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Friston Place, East Dean and Friston

Description: Friston Place

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 295129

OS Grid Reference: TV5484898840
OS Grid Coordinates: 554848, 98840
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7685, 0.1945

Location: East Dean, East Sussex BN20 0AH

Locality: East Dean and Friston
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN20 0AH

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Listing Text

Friston Place
TV 59 NW 27/24 13.10.52


This house was originally called Beechington. The oldest portion was built
by the Potman family in the early C15. Later in the C15 it passed to the
Selwyn family who occupied it until 1704. It was altered and enlarged by
them in the C16 and C17. It is a timber-framed building but the timbering
with plaster infilling is only exposed in the north wall. The majority
of the building is now faced with flints with stone quoins. Tiled roof.
Casement windows with stone mullions. Three storeys. The south front has
6 windows irregularly placed and a chimney breast of flints with stone quoins.
Two similar chimney breasts on the north wall.
The east or entrance front dates from the mid C17 when the house was extended
a few feet in this direction. Red brick. Stringcourse above each floor.
Four windows. Four gables with carved bargeboards. Casement windows with
wooden mullions and transoms. The first window bay from the right projects
and was built out beyond the original doorway, which is now inside the house
but retains its old hinge and a bar running into a slot. Over the outer
doorway are stones with the initials and dates "T.S,1613" and "P.S.1634".
These date-stones were actually removed from the Stables and inserted in
this front by J A Maitland about 1896. But the east front of the house
probably was built about this time by Thomas Selwyn, who died in 1613, or
by his grandson Frederick Selwyn, who died in 1664. The Hall to the left
of the main entrance in the east front has a king-post roof. One room has
wall paintings.

Listing NGR: TV5484898840

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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