St Leonards in the newspapers, 1833-34

22 May 1833, Brighton Guardian

HAROLD HOTEL. H. EDLIN begs to return his most grateful thanks to the nobility and numerous families who have honored him with their patronage since opening the above established Hotel in 1830; and in respectfully soliciting a continuance of their favors, he takes the opportunity of announcing that in consequence of the CONQUEROR being closed and Mr HODGSON having quitted the St LEONARD’S HOTEL, he has enlarged and otherwise improved his House so as to render it not only more commodious, but suited to the residence of families of the first distinction visiting this much admired and salubrious part of the coast, who, he flatters himself, will find his establishment replete with comfort and convenience, which together with great attention and moderate charges he trusts will ensure him that large portion of public patronage it shall be his constant study to merit.

10 June 1833, Sussex Advertiser

The Proprietor of the CONQUEROR HOTEL begs to announce that this establishment, having been furnished with every regard to domestic comfort, is now ready for the reception of Families and Gentlemen, who will find, on honouring the hotel with a visit, a combination of elegant apartments, good provisions and wines of the best vintages, and moderate charges. The house being situate on the most preferable part of the MARINA, its principal sitting and bed rooms offer unrivalled views of sea and land.

N.B. – Lock-up Coach Houses and Stabling.

Brighton Gazette, 18 July 1833. Mr Wells’ boarding house at 23 Marina

15 August 1833, Brighton Gazette

ST LEONARDS. On Monday last the “St Leonard’s Archers” held their first general meeting on the ground contiguous to the town, which has just been levelled and formed for the use of the Society. A numerous and fashionable assemblage was collected to witness the skill of the archers, and the brilliancy of the day and the excellence of the band that played at intervals during the day, added greatly to the cheerfulness of the scene.

A melancholy circumstance occurred here on Thursday last to a young woman named Baker, whose clothes caught fire, and who was so much injured as to die on Friday [She was buried at St Leonards church, 12 August 1833: Charlotte Baker, 18, St Leonards].

Our inhabitants on the Marina were aroused about eleven o’clock on Monday evening by cries for assistance, from a boat which had got on the rocks, — a boat went off and succeeded in bringing safe a party who had left the Bedford Hotel, Brighton, for our inviting shores. At the first approach of the boat many thought it a smuggling attempt, and this suspicion was strengthened by the prompt arrival of the Horse Patrol.

9 September 1833, Sussex Advertiser

HASTINGS. Many fashionable families are daily arriving here and at St Leonard’s so that both the old and new towns will, doubtless, have to boast of a full and prosperous season. To denote the convenient and expeditious mode of travelling and inland intercourse, the Lewes coach departed on Friday morning, completely laden inside and out, drawn by six horses.

25 September 1833, Brighton Guardian.

PRIVATE EDUCATION. At Byron Lodge, Maize Hill, St Leonards, near Hastings, Dr BYRON late Principal of Belle Vue Hall Grammar School, Brighton receives a very limited and select number of Young Gentlemen, whom he educates for the Universities, the Public Schools and other respectable departments of life. – The premises are spacious and delightfully situated in one of the most eligible and salubrious parts of St Leonards. – The pupils are accommodated with separate beds together with every other desirable comfort and convenience. – Reference and testimonials of the highest character. – Further particulars will be immediately sent in answer to letters (post paid) addressed as above [The Brighton Gazette, 5 September 1833, says “Mr Byron has taken two houses on the Maize Hill, which he is combining into one”. Henry Byron, schoolmaster, was in Brighton in the 1841 census with wife Ann and children. Ann Emma Dawson Byron was baptised 12 August 1836 at the Croft Chapel (Congregationalist), Hastings, daughter to Henry and Ann Byron of St Mary Magdalen. Non-conformists like him, as well as Roman Catholics, were not allowed to attend Oxford or Cambridge until 1870 so it is ironic that he was tutoring pupils for universities he was not allowed to attend].

24 October 1833, Brighton Gazette

Captain Bullock has purchased the upper four villas on the Maize Hill.

26 December 1833, Brighton Gazette

We understand that a sea wall will very soon be erected from our archway to the white rock, and another by the Hastings Commissioners from thence to their own Parade. Births and marriages are the order of the day, so that the Commissioners for our improvements need not indulge any fear as to there ever being a deficiency of rate payers, especially if their own example be followed. Several of them since our last have had a son added to their families.

