- In central Hastings is an area covered by
Harold Place, the Queens Hotel, Robertson Terrace,
Carlisle Parade, White Rock, Robertson Street, Trinity Street, and Claremont, this area to the West
of the Priory-Stream was outside the Hastings Borough boundary and was the result of the sea
receding. This land was settled by squatters who named it "The America Ground" and declared
themselves independent of Hastings. They built houses shops and warehouses and paid no rent rates
or taxes. The borough suggested that lawlessness was rife and the government should take steps to
get rid of the nuisance.
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