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Firle Place, Firle

Description: Firle Place

Grade: I
Date Listed: 17 March 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 292893

OS Grid Reference: TQ4734507131
OS Grid Coordinates: 547345, 107131
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8449, 0.0916

Location: Firle, East Sussex BN8 6LP

Locality: Firle
Local Authority: Lewes District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN8 6LP

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Icehouse 190m East of Firle Place, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

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Listing Text

Firle Place
TQ 4707 33/483 17.3.52.

The exterior of this mansion dates almost wholly from the C18. But the western
half was built in the early C16, probably by Sir John Gage who was Constable
of the Tower in Henry VIII's reign (d 1557). Part may even date drom the
late C15. Its exterior was then georgianised by the first Viscount Gage between
1744 and 1754. The eastern half was added between 1754 and 1783 by the second
Viscount Gage, son of General Gage who was unsuccessful in the War of American
Independence. Two storeys and attic. Ashlar. Glazing bars intact.
The south front has 16 windows. At its west end is the only portion of the
building where C16 work is visible externally. This has 2 window bays with
a gable over and 2 of the windows are the original casement windows of 3 lights
each. Tiled roof. To the east of this are 4 recessed window bays with cornice.
Beyond this is a projecting portion of higher elevation containing 3 windows
which light the staircase hall, behind which is the Tudor Hall. Heavy moulded
wooden eaves cornice and Horsham slab roof to this portion. The remainder
of the front is the C18 addition. First 4 recessed window bays, then a balancing
projection of 2 windows and then a recessed portion with one window, one
hipped dormer and modillion cornice, which is the return section of the east
front. Horsham slab roof.
The western half of the north front forms a half-H. The centre portion has
6 windows, a parapet, and windows in stone architrave surrounds. The projecting
wings have a curved bay of 3 windows each on the ground floor with Gothic glazing
and a balustrade above, a Venetian window on the first floor eaves cornice
and one hipped dormer each. On their inner face they have one window and 2
hipped dormers each. The eastern half is recessed compared with with projecting
wings of the west half but not as much as the recessed centre of the latter.
Seven windows. Four hipped dormers. Eaves cornice. Horsham slab roof.
The easternmost window bay is recessed, of higher elevation than the remainder,
with modillions to the cornice and forms the return section of the east front.
The east or entrance front has 5 windows. The centre projects with a rusticated
carriage archway on ground floor which leads into the courtyard within the
C18 addition. Over this archway is a Venetian window on the first floor with
a pediment above flanked by round dormer windows. The end window bays project
also. Wooden modillion eaves cornice. Four hipped dormers.
The Tudor Hall contains C18 decoration. The small Dining-room has a C15 fireplace
and in the Staircase Hall is a blocked C16 doorway. The Staircase is early
C18. The C18 portion of the house contains a gilded Drawing-room and Library
adjoining, and occupying the whole of the first floor of the east front, a
Picture Gallery.
To the west of the main building is a long T-wing containing the Laundry and
other domestic offices. This is probably C16, altered in the C18 and C19.
It has 2 storeys, 12 windows and 3 gables on its south front.

Listing NGR: TQ4736507151

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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