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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  • We went to Preston manor on a Saturday and it was closed before 10:30 and we had paid enough money to get in and in the end we didn't get it back awful day  more »
  • Preston manor will give a glimpse of the way things used to be .Whilst Edwardian in style it was built on the site of what used to be the ancient Manor House of Preston Village . Its decorated and fur...  more »
  • Stopped off here on our way home last week. The building itself is not very beautiful but it is a fabulous record of life in Edwardian times. When the last heir died young, it was left to Brighton Cit...  more »
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  • Great local museum, set in an old manor house it shows what life would have been like at the turn of the century. Also got to see the breath-taking Doreen Valiente collection while it was on show in 2016. Magickal!
  • 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!
  • Varied 100+ year old interiors in the grand house and lovely lawn at rear for lazing around on a summer's day. Supposedly haunted if you're into that sort of thing.
  • The Doreen Valiente exhibition was brilliant. The house itself is also amazing, a nice peek into the upstairs-downstairs life!
  • Didn't go inside but does look impressive from outside!

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