St Leonards

London Bridge Station
London Bridge Station

As usual, Tigger took the early train, leaving me to follow on later. Here’s where I started my journey – Charing Cross Station. As you can see, it started as a beautiful day, cold but with a low winter sun that brightened everything but also threw the scene into sharp relief, just what you need for taking photos.

King's Road, St Leonards
King’s Road, St Leonards

The journey to St Leonards (the station is called Warrior Square, one of many references to the battle of Hastings in 1066) lasts about an hour and a half. By the time I arrived, at about 11:15, Tigger had delivered the package and we were free to do whatever we wanted.

The first thing we wanted, of course, was to explore. We started by walking along King’s Road, which looked the most interesting.

First glimpse of the sea
First glimpse of the sea

St Leonards is a rather charming seaside town. It is not noisily lively like Brighton, or cheerfully vulgar like Southend-on-Sea. In a sense, it is to Hastings what Hove is to Brighton: it is quietly elegant with a character of its own.

St Leonards Promenade and Hastings Pier
St Leonards Promenade and Hastings Pier

Given the time of year, I suppose it is not surprising that the promenade and beach are so quiet but, then again, it was a lovely day, so I wonder whether it is much more crowded at other times of year. We shall just have to come back and see!

Below are three images showing examples of the elegant architecture and attention to detail that help to give this town its charm.

A once-elegant terrace
A once-elegant terrace
A view across the park
A view across the park

Detail, street lamp
Detail, street lamp

There are several old shops in St Leonards, surviving from an early epoch. One of these is Wilson’s bakery, though the interior doesn’t quite come up to the same standard as the exterior. We had a light lunch here in the cafe at the back.

Wilson's bakery
Wilson’s bakery

The morning weather forecast had warned of snow later and although the day had started sunny, clouds began to cover the sky. We didn’t want to get caught by bad weather and thought it best to return home without more ado.

Another reason for going home early for a rest was because we are off again tomorrow! While we were still exploring St Leonards, Tigger received a call requesting her to carry out another courier run, this time to Dorchester. We bought the train tickets on the way home and the package reached us by motorcycle courier while I was writing this. So now we are all set for a trip to Dorset.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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3 Responses to St Leonards

  1. I have never been to St Leonards but it looks lovely. I adore seaside towns – the little ones, not the big resort-type places like Great Yarmouth or Skegness. In the photos you took it reminds me a little of Aberystwyth but I suppose many of these places were built around the same time and in much the same style.

    I went to Sheringham yesterday and it was lovely to be by the sea. I miss it greatly.

  2. Villager says:

    St Leonards looks very nice. Some of our Yorkshire resorts are rather brash.

  3. SilverTiger says:

    To RB: Yes. the smaller seaside towns do often have an old-fashioned character and charm, reflecting their rise to prominence during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

    To V: You don’t get much brasher than some of our SE resorts!

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