Architectural perspective of the garden elevation, Baston Cottage, Tunbridge Wells By Decimus Burton, c. 1831
Decimus Burton was involved in several development schemes
outside London. The first of these was at Calverley Park in
Tunbridge Wells, an estate bought in the 1820s by John Ward who had
employed Decimus on the re-building of his country home, Holwood in
Kent. At Calverley, Decimus applied Nash’s formula of setting
detached villas in a shared landscape and providing nearby service
areas. The project was similar in spirit to his father’s
contemporary development at St. Leonards.
Museum Accession No: HASMG 9188.8.131.52
Architectural perspective of Fleetwood, Lancashire By Decimus Burton, 1836
He also designed the new town of Fleetwood in Lancashire, the
brainchild of local landowner, Peter Hesketh- Fleetwood who wanted
to establish a seaport at the mouth of the River Wyre. This would
take advantage of the recently opened rail terminal at Preston and
ferry passengers on to Scotland by sea as no line had yet been
built across the Cumbrian Fells.
A prospectus was issued in 1837
and the town experienced a boom in the early 1840s until a rail
link was established with Scotland in 1847.
Museum Accession No: HASMG 903.2.16
Longitudinal section of a church believed to be Holy Trinity Eastbourne By Decimus Burton c. 1837
Other town planning schemes included work at Eastbourne for the
Duke of Devonshire. The only element of the project to survive is
Holy Trinity Church which was built in the gothic style, although
drawings in the Hastings Museum show that an classical version was
Decimus designed a number of medium sized country houses and
villas and elevations and plans of these survive in the Museum of
both classical and rustic type.
Museum Accession No: HASMG 900.2.35
Architectural perspective of a cottage orné By Decimus Burton c. 1830
In the 1850s he began a second phase of building at St.
Leonards, acquiring more land from the Eversfield estate and
extending his father’s development westward along the
seafront and around the edges of the Subscription Gardens and
Museum Accession No: HASMG 9184.108.40.206
Design elevation of the entrance front, Speldhurst House, Kent By Decimus Burton c. 1831
Museum Accession No: HASMG 903.2.19