28 December 1833, Dover Telegraph

At St Leonards, by the Rev. H. Fearon, C. Fearon Esq. to Miss Jessy Burton, daughter of the worthy founder of that fashionable retreat; being the first couple that have plighted their troth in the new church [Error about C. Fearon, his initials were J.P. The marriage entry is shown below. Note the Burton witnesses: James, Septimus, Henry, Decimus, and Eliza]

Marriage entry, St Leonards, 24 December 1833, of John Peter Fearon to Jessy Burton

30 December 1833,  Sussex Advertiser

MARRIED. On the 24th instant at St Leonards on Sea, by the Rev. Henry Fearon, of Cuckfield, JOHN P. FEARON, Esq. of the Inner Temple, to Jessy, Daughter of James Burton, Esq., of St Leonards.

10 February 1834, Sussex Advertiser

HASTINGS, SUSSEX. NOTICE is hereby Given, that the Trustees of the Eversfield Estate will be prepared to receive PROPOSALS from persons desirous of CONTRACTING with them for the formation of a New Road, about one mile in extent, to be made over part of Gensing Farm, commencing from Warriors Gate, near Hastings, and running north, to form a junction with the Hollington Road, leading to Battle… [The Warriors Gate pub is now called the St Leonards pub, on London Road. The road in question must surely be the London Road itself, probably up to where it meets Bohemia Road, near Asda. This is less than a mile, though].

Advertisement for pastry cook business, Grand Parade, 1834

22 May 1834, Brighton Gazette

ST LEONARDS ON SEA. The town of St Leonards is filling very fast with company. The arrivals during the past week for private houses have been very numerous, several families having left Hastings to take up their residences at St Leonards.

29 May 1834, Brighton Gazette

[These two adverts for rival hotels were adjacent on the page. The South Saxon was the building that now houses the Bonjour cafe]

SOUTH SAXON HOTEL AND FAMILY BOARDING HOUSE, Marine Parade, St Leonard’s on Sea, Hastings. H.P. HUTCHINGS having taken and entered upon the above Hotel, begs most respectfully to solicit the patronage of the Nobility and Families who may be visiting this most delightful part of the Coast, which for beauty of scenery is not to be surpassed. H.H. also begs to state that, from the distinguished and numerous visitants this Hotel was honored with last season and during his occupation, he has found it necessary to add an entire new series of apartments, together with a splendid new Coffee Room, by which addition and improvements he will be enabled to offer greater accommodations and conveniences than the Hotel hitherto possessed.

H.H. begs also to inform those who may honor him with their favours, that they will find a more moderate scale of charges at this than at other Hotels of the same class.

Capital stabling with Coach Houses, Post Horses, &c.

Coaches (daily) direct from this Hotel to London, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Windsor, Maidstone, Dover, Ramsgate, and Margate.


HENRY EDLIN returns his most grateful thanks to the Nobility and Gentry who has so greatly patronized him during the several years he was Master of “The Harold”, and begs most respectfully to announce that he has taken the St Leonard’s Hotel, where he hopes to merit a continuance of their favours.

In becoming the Proprietor of this magnificent Hotel, H.E. is anxious to suggest that in the noble and commanding aspect of the building, in the extent and variety of its accommodations, and in beauty of situation, it is, in its tout ensemble, certainly equal to, and perhaps unrivalled by, any similar establishment in the Empire; and the proprietor feels it due to himself to state that whilst the same care and attention which has already secured him so great a portion of the public favour, shall continue unabated, the same moderation in his charges will also continue to be experienced.

It would be superfluous to mention the elegance and comfort of its Baths, or the beautiful promenades and charming drives of St Leonards, since nearly all have tasted the witchery of the enchanting scenes; but H.E. thinks it right to state that at an expense perhaps unparalleled, he has completely new stocked his extensive Cellars with a great variety of the choicest Wines, and a considerable portion of the Bed Rooms have been re-furnished, and no expense has been spared in order to add to the comfort and convenience of those who may be pleased to honor him by sojourning at the St Leonard’s Hotel during their visit to this most healthy and fashionable watering place.

Coaches to London and to all parts of the Coast are leaving the St Leonard’s Hotel many times during the day, and excellent Post Horses, with the most careful and experienced drivers, are kept constantly ready [Henry Edlin, keeper of the Gloucester Hotel, Brighton, had a very detailed bankruptcy examination as reported in the Brighton Gazette, 26 May 1842. He mentioned having to sell a silver salver that was presented to him when he left St Leonards].

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