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Alfriston Clergy House

The Tye, ALFRISTON, Polegate, BN26 5TL

Built by a yeoman farmer in 1350, this rare Wealden timber-framed hall-house was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust, who bought it for 10 in 1896. The idyllic thatched property has delightful views across the River Cuckmere and a beautiful cottage garden teeming with wildlife. Despite its name it was not actually lived in by the clergy but rented out as a source of income for the church. A visit here embraces 650 years of English history, taking you back to the time when King Edward III was the ruling monarch. The sparseness of the medieval dining hall with its chalk and sour milk floor is a contrast to the sumptuously planted cottage garden and orchard, with their abundant fruits and flowers. There is an on-site shop selling souvenirs and ice creams but no toilets or tea room. These can be found in the very pleasant village of Alfriston. Please telephone or check website for details of special events running throughout the year.

Further information

Tel: 01323 871961
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National Trust


With a voluntary Gift Aid donation: £5.50 (ch £2.75). Family £13.75. Visitors can choose to pay standard admission price

Opening times

Open 28 Feb-15 Mar, Sat-Sun 10.30-5
16 Mar-1 Nov, Sat-Wed 10.30-5
2 Nov-20 Dec, Sat-Wed 11-4. Open Good Fri
Average visit 1.5hrs





Partly accessible. 5 steps to house, narrow corridors & small rooms. Grounds partly accessible, some slopes, steps & gravel paths in garden, some visitors may need assistance
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Alfriston Clergy House
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4m NE of Seaford, E of B2108, next to church

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