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Bailiffscourt Hotel, Sussex

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Description

The bailiff of the abbey of Séez in Normandy once lived at Bailiffscourt, explaining the presence of a small 13thc. chapel on the site. The present house and outbuildings were erected by Lord Moyne in 1935, to a design by Aymas Phillips. The main house has a courtyard plan on an intimate scale, and is built in a late medieval style, incorporating many imported medieval features. The doorway of the thatched guest-house nearby incorporates several carved 12thc. stones, reportedly retrieved from the walls of a Georgian farmhouse on the Bailiffscourt site. The implication is that the stones had been reused in the walls of that building.

History

Aslet states that the doorway to the guesthouse was 'reconstructed from fragments found in the walls of the demolished farmhouse'. The farmhouse was Georgian.

Features

Exterior Features

Doorways

E doorway of thatched guest-house

This doorway has a continuous single order decorated with lateral chevron on face and soffit, and a chevron edge roll. Eight of the stones are in a pale stone, while the others match the warm shelly limestone of the 1930s building. The pale stones are almost certainly of 12thc. date, and many of them display signs of fire damage. The soffit of one stone is carved with a double-headed consecration cross.

Dimensions
h. of aperture 1.91 m
w. of aperture 0.91 m

Comments/Opinions

The stones are very similar to those on the outer order jambs of the S transept doorway at nearby Clymping. They may have been removed from Clymping during a programme of restoration and reused in the farmhouse at Bailiffscourt.

Bibliography

  • C. Aslet, The Last Country Houses. London 1985, fig 124.
  • A. H. Peat and L. C. Halsted, Churches and Other Antiquities of West Sussex. Chichester 1912, 65.

Location

Site Location
Bailiffscourt Hotel
National Grid Reference
TQ 001 007 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Sussex
now: West Sussex
Dedication
medieval:
now:
Type of building/monument
Hotel, formerly private house  
Report authors
Kathryn Morrison