Esplanade Hotel

You should be opposite the junction with the Causeway. It’s here that the Council have introduced their “Gateway Seaford”, an imaginatively signed path leading to the town’s main shopping area. 

In the late 1770s the Causeway had on its easterly corner the Assembly Rooms and baths and little else. On the western corner and extending along the esplanade is the site of the former Esplanade Hotel, a splendid french chateau like building which unfortunately burnt down in 1976.

The Esplanade Hotel formed part of the grandiose plans of the Seaford Bay Estate Company. Formed in 1886 the Company controlled covered a triangular plot of land with sea frontage from Dane Road (west of you) to Splash Point. However, few 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 never materialised either. In 1901 Mrs Hindle, the manageress of the Esplanade Hotel at the time died after falling into the hotel’s lift shaft. Famous visitors there included King Edward VII and the Duke and Duchess of Sparta (later to become King Constantine and Queen Sophie of Greece. 

Continue along the Esplanade to Frankie’s Kiosk (with its al fresco seating area (good coffee and tea), turn away from the sea and walk down to the end of West View.

The Assembly Room and Baths, 19th C.
Esplanage Hotel with the distinctive tower,, early 20th C.