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Halloween at the Old Town mortuary

On this hallowed night, pass through the door of 135 All Saints Street and enter a dark imaginarium where uneasy pleasures merge with wonder.Tonight we explore the house’s more sinister shadows. For 135 cradles a dark secret.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 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 scamper away.Builders working on the house during its recent restoration occasionally heard footsteps treading the boards above in the attic rooms, and crossing the coffin hatch, yet when they called up, there came no answer.

After a climb up to the coffin hatch and a tour of the rooms, ghost stories will be read by the dim flicker of candlelight; coaxing the spirits of its Tudor past from the shadows.The chilling evening includes a haunted walk around Hastings Old Town’s fishing quarter with its dimly passageways and winding streets, in search of the wraiths and ghosts that still haunt the town’s cellars, nooks and twittens.Be careful – something lurks in the dark shadows.

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