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St Leonards in the newspapers, 1829-30

5 November 1829,  Brighton Gazette: ST LEONARD’S NEW TOWN, NEAR HASTINGS OCT. 28. – The sports and pastimes at the opening of the Grand Hotel, in the entirely New Town of St Leonard’s, commenced this morning. Preparatory to the more substantial and elegant pastimes, a pack of hounds, the property of a private gentleman at […]

Notes on the history of Coonoor, 2 Woodland Vale Road

I have often walked past this attractive house, at the bottom end of Woodland Vale Road, and decided to have a look at its history. Here are some notes about it, which show how different sources can be combined to understand more about a house’s past. The name of Coonoor is that of a hill […]

St Leonards in the newspapers, 1828-29

This is the first of an occasional series, in chronological order, of some mentions of St Leonards in newspapers, as found on the priced British Newspaper Archive. 12 April 1828, Public Ledger and Public Advertiser: Sale on the 25 June 1828 of the freehold estate called Bohemia in the vicinity of Hastings, in five lots. […]

Houses for sale on Maze Hill, 1836

I recently gave a talk on 6 Maze Hill to the Society. In carrying out the research, I searched for “6 Maze Hill” in the newspaper archive on the priced Find My Past database. This gave me lots of hits, but it missed a very relevant hit because it would only be found by searching […]

The Auldjo family: winter visitors to Marina and Warrior Square

The Hastings and St Leonards Observer contains a vast amount of information on visitors to St Leonards, usually cited as “Arrivals” or “Fashionable intelligence.” The newspaper, with many others, can be searched online for a specific address, either on the British Newspaper Archive or, using the same data, on the Find My Past database, both […]

Marina in the electoral registers, 1860 and 1866

Electoral registers are often a neglected source for house histories. Quite apart from giving the names of voters living there, they can provide extra information. For example, you can sometimes gather information on who owned freehold property. Occasionally a tenant is given. Directories give the occupant, but directories are few before about 1885. The priced […]