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Hastings is one of a number of resorts on the South coast of Sussex.  The town is well know - mainly due to the association with the famous battle which took place just north of Hastings, in 1066.  In that year William landed and fought his famous battle. 

In centuries to come Hastings importance was boosted by its location on the coast, and its association with the Cinque ports.  It was also an important fishing port, and like other towns on the South Coast, grew rapidly after the arrival of the railway around the middle of the 18th Century.

Today Hastings is a thriving town - boosting a number of tourism attractions, as well as many hotels, a pier, and a cliff railway.  The town is also been host to many national and international sporting events, and cultural events.  The fishing fleet has been greatly reduced over the years, but fishing boats can still be seen, and are still catching fish, which can be purchased on the sea front.

Hastings is also the name of the Borough, in which the town is located.  The Borough also incorporates St.Leonards, which lies to the West of Hastings, roughly between Hastings and Bexhill.