Chailey Community 

The Parish at the Heart of Sussex

Is your home one of Chailey’s historic houses?

If your house has remnants of an oak frame, especially upstairs or in the roof, then it might be 300-500 years old. A dozen historic Chailey houses have now been ‘discovered’, most of them by a group of volunteers from the Wealden Buildings Study Group. So far, the oldest houses seem to be:

  • Longridge, dated to 1400-1450
  • Coppard’s, tree-ring dated to exactly 1473
  • Durrants, 1475-1500
  • Furzegrove, 1490-1510
Durrants (centre), dated 1475-1500, one of Chailey’s oldest houses. Postcard franked 27th February 1906 (Chailey Windmill collection).

Durrants (centre), dated 1475-1500, one of Chailey’s oldest houses. Postcard franked 27th February 1906 (Chailey Windmill collection).

William Knight, c.1862-1956, farmed Longridge to 1935.

William Knight, c.1862-1956, farmed Longridge to 1935.

Is your home perhaps very old too? The Wealden Buildings Study Group will be able to tell you if it is medieval (pre-1500), Tudor, or Stuart (up to about 1714 when the Georgian era began). Survey visits and a written report by Group are quite brief, free, and completely confidential. The Group is entirely independent of the Parish Council or any other official body.

To enquire about having a survey of your house, without obligation, use the Wealden Buildings Study Group Contact Us form.

The Group also welcomes new members, and you can come as a guest to its talks programme events held in Wivelsfield.

 

(Peter Varlow, 15/4/2017)

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