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Windmill Hill Place (also known as Windmill Hill Place Tennis Resort)


The site was described as a substantial mansion with offices, pleasure grounds, barns and stables. It was surrounded by woods and plantations. Features included a large rookery and a small heronry. It is unclear how many of these features still exist. The site was recently a golf and tennis club, but has been sold and its current use is unknown.

From Horsfield (1835): ‘The estate of Windmill Hill was for some centuries the property and residence of the ancient family of Luxford or Lunsford and was bequeathed by the last remaining member of that family, in the year 1739 to his widow and by her left to her niece who married - Comyns Esq. Their son Stephen sold it to his brother-in-law, William Pigou (who) pulled down the old house which had been there from time immemorial and on the same scite (sic) erected the present mansion... Mr Pigou sold it to Edward Jeremiah Curteis.'

Windmill Hill was sold as ‘being a substantial capital mansion house with convenient offices, pleasure ground and garden fit for the residence of a gentleman with barns, stables and convenient offices for the occupation of 164 acres.'

‘The house is well-sheltered by woods and plantations to the north and east and standing on an eminence commands delightful and extensive views over the South Downs and Pevensey Bay. Here is a very large rookery and what is not now common in this country, close to the house is a small heronry.'

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An extract from Herstmonceux Tenement Analysis reads: ‘It is possible that present day Windmill Hill Place was constructed upon a virgin site soon after 1721'. (It had belonged to the Luxford family since 1592.) George Luxford obtained permission to divert a footpath near his mansion house in 1723. Property, fields and other buildings were added during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The house was designed by Willey Reveley, the architect of All Saints Southampton, for William Pigou.

Features & Designations


  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Lodge
  • Grade: II
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Windmill Hill Place
  • Grade: II*


  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The house was designed by Willey Reveley for William Pigou.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
  • Pond
  • Description: There was a chain of three large ponds. These may or may not exist any longer.
  • Mansion
  • Office
  • Stables
  • Woodland
  • Plantation
  • Rookery
Key Information





Principal Building



Part: standing remains

Open to the public


Civil Parish





  • Barbara Abbs

  • Sussex Gardens Trust