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Sunday, 15 July 2012
Gulledge manor

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This is Gulledge Manor a Grade II listed building. According to the Felbridge and District History Group :

Gulledge is situated West of East Grinstead and South East of Felbridge, on the East/West Ridge Way. It is a beautiful house at the end of a long lane with good views to the South.

The house is a timber framed property with a three-gabled Jacobean front with mullion windows that replaced the earlier exterior in 1609. The East and West ends are timber framed with plaster fronting and partly covered tiles. A feature is the three chimneys dating from Tudor times. They run the length of the house and the central one boasts an unusual star shape. The central stack indicates that the house was once T-shaped, possibly with a hall reaching to the full height of the house and having a gallery over the fireplace reached by spiral staircases. Horsham stone covers the roof beneath which are strong beams, heavy oak doors and spacious cellars.

Records show that Richard Alfrey, a medieval MP for East Grinstead, lived at Gulledge in 1365. The stone facade and family crest, added to the house in the 16th century, are attributed to Edward Alfrey. During restoration, wall paintings dating from 1550 were uncovered. There is also evidence that a settlement existed on the site in Mesolithic or early Neolithic periods of the stoneage, along with later Roman and Saxon times.

Posted by bigblue on 15/07/2012 at 11:30 PM
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