Alfriston Clergy House

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Alfriston Clergy House
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Bristol, UK25 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Disappointing visit- very small house and just a couple of artefacts. NT filled out the visit by a guy giving a talk which I didn’t find particularly interesting.
Written September 30, 2021
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Surrey221 contributions
Aug 2021
Octavia Hill, who pleaded for preservation of this House and its purchase by the fledgling National Trust wanted the building “to be left to tell its story to the days that are to come” - but sadly some National Trust volunteers appear only interested in the sound of their own voice.

This is a unique House and garden and should not be missed but our visit yesterday was a classic example of National Trust Attitude. It started with the unwelcoming “Have you booked? You can’t come in if you haven’t booked in advance. This is a small property and we don’t have space!” Absolutely fair enough and perfectly understandable but when I asked if there might be space the following morning the answer was “Well, I haven’t got a sheet for tomorrow. I don’t know. You’ll have to go online”, then followed by “Well actually I do have 2 spaces but you’ll have to go away and go for a walk or go into the Church until then (there was a funeral taking place in the Church but the wait was in fact only 10-15 minutes so no problem at all). Why make life so difficult?

When we did come back, radio contact with a colleague inside was needed about the fact that 4 people had been caught in traffic and 1 was still trying to park the car. Apparently no-one could go in unless everyone was there. The family concerned had to stand and look at the ground while their ability to join the next group was being discussed in front of everyone else.

And then - an introduction to the house, in the garden, which would have been very good if the lady’s colleagues hadn’t been chatting so loudly to each other nearby (and commenting on the abilities of another volunteer colleague) that they almost drowned her out. Then, “Has anyone NOT been in the exhibition room? “ None of us actually, as you herded us all into the garden without even mentioning an exhibition. But the downstairs room was now empty, so we needed to move through into the house. The exhibition would have to wait.

And so we could enter, with reasonable precautions about not crowding and keeping a distance - only to find ourselves upstairs with a volunteer who wanted unconnected people to be kept firmly in one small group, fully attentive to him, so he could repeat at length everything his colleague had already said. He tutted loudly as one or two people entered the room when he was speaking and tutted even more when we turned to leave, having had enough of him.

As we left the property, with perhaps 6 or 8 people around the House and Garden as a whole and no queue outside, another family of 4 was being turned away at the door. Perhaps the need for advance booking needs to be better advertised? (There was no notice on the gate about this when we checked opening times the previous evening).

The construction of the house, its preservation and the details in various rooms say so much, if you can look. The exhibition was instructive and interesting. Please, please, National Trust, put a smile on your face and try to be helpful instead of intimidating people - and let this building tell its own story. (For comparison, visit Berwick Church!)
Written August 19, 2021
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London28 contributions
Jul 2021
A marvellous journey into the past history of architecture and construction inventiveness! Who'd have thought the floor of the main hall could be made of milk and chalk, for example? Complemented by magnificent gardens and set in against a background of outstanding natural beauty. Well worth an hour or two of anyone's time to pay a visit!
Written July 17, 2021
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Malcolm D
4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This ancient house is more than just another old place to visit - it is where the collective consciousness of our stunning national heritage became real. A sad ruin, of rotted straw and timbers, destined to be lost in the dim memory of history, became a beacon of our past and what the new N.T was to become. Hopefully, the Trust will now grasp the educational importance of this humble home and bring it to life to show how our ancestors lived from day to day.
Written July 7, 2021
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Billingshurst, UK737 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were in the area so thought we may as well visit this old House.

It's a small national trust property but is looked after in the usual standard. Covid booking in measures currently in place along with the usual safeguards and all done well.

We were given the history of the place by a couple of national trust volunteers and it's always nice to hear them talk with knowledge and passion about the place they are at.

Beautiful thatched building with lovely surrounding gardens and reedbed.

Parking is best done at the car parks at the north end of the village and then you can walk down to here.
Written June 19, 2021
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heather p
Epsom, UK100 contributions
Jun 2021
So pleased that the NT decide it was safe to open this interesting house.. Staff and volunteers were very welcoming. Advance booking meant numbers were restricted and we felt safe. After a short advance talk from a knowledgeable guide we toured the house alone but guides in each room were on hand to provide information. A truly fascinating property
We only managed a brief look at the garden as it was raining but found the adjoining church worth a visit.
It had been suggested we should take tea afterwards at Badgers Tea room. Sadly this was closed and appears not to be reopening.
Written June 12, 2021
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Chris Berry
Haywards Heath, UK48 contributions
Mar 2020
What a lovely house to visit, full of history, information and helpful staff.

Each room is full of original features and character, the gardens are lovely with what we saw as they are mostly flooded at the moment due to the weather.
Written March 9, 2020
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Nov 2019
A lovely 15th Century Thatched Roof Clergy House in one of my favourite and prettiest villages in East Sussex , Alfriston .
Right next to St Andrews church you will come across the National Trust House , And not much to enter if you`re not a NT Member . As i went in i was met by a lovely Gentleman who told me a bit about the house and showed me that some parts Like the orchard garden at the moment is flooded but the fruit garden is open , As i made my way into the house you first come across the Parlour room , Very old and quaint , There`s a guide leaflet for you , And it takes you Through each room , And tells you all about that room and the how it has changed over the years .
The bedroom upstairs was decked in Victorian times , and so cold , and you saw pics of what it used to look like when the last occupant was living there , As you come downstairs you will enter a passage way and on the wall is a Time Line telling you what happened to the house on that particular date as well as notable events .
Yes it is tiny but a joy to walk round inside and i imagine in the summer a lovely place to sit and enjoy the sun ...
There is a shop , With all sorts of goodies to buy ..
Don`t forget to visit the church next door and maybe have a stroll along the River Cuckmere banks .
Written November 30, 2019
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Anne W
Carmarthen, UK34 contributions
Sep 2019
My husband and I visited on 23rd September as NT members. I absolutely loved this place. It had such a lovely atmosphere, I felt at home. The three staff present on the day were a credit to the NT. Very interesting information about the structure of the building - walls and floor! The lady volunteer from London was full of info and made us feel very welcome, as did the gentleman and the lady in the shop. We loved the garden, both the house and the garden were much bigger than what you imagined.
Next door to the Church (also worth a visit) and in front of both is a green with seats - ideal place for a picnic. Without doubt one of our most enjoyable NT days. Thank you
Written November 24, 2019
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Crawley, UK42 contributions
Nov 2019
Apparently this was the first property taken on by the National Trust. It is very small but delightful. The guide was very helpful without being intrusive. The Clergy House was displayed as rooms from different eras. Really interesting and worth a visit. I think that in the summer the gardens would be a delight.
Written November 17, 2019
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