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With construction commencing in 1833 with a single dwelling owned by a Mr. Troup near the middle of the square (no longer standing), Warrior Square was was finished in 1864 on the site of the Warrior Field with the first building starting construction on the 13th July 1844, and contemporary guide books described it with an alternative name ‘Belgravia’. Whiteman’s Guide to Hastings, St Leonards and the Neighbourhood, 1869, noted “Warrior Square, At once the abode of quiet and elegance, being composed of the finest houses in the borough. The extensive gardens in the centre are very tastefully laid out. The Hastings and St. Leonards Horticultural Society holds its annual meetings in these gardens”. The gardens in the centre were completed over a decade earlier in 1852.
Until 1931, the upper portion of the gardens was not open to the public, being subscription gardens prior to this.
Permission for housing
An act of Parliament, dated June 14th 1827, empowered trustees to deal with the lands of the Eversfield Estate, and enacted that it shall be lawful for the trustees to set out part of the lands for square, lawns, etc “for the use and convenience of the occupiers of the houses and other buildings” and this provided for the setting-out of Warrior Square Gardens which opened to the public in 1852 with a band playing three times a week.
A now-sealed tunnel lined with flag-stones was cut under the road from the lower gardens under the main road. Brett describes a tunnel that was constructed from the first house built in the square, connecting both parts of the gardens to the house.
The lower gardens were opened to the general public when the land was acquired by the Borough Council in 1920 with the remaining, uppermost rose garden falling into public ownership in 1930.
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- Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 1 Chap. 9
- Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.306 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books " Amazon
- Hastings & St Leonards Observer 18 July 1844 pg. 3
- Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 21 February 1931 p6
- Wikipedia: St Leonards-on-Sea - Wikipedia, accessdate: 28 January 2020