The earliest phase of building on this site on the cliffs above St Leonards dates from an attempt to form a convent in the 1840s, but it was taken over and enlarged when the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, newly founded by Cornelia Connelly, moved there. A complex of buildings developed at this former convent from the 1840s onwards, culminating in the grade ll* Chapel of St Michael built to the designs of Edward Welby Pugin.
acta assessed the relationship between the college complex and present-day urban Hastings. An historical analysis of the site established its significance within the Catholic revival and the work of the Pugins, together with the relative importance of each building. Recommendations for conservation within an enabling development were made.