Right up Your Street- The Piece of Cheese- Hastings

I read a lot while we rested in The Piece of Cheese, learnt a little history too!  We werepiece of cheese living, eating and sleeping right there in the little piece of history!  Just off All Saint’s street in Hastings.

A three cornered cottage, which wasn’t always used as a cottage.

It was built in 1871 when George and Stephen Starr, local builders found that they had a small piece of land left over after building 9 cottages.  One bet the other £5 that he couldn’t build on it because of the shape. They used it as a workshop, with upstairs storage, accessed by ladders.


It is to the poet and a resident of Hastings in 1963, namely, Diana Stoddart that we owe thanks, or the Piece of Cheese wouldn’t be there at all.  She had bought the storeroom in 1962 and applied for residential use.


The Hasting Borough Council were planning to clear all the properties from the cliff edge on the south side of Crown lane back inland.  She campaigned for 8 years, getting a huge petition together, which gained the attention and support of a member of the House of Lords.  So the clearance was dropped, but East Hill Passage was demolished; later Starr Cottages (includes The Cheese), Oxford Cottages and Trafalgar Cottages were granted a conservation order.

An image below of All Saint’s street long ago, thanks to 1066 Hastings & Leonard’s Guide.

All Saint's street

The Starr’s workshop (now cottage) changed hands in 1895, 1922 and 1947, when the upstairs was used to store coffins and downstairs was the Watchmaker’s.

Starr Cottages

Diana B Stoddart, whose main income was as a writer, opened The Piece of Cheese as a Victorian museum and tearoom.  For the price of tea and scones, you could view the museum.  When she retired in 1976 she sold it to Joan Ledger a sculptor.  Diana published three poetry books, copies of which can be viewed in the cottage.


The Piece of Cheese changed owners twice more, before it became a holiday cottage! The second smallest and only three cornered cottage in the UK.

Enjoyed our stay!!


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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3 Responses to Right up Your Street- The Piece of Cheese- Hastings

  1. Betty says:

    You’re so fortunate to have actually gotten to stay in such a unique place.

  2. What a neat, neat place and such a cool story!

    I loved this!

    Visiting just a few blogs for the day and I am so thankful one was yours! I will think of this place and smile now for the rest of the day!

    Thank you for that.

    And thank you for linking to the letter “R”.


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