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Parham Park, Parham

Description: Parham Park

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 298496

OS Grid Reference: TQ0600914219
OS Grid Coordinates: 506009, 114219
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9177, -0.4933

Location: Parham, West Sussex RH20 4HS

Locality: Parham
Local Authority: Horsham District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH20 4HS

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Listing Text

Parham Park
TQ 01 SE 11/577 15.3.55


This is one of the finest houses in Sussex. There was a fortified house here in
the Middle Ages, and some parts of this are incorporated in the east wing of the
present building. But the main bulk of the house was built by Sir Thomas Palmer
from 1577 onwards. It was sold by his grandson to Sir Thomas Bisshopp in 1597.
The Bisshopp family, who succeeded to the Barony of Zouche in 1815, retained it
until it was sold to the present owners in 1922. The house is built of stone rubble
with ashlar quoins, a Horsham slab roof and brick chimneys. The main front faces
south and is E-shaped. Three s nine w. The projecting wings are surmounted by
gables. In the centre is a porch, which was originally the main entrance, with
2 s above it and a gable. The doorway of the porch has pilasters, projecting cornice
and cartouche over it with swags flanking this. In the angles of the 2 outer wings
are 2 slightly smaller projections also gabled. Between these and the gable surmounting
the porch is one gabled dormer on each side. Beneath the west one are the ws of
the Great Hall consisting of 3 tall narrow ws, each of 4 tiers of 3 lights with
stone mullions and transoms. Beneath the east one are 3 sash ws with glazing bars
intact. But the majority of ws on this front are the original casement ws. The
west front has been partly refenestrated in 1710, by Sir Cecil Bisshopp, the 5th
baronet (1673-1725). Three s five w. The centre w bay projects with long and short
ashlar quoins and a pediment over it. The flanking w bays are recessed. Outside
these are projecting chimney breasts with similar quoins. The outer w bays are
surmounted by peds. Mostly casement ws but some sash ws inserted, the glazing bars
intact. The north front is irregular. The entrance is by a 2 s porch, added in
1870, which is flanked by octagonal buttresses with ogee heads. At the north-east
forner is a squat 2 s detached tower which is joined to the house by a wall. The
interior dates mostly from the C16 but there is at least one room on C18 style.
The Long Gallery is on the top floor with dormer ws. Country Life 19th,April, 1902.

Listing NGR: TQ0604114247

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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