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Brief description of site

St Leonard's Gardens are informal and ornamental gardens originally laid out in 1829 for the Royal Victoria Hotel, formerly the St Leonard's Hotel. The gardens were purchased by the council in 1880 and opened to the public. The site has recently (2008) benefited from a programme of restoration.

Brief history of site

By 1829, the St Leonards Hotel had been completed, and by 1831 the gardens were completed and open. They remained as subscription gardens until their purchase in 1880 by Hastings Corporation when they became public and were renamed St Leonards Gardens.

Location information:

Address: St Leonard's Gardens, Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 0LX

Locality: Hastings

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Hastings

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ798090
Latitude: 50.8526 Longitude: 0.553004

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site Style : informal

Site first created: 1829 to 1880

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.5

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