Here is a view that must be over 150yrs old, in the quintessentially English Old Town of Hastings, East Sussex, which in 1066 (Normans versus Anglo Saxons) became the most famous landmark in the world. So what came next? Well over time 19 new Hastings would pop up on the global map.
Let’s list them: Hastings, Somerset, England… Hastings, Barbados…Hastings, Sierra Leone… Hastings, New Zealand…Hastings, Tasmania…Hastings River & Hastings Range, New South Wales, Australia… Hastings, Victoria, Australia… Hastings Island, Louisiade, Archipelago.
In America: Hastings, Minnesota…Hastings, Michigan…Hastings, Iowa… Hastings, Nebraska…Hastings, Oklahoma…
Hastings, Florida…Hastings, Pennsylvania…Hastings on Hudson, New York
In Canada: Hastings, Ontario…Hastings, Nova Scotia…
Hastings, New Brunswick.
Phew what a legacy! If you ever meet someone and throw Hastings into the conversation 9 times out of 10 you will get the answer “ah Battle of Hastings, 1066!” The original is always best – and there are no battles anymore-except the town Battle, where the 1066 battle actually took place!