135 Restoration Project - Nears Completion 2010 - Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

135 Restoration Project - Nears Completion2010

135 Renovation Project - Nears Completion Here's another rare chance to see 135 All Saints Street, a 16th century merchant's house and one of the most complete Tudor houses in the old town. As previous visitors will know, it has been undergoing a unique and extensive renovation programme over the past four years. The owner, Alastair Hendy, has taken it back to how it may have looked when first built, carrying out major structural repairs throughout, sympathetically restoring every surface and internal fixture - yet keeping the evolution of the house intact. This is an opportunity to experience first hand this magical time capsule, and to pick up a few tips on sensitive restoration and some quirky interior design solutions. Carnival Week 2009 saw 200 people visit over one weekend, and for those that visited then, come back and spot the changes, such as the outdoor kitchen. Come and see – you'll be amazed. Old town mortuary The house has some secrets of its own, for up until the 1950s the rear wing was used as an undertaker's workshop, cadavers being stored in the adjoining cellar room. Two elderly Hastings fisherman have recently recounted their memories about when as boys they would come to The Wilderness (as was this upper section of All Saints Street known then) and peer through the back windows of the house to spot the bodies laid out, then run away. Open: Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August, 11am – 4pm. Entry: £3 per adult, accompanied children free. All proceeds go to OHPS.