James & Decimus Burtons' St Leonards
What do you know about Burtons' St Leonards and the 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 lead to 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. see map
The Need for Conservation The aims of the society are, as well as general improvements
To encourage the conservation of the work of James and Decimus Burton
To stimulate a high standard of Town Planning
To prevent unsympathetic development in the area.
What has been achieved? The Society has already:
repaired the Burton Tomb and planned a Memorial Garden on the adjacent ground
advised and helped owners of important listed buildings such as Crown House, the Double Villa, Clock House, The Masonic Hall, and the North Lodge
reinstated the Conqueror's Stone opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel and the railings of St.Leonards Gardens.
And Now? The Society seeks support from all who care for their environment, and indeed, it would like its members to include everyone who lives in the Area. It has regular meetings and other Social Events.
Mrs Christine Francis
1 West Ascent
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex TN38 OBB
tel 01424 421207
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