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Brief description of site

Eartham House is situated to the southern end of the hamlet of Eartham.. The house and grounds are within a triangle of land bounded by two roads. To the north of the house, within the point of the triangle are a number of associated buildings and structures.
The grounds are principally to the south of the house on steeply rising ground, up to 94 metres. At the top of the hill, where there is a tree-covered mound amongst the woodland, there are extensive views across the playing fields to the south coast and Chichester.
The house is now a private school, and is also used as a wedding venue.

Brief history of site

The first reference to the establishment of a residence at Eartham was in 1743 when Thomas Hayley purchased a small estate from the heirs of Sir Robert Fag in order to build a house for his summer retirement. After his death in 1775, the house was occupied by his son William Hayley who was a poet.

Location information:

Address: Eartham, , PO18 0LR

Locality: Chichester, West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Eartham

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU939092
Latitude: 50.8747 Longitude: -0.66679

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: education

Site first created: 1743

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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