Rover car can be seen parked in front of the school.