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Preston Manor, Brighton

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Preston Manor is the former manor house of the ancient Sussex village of Preston, now part of the coastal city of Brighton and Hove, England. The present building dates mostly from 1738, when Lord of the manor Thomas Western rebuilt the original 13th-century structure (part of which remains inside), and 1905 when Charles Stanley Peach's renovation and enlargement gave the house its current appearance. The manor house passed through several owners, including the Stanfords—reputedly the richest family in Sussex— after several centuries of ownership by the Diocese of Chichester and a period in which it was Crown property. Since 1932, when the Stanford family bequeathed the building to Brighton Corporation, Preston Manor has been a museum and exhibition venue evoking upper-class life during the Edwardian era. A walled garden, designated as being of historic interest, has old flint walls, a ruined wellhouse and a pet graveyard, among other features. The manor house is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain: it has been the subject of ghost tours and television programmes, and a wide range of ghostly sightings have been alleged over a long time period. English Heritage has listed the house at Grade II* for its architectural and historical importance; some other structures in the garden are listed at the lower Grade II.
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TripAdvisor
  • Lots to see in this Manor House, from the kitchens through the public rooms to the bedrooms all furnished to match the period  more »
  • This beautifully maintained Manor is fun to walk through. It's billed as a sort of haunted house so it's the kind of place you can take the kids to and let their imagination soar. Plus it's fun for ad...  more »
  • Well, this was a wonderful visit to see Father Christmas. The room we saw him in was beautifully decorated. Father Christmas looked very much the real deal. I loved the way he and his elf chatted to t...  more »
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  • Looks are deceiving. The Preston Manor gives the illusion from the outside that it's just a regular building but step inside and you go back 100's of years of Brighton's past and how people lived. It's always so much better to learn about history in real time! I also saw Doreen Valiente’s who was coined "Mother of Witchcraft" there was also Gerald Gardner’s original, handwritten Book of Shadows... I expected it to be much larger but for what was shown it was good. Be sure to venture into the garden within Preston Park. Now that's very nice!
  • The Doreen Valiente exhibition was brilliant. The house itself is also amazing, a nice peek into the upstairs-downstairs life!
  • Amazingly looked after Edwardian house. They sat it was haunted, I think it still is. The staff are very friendly and George the head gardener is a fascinating character. Must seek him out for a chat
  • Visited during Brighton Festival..House have that air as if someone are still living-in.not spooky sort of realistic chambers unlike castles..The staff are friendly,helped me try victorian era costumes.Garden is beautiful,active bee keeping going on, so a 30mt visit turned out to 1.5 hr...
  • I visited the gardens for an outdoor "pop-up" showing of a film by the Picturehouse cinema. Whilst the garden was a natural theatre-type setting for this entertainment, with plenty of space for audience dancing at the end of the musical film "Purple Rain", the conditions attached to the pop-up cinema were confusing. Instructions regarding "bring no food, bring no drink, bring your own seating" were inaccurate: the on-site bar was very limited, no food was available (we sent out for a pizza) and the bar sponsor had provided many deck chairs. The evening was improved greatly by Picturehouse's friendly and expert staff, who knew that the audience could be trusted to look after themselves.