Old photos of St. Leonards-on-Sea

Central St. Leonards

Map of Central St. Leonards. Click here to view the large version of this map. It’s beautiful, with lots of details!

St. Leonards pier with its roller skating rink


St. Leonards Pier, 1930.


Roller-hockey on St. Leonards Pier, 1934.

St. Leonards Pier, 1899. The work started in March 1888 and it was opened on 28 October 1891.

The guy on the right is holding a pair of roller skates. Cool!

St. Leonards bathing pool, 1933

 St. Leonards bathing pool, which opened in 1933, was of Olympic standard and acclaimed as one of the finest in Europe. After the war it deteriorated and in the 1960s chalets were built around its upper area to convert it into a holiday camp. This closed in the mid-1980s and the site lay derelict until it was cleared in 1993.

The Arch that separated fashionable St. Leonards from Hastings

 East Lodge Gate. The decision to demolish the arch on traffic grounds was unpopular and it was taken down at night as a fait accompli.

Eversfield Place, 1905

Eversfield Place, 1905

St. Leonards Parish Church


 This fine Burton terrace was destroyed in 1937 to build the Marine Court block of flats. You can see the similarity to the Regent’s Park area of London.

Lower Parade, late 1930s

 A sunny winter day in the late 1930s. Walkers are enjoying the newly-built Lower Parade. The ‘sun-trap’ shelters were very popular. The big new building mid-centre is Marine Court, built to resemble the superstructure of the Queen Mary, a passenger liner. 

Laying the tramlines in London Road, 1905

 Laying the tram tracks caused chaotic disruption for a while, so the police had to keep an eye on it.

London Road, 1906

 The trams that were working the seafront were different from the other ones, who didn’t have the Dolter stud-contact system.


Tram at the spot where later Marine Court would be built, so this photo was taken before 1937.

Grand Parade

 Grand Parade, on the corner of London Road.

London Road, on the corner of Norman Road

Norman Road, 1900

Upper Norman Road in the 1900s, looking eastwards to Warrior Square.

Lower Norman Road

Stolidly watchful parkkeeper of Gensing Gardens

Charles Road

 Charles Road with some strange conveyances in transit. This pleasant residential terrace is opposite Gensing Gardens and is part of a favourite district, buing built-up in the 1880s.

St. Leonards Bank, 1899.

This building is still in existence. You will find it on the seafront, near Warrior Square.

Warrior Square at the turn of the twentieth century.


King's Library, Kings Road, 1901

I believe this is the building where we can found King’s Bazaar nowadays.

St. Leonards Gardens, 1910

The gardens had two ponds and a popular maze, and gothic-style buildings were romantically around the sides of this wooded valley, originally known as the Old Woman’s Tapshaw. Originally laid out as a private garden for the Burton family, St Leonards Gardens was bought by the town for £9,000 in 1879, after which they were made public.


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One Response to Old photos of St. Leonards-on-Sea

  1. hastingsartsforum says:

    Nice collection!

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