Alfriston Clergy House



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Built by a yeoman farmer in 1350, this rare Wealden timber-framed hall-house was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust, who bought it for £10 in 1896. The idyllic thatched property has delightful views across the River Cuckmere and a beautiful cottage garden teeming with wildlife. Despite its name it was not actually lived in by the clergy but rented out as a source of income for the church. A visit here embraces 650 years of English history, taking you back to the time when King Edward III was the ruling monarch. The sparseness of the medieval dining hall with its chalk and sour milk floor is a contrast to the sumptuously planted cottage garden and orchard, with their abundant fruits and flowers. There is an on-site shop selling souvenirs and ice creams but no toilets or tea room. These can be found in the very pleasant village of Alfriston. Please telephone or check website for details of special events running throughout the year.

Alfriston Clergy House
The Tye,ALFRISTON,Polegate,BN26 5TL


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Braille/large print & sensory guides
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Opening days vary throughout year, please see website for details

About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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