residents and visitors of
19th CENTURY HASTINGS
- Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon and Hastings
- Marianne North: Botanical painter & traveller
- Dr. Sophia Jex Blake: Opening the medical profession to women
- Elizabeth Eiloart, feminist, suffragist, historian, author.
- Hertha Ayrton
protegé of Barbara Bodichon.
- Bessie Rayner
Parkes Belloc, feminist, writer, poet.
- Annie Wood Besant, social
reformer. While living at Warrior Square she married Frank Besant at St Mary Magdalen,
St Leonards, on 21st December 1867.
- Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the
first female medical graduate in the world, who lived for 30
years at Rock House, Exmouth Place, Hastings, and died there in 1910 aged 89. The house
bears a plaque in her honour.
- Clara Collett was a frequent visitor.
- Mary Howitt
(1799-1888), writer and poet, most famous for 'The Spider and the Fly'. Lived in Hastings in
- George Eliot (1819-1880),
friend of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, visited Hastings in May 1845 and St Leonards in 1846 and 1854.
- Dr. Anna Kingsford. Physician, social campaigner, dissident thesophist, vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist, psychic, Hemetic, editor of the Lady's
Own Paper, and feminist. Lived in St Leonards.
- Olive Schreiner, novelist
and suffragist; stayed in St Leonards in 1884, where she joined the local branch of the
National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.
- Elizabeth Siddal. artist
and model. Friend of Bodichon. Married Dante Gabriel Rossetti at St Clement's Church, Hastings.
- Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864), author and poet, most famous for 'The Lost Chord'.
- Caroline Fry (Wilson), author and poet. Lived at London Road and Beech Cottages, d.1846.
- Beatrice Harraden, novelist, at one time lived in Hastings.
- Elizabeth Carte, mother of Richard D'Oyly Carte, lived in Hastings and died at
92 High Street on 24 January 1885.
- Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), visited St Leonards from March to July 1864. Arrived with
Frederick the Great to complete.
- Anna M McNeill, famous for her portrait by her son as 'Whistler's Mother'.
She lived at 43 St Mary's Terrace and died there on 31 January 1881.