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Cuckfield Park, Cuckfield

Description: Cuckfield Park

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 302912

OS Grid Reference: TQ2975524416
OS Grid Coordinates: 529755, 124416
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0045, -0.1520

Location: Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5AB

Locality: Cuckfield
Local Authority: Mid Sussex District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH17 5AB

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Listing Text

TQ 22 SE
3/4 Cuckfield Park
Mansion. c1574. E-plan house with some early C18 refurbishment, refronted and
turned into 2 courtyard plan in 1859-51. Brick and stone, mainly refronted in
cement render in Mid C19 with Horsham stone slab roof and clustered brick chimney
stack. South East front: Late C16 refronted in Mid C19 in cement with incised
lines. 2 storeys, basement and attics. Roof has Horsham stone slabs and 5 dormers
with very elaborate pediments with wooden finials, pendants with shields below and
deep cornices covered in lead sheeting. Eaves cornice and plinth. 7 bays and two
½ bays. C19 cross windows with pintle hinges. Ground floor windows have hood-
mouldings. Central projecting 2 storey entrance porch with octagonal turrets and
crenellations. 4 centre arched door with 2 stone steps. South West front:
Refronted and part added in Mid C19. 2 storeys and basement cement rendered. 7
bays, including 2 projecting end and 1 projecting centre gable with octagonal
finials and kneelers with full height 4-light canted bays. Cross-shaped casements
with hood moulding to ground floor windows. Attached to left is a Mid C19 conserv-
atory or orangery of one storey of sandstone with 4 sandstone pillars supporting
3 arches, now glazed, and one storey attached building of 1 bay and Horsham stone
slab roof. North West front: Left hand part has end of Elizabethan brick range
with infilling of C18 date. Brick mainly rendered except for extreme left end,
2 storeys, attic and basement. End gables of 1 window each, having stone coping
with kneelers and octagonal finials and 16-pane sashes with wide glazing bars and
cambered heads. 3 tall brick chimney stacks, the centre one twisted. Roof reveals
gables of original Elizabethan building behind. Interior: Hall contains late C16
plank and muntin panelling with some inlay work towards the top and scroll-work
frieze, a fine plaster ceiling with squares, quatrefoil motifs and pendants and
a stone fireplace with oak carved overmantel with mutule frieze, strapwork motifs
and console brackets. Morning Room has magnificent carved oak screen dated 1581.
It has 6 Composite columns with grotesque animal masks above. Mutule frieze and
terms supporting cornice. The top panel has 2 panels with lion rampant and the
motto 'Guardez la Foy', 2 shields and central date panel in an ornamental surround
with figures of Justice and angels. The 3 panels between the columns have pilasters
and round-headed doors have been inserted in the original entries. The room is
panelled throughout with plank and muntin panelling and has a late C16 stone fire-
place with slender spandrels and oak overmantel with pilasters, round-headed arches
and raised diamond motif friezes with marquetry inlay. Music Room has C19
decorative plaster ceiling imitating the late C16 Hall ceiling and a deep cornice
with Tudor roses and large birds, probably mythical. Dining Room has a magnificent
stone fireplace dated 1574 with the initials H B (for Henry Bowyer) & H E. It bears
the designs of musical instruments, snakes on shaft, snails and floral swags. Old
cast-iron fireback. Oak overmantel with 2 large square panels with marquetry inlay
and shields with motto 'Gardez la Foy'. Strapwork plaster ceilings, probably a
C17 copy. Oak plank and muntin panelling with mutule frieze at top. Main Staircase
is a late C16 oak open well staircase with large moulded balusters, moulded string
and elaborate knops, massive wooden pendants below the flights and panelling to
dado height. There are 3 flights of 5 treads to each floor. At the bottom of the
staircase is a C16 archway with plank door. Windows to the staircase have heraldic
stained glass and old glass with diamond leaded cases. The top floor has a series
of original oak plank doors. First floor has a series of panelled rooms leading
off the main staircase. First a panelled lobby with pilasters and strapwork design,
leading onto a panelled room with overmantel dated 1579 and initials 'H B'. This
has 2 tiers of columns, the lower Ionic, the upper Corinthian, with central shield.
Panelling is of strapwork type with elaborate panelled frieze, separated by console
brackets and corner pilasters. C19 stone fireplace with oak design in spandrels
lined with old Delft tiles. A panelled china cupboard with L-hinges leads off,
followed by a panelled bedroom with plank and muntin panelling, pilastered over-
mantel with mutule frieze and C19 stone fireplace with old Delft tiles. The house
was the model for Harrison Ainsworth's novel 'Rookwood' though the location was
Yorkshire in the novel.
(See Country Life 15 March 1919, Pevsner Buildings of England, Sussex. p478 and
Victoria County History Vol (VII p 149-151).

Listing NGR: TQ2975524416

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Source: English Heritage

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