is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex, within
the historic county of Sussex, on the south coast of England. The town is
located 24 mi (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 mi
(85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900,
which makes it the 66th largest settlement in the United Kingdom.
In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the
Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval
Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although