Architect to give final lecture in Burtons’ St Leonards Society series

What's on.
What's on.

The final talk in the current Burtons’ St Leonards Society lecture series will be delivered by distinguished Eastbourne architect Richard Crooke.

Mr Crooke, who is formerly of English Heritage, will talk at the Hastings Art Forum, 36 Marina, tomorrow (Monday, April 27).

An award-winning designer of sympathetic extensions to historical buildings and restorer of numerous Sussex churches, Mr Crooke has also received accolades such as the Civic Trust Commendation for his work on Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes.

Since 1980, he has been based in his home town of Eastbourne and is a partner of John D Clarke Architects.

In the specialist lecture, Crooke will discuss the Victorian development of Eastbourne from the 1850s, some 20 years after the foundation of St Leonards in 1828.

There is a Burton link between the two: the son of St Leonards’ founder, Decimus Burton, did a sketch design for ‘A Proposed New Town Called Burlington’ in the Meads area of Eastbourne in the mid 1830s.

This was never built but the final layout for the new Victorian Eastbourne was carried out by Burton’s pupil, Henry Currey, who was later to achieve distinction elsewhere, including his role as surveyor of St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Before the lecture, members, friends and interested members of the public will meet up for a glass of wine at 7pm and usually stay on to chat, with the lecture starting shortly afterwards, at 7.30pm.

It will cost between £2.50 and £5 to attend the lecture, with the price including a glass of wine.

For further information call the honorary secretary, Christine Francis on 01424 421207.