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Preston Manor of Bishop of Chichester

In the civil parish of Brighton.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of Brighton and Hove; City of.
1974 county of East Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Lewes).

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ30320640
Latitude 50.84246° Longitude -0.15039°

Preston Manor of Bishop of Chichester has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

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

Description

Residential manor of the Bishop of Chichester. (Thompson)

Preston Manor is largely a 1738 rebuilding with C19/20 additions, but the ground floor incorporates remains of an earlier building including two originally external square-headed stone Jacobean doorways with moulded architraves. Of two round-headed 'interior doorways one is of late date, the other, with a moulded stone surround, may be of C13 date and in situ. Building survey in 1999 carried out by Archaeology South East recorded that the earliest recognizable fabric was c1600 and little of this survived the early C18 rebuild. However it is likely that due to its position adjacent to the church this was the site of the medieval manor. (East Sussex HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1447 Oct 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Included in licence to crenellate numerous properties obtain by Bishop Moleynes in 1447 from which actual building work was probably not done. It can be assumed, with relative safety, that Preston Manor was the site of the bishops residence although the lack of remains does suggest this was not a large or often used residence.
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This record last updated 15/07/2016 11:05:37

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