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Brief description of site

Friston Place is a formal, compartmentalised garden laid out around an early-16th-century manor house. There are surviving elements of garden and landscape features from the 16th century onwards.

Brief history of site

Friston Place was built by the early-16th-century on land previously granted by charter from Edward I to William Boyd Etchingham, and subsequently owned by the Lords de la Warr and the Potman family.

Around 1500, a Thomas Selwyn acquired the land by marriage to Margery Potman and probably enlarged an existing 14th-century building into the timber-framed Wealden hall-house.

Location information:

Address: Friston, Wealden, BN20 0AL

Locality: Wealden

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Alfriston

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TV548989
Latitude: 50.769 Longitude: 0.19388


The site lies some 7 kilometres south of the A22 Eastbourne to London road, 400 metres west of the village of Friston.

Key information:

Form of site: compartment

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : formal

Site first created: 1300 to 1550

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 15

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