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Death at Caterina Villa. The First Murder in Burtons’ St Leonards, 1848

Sunday 23rd February :

Talk by Helena Wojtczak

Helena Wojtczak is a local author and historian specialising in the lives of women in the Victorian era. She has written four books about the subject and one on the history of female railway workers. After discovering that a serial poisoner and Jack the Ripper suspect once lived and worked in Hastings, she branched out into a new genre and wrote a study of his life and crimes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and her latest book ‘Strange Exits from Hastings’ will be launched at the talk. 

Royal Victoria Hotel 4 p.m.

£2.50 members & £5.00 non members

Vandeleur Benjamin Crake & Family

Their cultural & architectural contributions to St Leonards & Hastings

Sunday 22nd March :

Talk by Christopher Maxwell-Stewart

Vandeleur Benjamin Crake (1816 – 1894) was the foremost member of the Crake family who made major contributions to the architectural and cultural heritage of St Leonards in the later decades of the 19th Century. The Scottish baronial ‘Highlands Gardens’ are his most obvious bequest but of equal importance architecturally are the ‘Arts and Crafts’ residences in Boscobel Road which he commissioned Philip Tree to design. His life was a contrast of great sadness and wonderful friendships most notably with Edward Lear.

Christopher Maxwell-Stewart was a founding trustee of the Burtons’ St Leonards Society and is the current chair. In recent years he has researched the development of St Leonards beyond the Burton Estate.

Royal Victoria Hotel 4 p.m.

£2.50 members & £5.00 non members

Highlands Gardens