Baston Lodge

Baston Lodge is a residential villa in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, southern England.[2]

Baston Lodge
Baston Lodge, Maze Hill, St.Leonards on sea. (14473636635).jpg
View of the entrance on Maze Hill
Baston Lodge is located in East Sussex
Baston Lodge
Location within East Sussex
General information
TypeResidential villa
Location1 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, England
Coordinates50°51′19″N 0°33′12″E / 50.855230°N 0.553224°E / 50.855230; 0.553224Coordinates: 50°51′19″N 0°33′12″E / 50.855230°N 0.553224°E / 50.855230; 0.553224
OwnerBaston Lodge Freehold Ltd.[1]
ManagementBaston Lodge Freehold Ltd.
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameBaston Lodge
Designated14 March 1973
ArchitecturalItalianate architecture
Technical details
Floor count2 (+ attic & basement)
Design and construction
ArchitectDecimus Burton
Main contractorJohn Ward

The building was designed by Decimus Burton (1800–1881) as a seaside villa for John Ward, a friend, and completed in 1850.[3] The architecture is in the Italianate style, with coursed stone, chamfered quoins, and plain stone architraves and bands. It has low-pitched slate roofs with two main storeys, an attic, and a basement. There is a three-storey tower with a low-pitched pyramid-shaped roof.

Baston Lodge was the childhood home of the World War II codebreaker Alan Turing (1912–1954) and there is a blue plaque on the front of the building commemorating this.[4][5] Alan Turing and his elder brother John Turing were wards of Colonel and Mrs Ward.[6]

The building was Grade II listed in 1973.[3] The blue plaque commemorating Alan Turing was unveiled on 23 June 2012, the centenary of Turing's birth.[7]

The villa is located at 1 Upper Maze Hill and is close to St John's Church to the north. Immediately to the west is St Michael's Hospice and to the south is St Leonards Gardens. The building is now divided into apartments[8] and the freehold of the building is owned by Baston Lodge Freehold Ltd.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Baston Lodge Freehold Ltd". UK: Companies House. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. ^ "The main landmarks of Burtons' St Leonards". UK: Burtons' St Leonards Society. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Baston Lodge (1192209)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ Hemsley, Andy (7 February 2019). "Former Sussex resident and war-time code breaker Alan Turing named as greatest figure of 20th century". Eastbourne Herald. UK. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Plaque unveiled at Turing's home in St Leonards". Hastings & St. Leonards Observer. 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017.
  6. ^ Turing, John (2012). "My brother Alan". Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition. UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 147–150. ISBN 978-1-107-02058-0.
  7. ^ "St Leonards plaque marks Alan Turing's early years". BBC News. UK: BBC. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ "1 Baston Lodge Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex TN38 0LA" (PDF). UK: Rush, Witt & Wilson. Retrieved 2 January 2020.