From Historical Hastings
1873 map of the area around Lavatoria.
The diagonal straight line from bottom right is the path taken by Burton's Boundary wall

Lavatoria was originally laid out as a square, with small houses facing each other at the west end of Norman Road, the north side being somewhat earlier (1829-30)[1] than the south, with the northern houses being built by Messrs. Towner, Smith and Thorne and the southern range built and inhabited by Messrs. Putland, Burgess and Mortimer. The shop-fronts on a line with Norman Road were added about fifty years after original construction.

Burton's Wall

Originally Norman Road was blocked at its junction with the square by a boundary wall that provided access only for foot traffic between two posts on the east side of the square. The wall was taken down around 1841/2[2]


In terms of numbering, from Census returns, it would appear that number 1 was the north-west property in the square, the numbering proceeding clockwise, ending at 18 at the south-west property[3]

1837 Residents

Brett in his manuscript histories gives the 1837 occupants as follows[4]:-

1: Thos. Bumsted
2: Thos. Burt
3: Wm. Quaife
4: Thos. Smith
5: Jno. Sinnock
6: Christopher Deering
7: Thos. Marchant
8: Chas. Vaughan
9: Benj. Cork
10: Wm. Palmer
11: Geo. Savage
12: Hobden
13: Thos. Burgess Jno.
14: Wilson
15: Mortimer
16: Sam. Summerall
17: Jno. Prendergast
18: Jas. Bungay


References & Notes

  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 1 Chap. 1
  2. Bretts Manuscript Histories Vol. 1, Chap. 3
  3. Helena Wojtczak
  4. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 2 Chap. 17