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Latitude: 50.8551 / 50°51'18"N
Longitude: 0.5647 / 0°33'52"E
OS Eastings: 580614
OS Northings: 109306
OS Grid: TQ806093
Mapcode National: GBR PX9.CL6
Mapcode Global: FRA D62V.1TP
Plus Code: 9F22VH47+2V
Entry Name: The Towers
Listing Date: 12 May 1978
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1353248
English Heritage Legacy ID: 294167
Location: Central St. Leonards, Hastings, East Sussex, TN37
County: East Sussex
Electoral Ward/Division: Central St Leonards
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
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
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