It is a feather in the cap of Hastings Borough Council that their Grotbusters team has recently smartened up St Andrew’s Square (Observer, October 7).
The square is a hidden gem, possessed of a quiet charm. Its buildings are pleasingly proportioned.
Can I respectfully suggest that the team next turn their attention to the renovation of Cornwallis Square and Cornwallis Terrace?
Cornwallis Gardens and the adjacent area were developed in the late 1870s, a period of rapid expansion, by the noted Hastings builder, John Howell, on the Cornwallis Estate, formerly the Priory Farm, which had belonged to the Cornwallis family.
They are attractively sited on an eminence around a public park, previously private subscription gardens.
Cornwallis Gardens is undoubtedly one of the most impressive sights in Hastings and a valuable part of Hastings’ Victorian heritage. It is the Hastings equivalent of London’s great squares and deserves a lot more attention.
The whole square evokes an era of imperial opulence and grandeur.
The western side, in particular, is composed of imposing, double-fronted mansions, some named.
Unfortunately, the whole area has an inner city feel of the wrong kind and has seen better days. There are a lot of forlorn and shady characters about.
The adjoining Cornwallis Terrace and the approach to the square from Cambridge Road are sadly decayed and run-down.
This is where the Grotbusters team can hopefully step in and restore the square to its former glory.
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