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About Hastings Town Hall

Step 4 – from 19 July 2021:

  • Safety, and maintaining the level of public services we can offer are our priorities.
  • Registrars will wear a face covering.
  • We’re requiring all visitors to East Sussex County Council buildings, including our Register Offices, to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt).
  • We urge all people attending wedding ceremonies at which we officiate, in any venue, to continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt).

For the latest information about ceremonies during the Covid-19 pandemic see our Covid Update Page

 

 

About Hastings Town Hall

Situated in the heart of Hastings this beautiful Victorian building, designed in English Gothic style by local architect Henry Ward is home to Hastings Register Office. Inside this magnificent building you will find a wealth of grandeur, including a Gothic style marble staircase and original stained glass windows. 

Four carved panels can be found on the eastern outside wall, showing "Hastings Fishermen boarding French Pirates", "The Landing of the French and their Defeat", "Queen Elizabeth Granting the Charter to the Corporation" and "Cinque Port Ships Going to meet the Armada".

The Town Hall was officially opened in September 1881 by the mayor, Councillor W. F. Revill.

The Ceremony Rooms

The Mayors Parlour

Luxuriously decorated in blue and gold with a beautiful fireplace and stunning chandelier. This room is well suited to a smaller more intimate ceremony, with capacity for up to 15 people. Two sofas provide seating for 6 to 8 people, with the remainder of guests standing. 

The Rossetti Room

Named after the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who in 1860 married artist, poet and artists model Elizabeth Siddal here in Hastings. A framed copy of their marriage certificate features in room. Above the fireplace hangs a print of ‘La Ghirlandata’ one of Rossetti's famous paintings.

Inspired by the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, the décor of this room is decorated with William Morris style wallpaper and two bottle green chesterfield style sofas which provide seating for 8 to 10 people, with the remainder of guests standing. This room has a maximum capacity for 30 people.

The Council Chamber

This is the largest of the three ceremony rooms, accommodating up to 60 people. This impressive wood panelled room is furnished with rich red carpets and chairs, features a large vaulted ceiling, Bath stone fireplace, a central aisle and stained glass windows. 

Room capacities include you, your partner, and all babies and children.

 

Accessibility at Hastings Town Hall

The Rossetti Room is the only ceremony room located on the ground floor. Both The Mayors Parlour and The Council Chamber are situated on the first floor. Access to the first floor is via the large marble staircase or by a small lift. 

Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities can be found on the ground floor of the town hall.

Should you or your guests require use of the lift please confirm when completing your Ceremony Options Form.

Parking at Hastings Town Hall

There is no designated parking at Hastings Town Hall. Nearby car parks include Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and Hastings Train Station, both of which are no more than a 10 minute walk from the Town Hall.  

 

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