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Court Farmhouse, Alciston

Description: Court Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 294874

OS Grid Reference: TQ5056205530
OS Grid Coordinates: 550562, 105530
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8297, 0.1366

Location: The Village, Alciston, East Sussex BN26 6UR

Locality: Alciston
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN26 6UR

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Listing Text

ALCISTON Court House
36/135 (Formerly listed as
Court Farmhouse)

The grade shall be amended to II*

The description should be amended to read:

Former manor house of Battle Abbey. C14 to C15 with later, especially late C18 or
early C19, alterations; two C19 wings with pyramidal roofs on north of medieval hall.
Originally flint rubble walls with stone dressings; west wing originally partly or
wholly timber framed; later brick dressings and lacing courses; first floors tile hung.
Plain tile roofs with hips to flanking cross-wings. H-shaped plan; former hall in
centre with two cross-wings, the last comprising a west, three bay, and possibly
slightly later wing, and an east, probably later medieval, five bay wing. Two through
passages. House re-orientated to east in late C18 or early C19, when first floor of
west wing converted to a granary.

Five bay east elevation (to east wing): stucco on ground floor. Four first floor
triple sashes with glazing bars and a single sash with glazing bars in centre. Four
similar windows below but the inner two with half-glazed doors in centre lights. Central
doorway with fanlight with radiating tracery and six-panelled door, the top four
panels fielded. Roof descends low over tile-hung south elevation of hall: three-light
attic window with sloping roof; ground floor triple sash with horns and glazing bars.
At left hand, C19 six flush panel door, with top two panels glazed, to through
passage. S elevation of west wing: flint ground floor with brick lacing courses.
N elevation of west wing: ground floor of flint and brick, with brick and flint stairs
incorporating dog kennel rising to ledged door; tile-hung timber framed first floor
jettied out on massive joists. Interior: two bay former open hall with a cross-passage
formed in lower west bay; two doorways retained, one with fragments of original
masonry. Upper east bay of hall retains C14 stone rere-arch of a hall window in both
N and S walls. Open truss. Roof with massive crown-posts with heavy four-way head
braces on cruciform plan. Inserted Tudor floor with massive stopped and chamfered
beam and joists; great chimney with chamfered bressumer. Inserted SW stair with
octagonal wooden newel with finial. Two bays of 3 bay west wing comprising solar or
first floor chamber with open truss, with ogee headed opening to hall space above
screen. Five bay east wing with crown-posts with moulded caps and bases to former
first floor chamber of exceptional size. SE ground floor room with earlier C19 reeded
fireplace surround with paterae; two semi-elliptical arches on columns; C19 straight
baluster stairs. Ledged and four and six panel doors generally.

See Sussex/Collection, Vols 100 (1962), 106 (1968) and 116 (1978).


ALCISTON Court House Farmhouse
(formerly listed as
Court Farmhouse)
TQ 5005 36/135 13.10.52


C17 or earlier timber-framed house, altered and enlarged in the C18 and since.
Of irregular plan, but the front forms a half H and the back an L. Partly
exposed timber-framing with the west end of the north front oversailing and
partly tile-hung or faced with flints. Hipped tiled roof. Sash windows with
glazing bars intact. Two storeys. Three window.

Listing NGR: TQ5056705530

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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