A landslip on the cliff face below the Burton family memorial garden in West Hill Rd, St Leonards means the memorial has had to be closed for safety reasons.
James and Decimus Burton designed and built St Leonards, and the Burton family tomb is in the shape of a small pyramid, looking out to sea and is where James Burton, his wife and several other members of his family lie.
Councillor Maya Evans, lead councillor for the natural environment at Hastings Borough Council, explained: “The small memorial garden is licensed to HBC by the Lord Bishop of Chichester, as the church own the land.
“The licence allows the council to maintain the land and the Burton memorial in good condition and to allow public access to the gardens. However, because of the recent landslip and the possibility of further slippage, we are having to close access for the public, to the memorial garden on safety grounds for the time being.”