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St Leonards on Sea was initially established as a new town of elegant houses for the well off in the 19th century. Although the town has sprawled into neighbouring Hastings (to the east) and Bexhill (to the west), the orginal central design can still be traced.
The architect for the orginal scheme was James Burton, whose son Decimus is perhaps better known. James is buried in the churchyard above St Leonards Church, his grave marked by a pyramid. Decimus Burton continued his father's work, becoming a Commissioner in 1833. The railway reached the town in 1845, but Warrior Square station wasn't opened until 1852.
The pier was begun in 1888 and was opened on 28th October 1891 by Lord & Lady Brassey and was sited opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel. The pier was modernised during the 1920s, but suffered the indignity of being cut in half during the Second World Was as a protection against invasion. The remnants were removed in 1951.
Perhaps the most well known of the landmarks at St Leonards is the large building, Marine Court, shaped like an ocean liner. It was completed in 1937 and at the time was the tallest block of flats in the United Kingdom, containing 153 flats and three restaurants.
St Leonards was created from the parish of Hastings.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
173 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.
3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
14 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
20 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
16 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
The OPC database contains 22 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 610 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
There are 124 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.
1840 Pigot Directory for St Leonards (Hastings)
There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are no articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 39 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.
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