History & architecture right on our doorstep – take a short stroll from Hastings House through Central St. Leonards, head towards St. Leonards Gardens and see some fine examples of eclectic architecture from days gone by!
Burton St. Leonards was the original St Leonards Old Town that was built in the early 1800s by James and Decimus Burton (the architects of much of Bloomsbury and Tunbridge Wells) in a Regency Style. The area centres around Maze Hill and St. Leonards Gardens and has a wealth of interesting buildings including, the Clock House (an ecclesiastic Gothic style villa), Gloucester Lodge (a large mansion once home to Princess Sophia of Gloucester), North Lodge (a gatehouse in castellated style and former home of Henry Rider Haggard, South Lodge (another pre-victorian gateway), The Lawn/The Uplands (large regency villas), Assembly Rooms / Masonic Hall (built in classical style now a cultural venue), Crown House (the oldest building in St Leonards, once visited by then princess Victoria), Highlands Mansions (built in the style of Scottish fairytale castles).
The area is a must to explore on foot for people with in interest in history and architecture, there are also guided walks in the summer with events in the gardens throughout the year and annual festival in celebration of the history of the area.
9 Warrior Square,
St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BA
Tel: 01424 422 709