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Cast iron boundary post in Market Passage

A Grade II Listed Building in Central St Leonards, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8517 / 50°51'6"N

Longitude: 0.5588 / 0°33'31"E

OS Eastings: 580213

OS Northings: 108922

OS Grid: TQ802089

Mapcode National: GBR PX9.J41

Mapcode Global: FRA D61V.CK8

Entry Name: Cast iron boundary post in Market Passage

Listing Date: 28 November 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1416724

Location: Hastings, East Sussex, TN38

County: East Sussex

District: Hastings

Electoral Ward/Division: Central St Leonards

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Hastings

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Christ Church and St Mary Magdalen, St Leonards

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Boundary post, probably dating from c1830.


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.


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.

Reasons 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.

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