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Lis Lawrence

Lis Lawrence's Grade II listed 15th century home


Season:
Autumn


Location:
East Sussex, UK


Credits:
GAP Interiors/Bruce Hemming


Feature No:   902 

Qty of Images:    37 

 



 
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Synopsis
‘We sat here that first winter with scarves and gloves in front of the fire thinking we have made a dreadful mistake, we really did think we had moved to the wrong place. It was freezing and we thought how are we ever going to get warm. It was cold because there was nothing blocking off the chimney and any heat the fire gave off went straight up the chimney. You could look up and see the stars or get rained on. I was so excited when we put the wood burners in and at last we were snug and warm.’ Lis remembers.

The house dates back to 1480 and was probably a hall house. Originally made from wattle and daub it would have had tiny windows with wooden shutters and a hearth in the middle with a separate room for the animals. During the 1700s it was faced with flint, a very popular building material in this part of Sussex. Several times during its history it had been divided into two or three farm workers’ cottages attached to a neighbouring farm, and until 1928 it was the village Post Office.

 

 

 
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