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Charleston Manor, West Dean, Sussex

(50°47′6″N, 0°9′22″E)
Charleston Manor, West Dean
TQ 521 006
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Sussex
now East Sussex
  • Kathryn Morrison
23 September 1999

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Feature Sets

Charleston Manor is situated 0.6 miles NW of West Dean church (qv). The earliest datable feature in the W range is a late Norman window, set in the N wall at first-floor level, presumably to light a first-floor hall. An east range was added in the early 17thc. It was doubled by the erection of a new range along its north side in the late 18thc.


Exterior Features



Probablyc.1180 (Datedc.1200 by Pevsner). The central capital, with its exposed bell, is a Transitional type. The waterleaf has prominent curling tips, but these are not quite crockets as yet. This might be 'Alured's Chapel, Charleston'? (see Sussex Archaeological Collections 1851, 47).


'Alured's Chapel, Charleston, Detail Of Window', Sussex Archaeological Collections 4, 1851, 47.

W.H. Godfrey, Sussex Notes and Queries 4, 1932, 33-39

'West Dean - Charleston Manor', ROHAS Report No. 1075

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth 1965, 622

M. Wood, The English Medieval House, 32, 346