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Udimore Court Lodge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Udymer; Udymere

In the civil parish of Udimore.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of East Sussex.
1974 county of East Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Hastings).

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ86351891
Latitude 50.93942° Longitude 0.65116°

Udimore Court Lodge has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

Remains of homestead moat (dry) enclosing church and Court Lodge.
The old manor-house, Court Lodge, having been pulled down, was purchased in 1912 and re-erected at Groombridge, near Tunbridge Wells. Licence to crenellate was granted in 1479 (VCH 1937)
Only two areas of the moat that once enclosed the church and the old Court Lodge now exist. The extant area north of the church has an average depth of 1-0m with a partly dry pond within its banks. The existing area east and south of the old Court Lodge is under close scrub with an average depth of 1.0m. The former line of the moat has been overlaid by buildings and farmland. No trace exists of the original Court Lodge (F1 JRL 18-SEP-72). (East Sussex HER)

There are the remains of a dry moat which enclosed St Mary's Church and the old Court Lodge manor house. Although only two areas of the moat now exist and the Court Lodge was dismantled in 1912 and reerected at Groombridge, the site was considered to have archaeological potential. It is recorded that both Edward I and III had stayed at Court Lodge and there is potential relating to the long history of the manor estate. (Collins 2006)

Regarding the moved building - Location TQ52873777, Speldhurst CP, Kent. Grade 2-star Listed Building Number–438601: PastScape Defra ELS number–897222
House, incorporating the retainers wing from a medieval courtyard house, Unimore Manor in Sussex. Medieval wing is mid/late C15. It was dismantled transported and carefully re-erected here in 1912 with some new building in similar style. The project was organised by the local artist Lawson Wood and supervised by his architect J.D. Clarke and the historian J.E. Ray. Medieval section is timber-framed on new brick footings... The medieval range is very well-preserved and of high quality construction. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1479 Aug 15 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Called a homestead moat by one report but clearly a significant manorial centre with a court and, on place-name evidence, a park to the west. The parish church of St Mary is certainly Norman and probably earlier in origin and the manor site is likely to be contemporary with the church. The re-erected building survives and is a mainly timber framed structure although this may only be the front range of a courtyard house. Even so it is clear the licenced house was not fortified beyond its moat.
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