Architecture in Sussex

As with all the counties in England, Sussex has its unique and striking examples of architecture and embellishments. Beginning with its most famous landmark, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, through to some of the more obscure features not usually noticed by the casual observer.

Listed are places of interest to visit along with drawings or photographs of any special features that may be worth looking for at the sites mentioned.

Timber buildings made from oak became highly sophisticated in their craftsmanship and reached their pinnacle in the 'Wealdon hall-house'. This type of house is common throughout the Weald and at Great Dixter, Northiam, and the Old Clergy House, Alfriston, are examples of hall-houses in more or less their original form.

Ecclesiastical Buildings

There were over thirty abbeys and priories in Sussex before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536.  Of most of them little remains, but a few fragments which survive testify to the richness of building and decoration in them.

Historic Houses and Gardens

Sussex is fortunate in having many fine houses which are open to the public. These are some of the houses of Sussex and links to more information will be placed here as and when I get them done.

Clergy House at Alfriston, the very first National Trust Property

Burwash, Etchingham

Charleston Manor
dated from 1080
Westdean, Seaford

Elizabethan House
Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks

Firle Place
West Firle, Lewes

Glynde Place
Flint building 1560
Glynde, Lewes

Goodwood House
Dukes of Richmond

Great Dixter
Wealden hall-house
Northiam, Rye

East Grinstead

Haremere Hall
Jacobean house

Lamb House
West Street, Rye

Legh Manor
Brick & tile house
Ansty, Haywards Heath

Monk's House
17th century farmhouse

Newtimber Place
Moated Manor house
Newtimber, Hassocks

Parham Park
E-shaped Tudor house
Parham, Pulborough

Petworth House

Phillip Webb
East Grinstead

Dated 1690
South Harting