The Esplanade Hotel

Leaving the site of the Seaford Battery  you are now approaching the first 1/2 mile point or 4.5 if you are on the return leg. Moving west towards Frankies Kiosk with its al fresco seating area (good coffee and tea) you pass the junction with the Causeway.  In the late 1770s the Causeway had on its easterly corner the Assembly Rooms and baths and little else.

Baths and Assembly Rooms

 

The modern brick buildings on the left (Mallett Close) is the sight of the former Esplanade Hotel, a splendid french chateau like building sadly burnt down in the 1976.

 Esplanade Hotel

 

The Esplanade Hotel formed part of the grandiose plans of the Seaford Bay Estate Company formed in 1886  covering a triangular plot of land with sea frontage from Dane Road to Splash Point. However little of the plans came to fruition and in 1898 the company collapsed but not before it had built a hotel next door to the Assembly Rooms and baths. Later a new west wing replaced the Assembly Roms.  At one time a pier was proposed opposite the hotel but that too never materialised. In 1901 Mrs Hindle, the manageress at the time died after falling into the hotel's lift shaft. Famous visitors to the hotel included King Edward VII and the Duke and Duchess of Sparta (later to become King Constantine and Queen Sophie of Greece. 

Slighty further on the other side of the road through a gate in the concrete wall you will find the Beach Garden created by the Seaford Community Partnership. It provides a little shelter from the winds off the sea and is maintained by volunteers. 

Carrying on to the 3/4mile mile marker opposite the end of Dane Road you will find the site of the former Telsemaure, a house once owned one of Seaford's other developers.