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Southover Grange, Lewes

Description: Southover Grange

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 293352

OS Grid Reference: TQ4132009834
OS Grid Coordinates: 541320, 109834
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8707, 0.0071

Location: Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1HS

Locality: Lewes
Local Authority: Lewes District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN7 1HS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Chapel of St James' Hospital, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

14/366 (east side)

25.2.52 Southover Grange


House. 1572 for William Newton, Steward to the Earl of Dorset.
Dressed Caen stone, removed from the Priory, with coped parapets to roof
of Horsham slabs on lower slabs and plain tiles on upper slopes.
Various irregular red brick stacks and a pair of C19 gabled dormers with
decorative bargeboards. U-plan with wing to rear at left. West front:
2 storeys and attics. Projecting wings to left and right with central
recess, filled on ground floor. Fenestration slightly irregular of
2 - 3 - 1 rhythm. Ovolo-moulded cross-windows on ground-floor of wings,
with 2-light mullioned windows above, all with hood-mouldings. Small
2-light window with chamfered mullion in garret with hoodmould to right.
2-light window in garret to left, similar to first-floor windows but
smaller. 2-light ovolo-moulded mullioned windows in central recess, flanking
central window of 3 lights with shield over central light and reveal and hood-
mould, continuous over all 3 first floor windows in recess, stepped over.
Small central triangular gablet with finial on parapet. 6-light C19 transom
and mullions windows with rounded tracery to upper lights flanking rounded
Tudor-arched entrance with boarded and ribbed door, moulded surround, florally-
decorated spandrela and uncarved shield with light attached over. Continuous
hoodmould over all three openings. All windows with leaded casements in
iron frames. Small pedimented aedicule on first floor of re-entrant angle of
left wing containing shield of lion rampant. North front: Stack on ridge to
left of brick with arched panelled sides, over sailing cornice and with C19
bell in gabled wooden bell-cote. Main features of projecting wing to left
of centre and two tall stone chimney-breasts to right. Two gabled semi-dormers
flanking lefthand stack, both with gable-parapets and kneelers. Two ovolo-
moulded cross windows flanking stack with hoodmould continued around stack and
over single-light window in stack. Projecting wing with regular fenestration
of 5-light ovolo-moulded windows on ground and first floors and 2-light window
in garret and two windows flanking at half-levels between ground and first
floors and first and second floors, those above of 2 lights those below single.
All windows cast-iron casements with leaded lights and hoodmoulds. East
front L-plan with projecting canted staircase wing and further gabled wing in
re-entrant angle. 2 storeys with attics to right. Irregular fenestration.
Interior: Hall - panelled ceiling with moulded beams on shield corbels.
Marble fire-surround with Neo-Jacobean overmantel. Dining room - fire
surround with stone-moulded Tudor arch, inscribed 'WN 1572' in spandrels and
overmantel marked 'Ye Old/Welsh/Parliament/House/Dolgelly'. Staircase -
C19 Neo-Jacobean staircase with twisted baluster and early C18 hanging lantern
with foliage decoration. John Evelyn, the diarist, lived in Southover
Grange as a boy during the early seventeenth century. It was later used as
the original of Mockbeggar's Hall in Ovingdean Grange by William Harrison
Ainsworth, (18O5-82).

Listing NGR: TQ4132009834

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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