Pelham Arcade no longer 'in decline'

Published on by Tom Howard (author), Brendan Husebo (author)

Topic(s): Geography, Local News, Real Estate

Pelham Arcade back in the 19th century (photo: Hastings Borough Council)
Pelham Arcade back in the 19th century

Back in 1825, Pelham Arcade in Hastings was one of the finest shopping centres in the UK, if not Europe, and was the scene of many exciting day-trips and dates.

A bustling hive of seaside jollity, the Georgian punters would saunter to the shops enjoying the bright roof lights above them.

Nearly 200 years on, the semi-underground arcade is well on its way to being restored to its former glory.

The Grade II* listed building has become an eyesore in recent times, but over the past four years English Heritage and Hastings Borough Council have been working together to repair this once lively seafront shopping arcade.

The large roof-light that spans the length of the arcade has been replaced to stop it from leaking and the old shop windows are being fitted with traditional timber fronts.

All of this work has allowed the building to be taken off English Heritage's 'at-risk' register, which means the 19th century shopping arcade is no longer seen as being 'in decline'.

Dr Andy Brown, planning and conservation director at English Heritage in the South East, said: "Restoring the historic character and appearance of this special shopping arcade which was created just after the prestigious Burlington Arcade in London, has been a priority for English Heritage."

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