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.
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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.
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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 also considered.
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.
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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 Archery Ground.
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Design elevation of the entrance front, Speldhurst House, Kent By Decimus Burton c. 1831