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“too much dog dirt”
Review of Burton St Leonards

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Burton St Leonards
Sussex
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“too much dog dirt”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

The residents need to clean up after their dogs. There was a lot of it on the pavements. Spoils a lovely place

Visited August 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“So nice to see the area improving”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

When we first started coming to Hastings & St Leonards, when the in-laws moved here a decade ago, St Leonards was a bit of a no-go area. Lots of drunks, big drug problems, I didn't feel safe at all. Its lovely now! St Leonards gardens have been beautifully restored and the surrounding Burton St Leonards architecture is being gradually purchased, restored and improved. Shame about the old college and burned out pier, two big blotches on the landscape, but give it time, they'll get there.

Visited July 2014
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Architectural delight”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

What a find. St Leonards has some of the finest Burton homes. Explore around the seafront and up the hill to Maize Hill

Visited July 2014
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“the Burton family”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Well worth a walk around to see the work of this great architect, he has left a great deal of his work for us to enjoy, and a stones throw away, is the Burton family crypt, high on the cliff side with panoramic views,the Burton,s own pyramid.

Visited July 2013
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UK
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A place of architectural; interest with a Victorian history.”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The Burton St Leonards Society on the sea front (under the arches) has leaflets on St Leonards on Sea built and designed originally by James Burton and his son Decimus from about 1820. Shelley may have visited and the great painter JW Turner is reputed to have walked the hills and appreciated the views and the light in this part of East Sussex. Nothing existed on the St Leonards hills prior to the 19th century. Burton St Leonards is the oldest part of the town which (like Hove is to Brighton) is situated next door to Hastings. The 'regency' and early Victorian part of St Leonards is charming with its sandstone buildings and fairly recently renovated subscription gardens. Note the clock house and the lovely archway leading from Upper Maze Hill (near St Michael's Hospice) down to the sea past the old clock tower and some pleasant late Georgian and early Victorian houses. Walk around and see the quirky crenellated battlements on the Highland Hotel at the foot of Boscobel Road, the hitherto mentioned archway in Upper Maze Hill which was an old tollgate and was the home in the 20s of boys adventure writer Rider Haggard. Pass Baston Lodge where the breaker of the Enigma code Alan Turing grew up as a boy and where the late and aristocratically connected Christina Dugdale paid for a plaque to be erected in his memory on the centenary of his birth in 2012. Discover the pyramid under which the Burtons are buried. (One of the Burtons was responsible for some of the architectural designs in Hyde Park, part of Crystal palace and also Palmeira Square Brighton.) You may also find the Victoria Hotel and Crown House where Princess Victoria visited in the 1820s at the time she took part in a women's archery event. St Leonards on Sea in the early apart of the 19th century was built as a place of escape for London gentry fed up with the pre-Bazalgette filth of London who were in need of fresh air. Looking down from the lofty heights on St Leonards upon the lower reaches of the town could be seen the tradesman's area of shops called 'Mercatoria', & off in the distance could be seen Hastings Old Town where washerwomen lived with with their families in crowded cottages. They came to work for the gentry on the hill and the area they lived in was called 'Lavatoria,' . It serves as a suitable summation of the strict stratas of class in this seaside society perhaps most famously delineated in Robert Tressell's well known work of the early part of the 20th century,The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Visited May 2014
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