In June 2016 author Iain Sinclair and artist, writer and filmmaker Andrew Kötting  walked with their followers from Waltham Abbey in Essex to St Leonards-on-Sea in Sussex as part of a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck. Edith was the mistress of the Anglo-Saxon King Harold: killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The destination of the 5-day, 100 mile journey  was the statue of Edith and Harold in Grosvenor Gardens, St Leonards: yards from the English Channel. The journey inspired Andrew Kötting’s film Edith Walks.

This statue was created in 1875 by German sculptor Karl Augustus Heinrich Wilke and was donated to the Borough by Lord Brassey, MP for Hastings 1868-1886.  It is now open to the elements and in a sad state of repair. 

A Panel will discuss whether the Edith Swan Neck Statue should be moved to a safe place and, if so, where. 

Panel members will be Tim Craven, former Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery and Artists Claudia De Grandi, Matthew Radford and Alan Rankle. For short bios of panel members, see the Community section of HIP’s website.

The Panel discussion will feature a contribution from Andrew Kötting together with selected excerpts from his film Edith Walks.  

The Edith Swan Neck Panel Discussion is one of a series of events staged by the Burtons’ St Leonards Society:

The Society’s aims are to encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in St Leonards on Sea, prevent unsympathetic development in the area and to stimulate public interest in the beauty, history and character of the area of St Leonards and its surroundings.

A Panel Discussion on the future of the Edith Swan Neck Statue, Kino Teatr, Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex
Sunday 24 February  4.00pm-6.30pm , £5 admission.

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