Fishermen Museum
Museum type :
Art Museum

Established in :
1854

Holidays :
None

Visiting Hours :
Weekdays - 10:00am - 9:00pm Weekends - 9:00am - 11:00pm

Contact No :
01424 461446

Location :
East Sussex, England , United Kingdom

Display Objects :

Fishermen museum consists of

  • Fine Art

  • Photographs

  • Maritime Social

  • Local History




  • Description :

    • The Museum is the former Fishermen s Church of St Nicholas.

    • It was built in 1854 on the beach at the heart of the fishing industry because fishermen rarely attended the two nearby parish churches of All Saints and St Clements.

    • They were seen as local aborigines in a state of great mental darkness.

    • The new church was built of Kentish rag stone, with a pulpit and communion table at the east end, and seating for 290 people.

    • Although initially opposed by the local community, by the 1880s this mission church to the fishermen had become popular, and remained so until the Second World War.

    • It was then requisitioned by the military and used as a store.

    • After the war, Hastings Council would only offer it on a one-year lease, which made it uneconomic to restore the damaged building as a church.

    • It was therefore used as a store by traders until the early 1950s.

    • The Fishermen Church was a chapel of ease and was never formally consecrated, but it is still used today for religious events, including baptisms, harvest festivals and carol concerts.

    • The Hastings Fishermens Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Hastings.