|ALL SAINTS STREET TODAY, in the Fishermen's quarter of Hastings Old Town|
And so it was that I found myself breathing in the atmosphere, and boring my companions to death by endless references to the plot, that, half way along All Saints Street, I came across... Tilly's Cottage.
|THE HOUSE IN QUESTION Did a real Tilly Medcalf live here?|
I went slightly cold on seeing the name. Despite some time spent in the area, the house had not been noticed before, and I could not help but think someone was playing some sort of trick. Complaints from the others combined with an offer to alert the police finally persuaded me to move on but, even now, the coincidence seems extraordinary.
They say that truth can be stranger than fiction, and this mixture of both has set my mind racing.
|THE TAMARISK STEPS |
Where Alex ran in with the Luck brothers
|ALL SAINTS CHURCH|
(The gentry worshiped at St Clements)
|BOATS USED FOR SMUGGLING were|
frequently sliced in two.
But could still be used for other purposes.
|MANY OTHER PURPOSES...|
|THE STADE AND ROCK-A-NORE TODAY|
|MINE FOR A FIVER a period pewter tankard bought in the lanes nearby|
|ABOARD THE ENTERPRISE A later lugger that is preserved and on display at the Hastings Fisherman's Museum (once the fisherman's church) on the Rock-a-Nore|