Celebrating the birth in July 1761 of James Burton, the founder of St Leonards-on-Sea and builder-developer in Bloomsbury

29 July, 2011 (All day)
Bloomsbury area

The Burtons' St Leonards Society is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the seaside town, James Burton, with a year of lectures, tours, exhibitions and other events. Join the inaugural weekend with a picnic in the park on 29th July, a family fun day on the 30th, and guided historical walks round the town on the 31st. For more information contact the Society.

In London Burton worked as an entrepreneurial builder, responsible for developing key streets and squares in Bloomsbury. In 1800 he bought the duke of Bedford's London mansion and began to lay out houses over its site (facing Bloomsbury Square) and to create Russell Square. In 1807 he continued his Bloomsbury development north, and he was also involved in the early development of St John's Wood.