Description: The Towers
Date Listed: 12 May 1978
English Heritage Building ID: 294167
OS Grid Reference: TQ8061409306
OS Grid Coordinates: 580614, 109306
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8551, 0.5647
5204 St Leonards
TQ 8009 22/582 No 11 (The Towers)
C1840 house in Italianate style, originally called 'The Campanile'. Two storeys stuccoed
with rusticated ground floor and mansard slate roof. To the rear is a three storey tower
with upper storey a wood and glazed belvedere with hipped roof, which accounted for the
original name of the house, and further forward an octagonal clock turret. Parapet and
moulded eaves cornice. Balustraded band above ground floor. Some sashes with verticals
only, an oriel window and ground floor canted bay. Some Venetian style triple round-
headed windows separated by columns. Round-headed doorcase.
The house contains a most interesting and complete interior of the period including
Carrara marble floored hall with inset of the dog of Pompeii, elaborate plastered over
mantels and cornice, and painted ceiling with 'putti' and monochrome panels and portraits.
The other ground floor rooms contain a white marble fireplace covered with fruit and flowers,
an oak panelled study with carvings and Wedgwood plaque in the ceiling, and a carved door,
possibly C17 depicting the story of Diogenes and a mythological scene, presented to the
owner by Swedish soprano Jenny Lind during her stay in the house while she was visiting
Hastings. Staircase of Carrara marble with mahogany handrail and brass banisters. One
of the first floor bedrooms has an ornamental gilded and painted fire-place consisting
of a pediment supported on two pillars, about 8 feet high and 6 feet wide, and a room with
a painted ceiling with Grecian scenes,and walls painted in fresco similarly with Grecian
scenes. The outlook tower has walls painted in fresco with Chinese scenes.
This house is included for its very complete interior of the period.
Listing NGR: TQ8061409306
Source: English Heritage
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