Burtons' St Leonards Society

The New Town St Leonards was the inspiration of James Burton, (1761 - 1837) and was subsequently enlarged by his son Decimus, (1800 -1881) both father and Son being famous as architects in Bloomsbury, in Tunbridge Wells and elsewhere. Founded in 1828, as an example of regency Town Planning and Garden Landscaping, it is unique.
In 1967 over-ambitious expansion schemes threatened the demolition of listed buildings and the destruction of the character of the area. "Little Bloomsbury by the sea" was set for extinction. The Burtons St Leonards Society was founded to stop the threat. Their campaign, backed by various organisations like the Civic Trust, the Georgian Group and Hastings Borough Council, resulted in the designation of the conservation area in 1969, by the Local Authority.


Crown House 1828 The first house built by James Burton for his New Town of St Leonards Princess Victoria stayed here 1834 - 5

57 Marina, St Leonards, Hastings, United Kingdom

Built by James Burton 1828

Royal Victoria Hotel, Marina, St Leonards, Hastings, United Kingdom

Sir Henry Rider Haggard author lived here 1918-1923 North Lodge

North Lodge, Maze Hill, Hastings, United Kingdom