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Cast Iron Boundary Post in Market Passage, Hastings

Description: Cast Iron Boundary Post in Market Passage

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 November 2013
Building ID: 1416724

OS Grid Reference: TQ8021308922
OS Grid Coordinates: 580213, 108922
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8517, 0.5588

Locality: Hastings
Local Authority: Hastings Borough Council
County: East Sussex
Postcode: TN38 0EJ

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Listing Text


Boundary post, probably dating from c1830.

Reason for Listing

The cast iron boundary post in Market Passage, St Leonards, probably dating from c1830 and marking the boundary of James and Decimus Burtons’ speculative seaside development is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Date: as a relatively early example of a cast iron boundary post;
* Rarity: early cast iron boundary posts are now rare;
* Location: the post appears from historic map evidence to be in its original location;
* Historic interest: as a marker for the parish boundary of St Leonards, the up-market, speculative seaside resort built by James Burton and his son, Decimus Burton, between 1828 and the 1850s;
* Group value: part of a group of five surviving markers, out of the eleven originally erected.


St Leonards was established as a speculative seaside development by the architect and builder, James Burton (1761-1837). Burton was one of the most prominent Georgian builders working in London, was responsible for much of the development of Bloomsbury and had worked with John Nash at Regents Park. In 1827 Burton negotiated the purchase of a strip of coastal land to the west of Hastings for the new town. Building work began in 1828 and by 1832 most of the public buildings, terraces and villas were complete. In 1850 a second phase of development was started by his son, the architect Decimus Burton (1800-81).

The land was marked by eleven cast iron boundary posts of which five remain in situ.


Cast iron boundary post. Standing approximately 600mm high and 160mm square with a pyramidal cap. The post is marked, below the cap and above a roll moulding, in raised lettering, ‘HLB’ (Hastings Liberty) on one face and ‘StL’ (St Leonards) on the opposing face.

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