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Legh Manor

Gazetteer No. G0493

Date Circa 1920

Address Ansty Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 5AJ England


Legh Manor, ¾ m. s of Ansty. A mid-c16 house restored and added to by Lutyens after 1917; his patron was Sir William Chance, for whom he had previously built Orchards near Godalming (Surrey). s range of two storeys on a brick and sandstone plinth with projecting gabled s porch. Timber-framed, faced with hung tiles; Horsham slab roof. Tall brick chimneystacks at the ends. The present unassuming entrance porch on the e side is by Lutyens; entrance hall behind it. The n range, also with a tall chimneystack, was probably originally a service wing. Inside, spacious rooms. The s range has a great parlour three bays wide with evidence of a screens passage, and a smaller parlour w of it. Both have moulded beams and other woodwork of very high quality. The great parlour has original n and s doors and a six-light window in oak; Lutyens provided the fireplace with its flanking bookcase recesses. In the small parlour a fine original stone fireplace with carved spandrels bearing the initials ih and mh for John and Margaret Hussey. The Hussey arms in stained glass with the name as ‘hwsee’ adorn a stone-mullioned window in the dining room n of the entrance hall, where there is another Lutyens fireplace. Upstairs the s range seems originally to have had a long gallery, subdivided in the c17; more moulded beams and stone fireplaces as below. (Williamson et al, 2019, p.630)

C16 timber-framed house built by John and Mary Hussey and restored by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Sir William and Lady Chance in 1917 and subsequently bequeathed by them to the Sussex Archaeological Society. Two storeys. Three windows. Now tile-hung on a red brick base. Horsham slab roof. Casement windows. Two storeyed gabled porch with moulded bargeboards. Modern porch on east side. Queen-post roof inside. (Historic England, list entry 1025704)


Williamson E, Hudson T, Musson J, Nairn I (2019) Sussex: West. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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