Bohemia Road. What a mess!!!

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northants1066
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Bohemia Road. What a mess!!!

Postby northants1066 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:07 pm

On Tuesday I visited my sister in law , my first trip to Hastings for a couple of years. When back in Hastings I like to drive around my home area of St Leonards and in particular Bohemia Road/ Cornfield Terrace. Oh dear what a shock it was driving into Bohemia Road from Silverhill. I don't think there is one shop still trading. Everything boarded up or made into homes with tatty frontage. Admittedly it was raining but I didn't even see a pedestrian. A once thriving community is now totally dead. In my youth and into my twenties there were shops of all types, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, sweet shops, fish mongers and chippies. hairdressing salons both male and female. Hardware shops (Cosens) mens clothing (Wards) newsagents (Kings) several Pubs and of course a Post Office (which may still be there). A truly depressing voyage down memory lane.

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Re: Bohemia Road. What a mess!!!

Postby Richard » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:39 pm

I agree Bohemia village is like a ghost town now, the bus service is abysmal, from my experience.
Was the area just another satellite village of the poor, where the workers lived in their own impoverished districts: Hollington, Silverhill, Bohemia, Halton, the Old Town and, worst of all, Ore, supplying labour to the area of Hastings under construction in the mid-late Victorian era?
All these outlying villages waxed and waned at various times, depending on projects in Hastings and St. Leonards.
They each have different histories and Bohemia has connections with a Farm House of the same name, later developed into a grand mansion.
Lower Bohemia has more immediate connections with Hastings, being the site of Fire, Police, Law Courts and Cricket Grounds but Upper Bohemia (village) seems to be stagnating and yet it is also perched within easy access, and on on the upper reaches of, Alexandra Park.

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Re: Bohemia Road. What a mess!!!

Postby Richard » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:39 pm

I don't know if the locals there are miserable but a lot of people in central Hastings seem quite depressed.
Lack of jobs and opportunities perhaps.


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