Marlipins Local and Maritime Museum, Shoreham-by-Sea

Marlipins Museum, is a 12th to early 13th century Grade II* listed building on the High Street in Shoreham-by-Sea, a town in Adur district in West Sussex, England. It is distinguished by its chess-board pattern of stone flint on its frontal façade.The initial estimate of the date of the building is thought to be 12th century based on new evidence which has emerged following the demolition of the adjunct building during the construction of the new annexe. The northern wall was originally constructed between 1167 and 1197 and that this was demolished and replaced by a new wall in the 15th century.It is thought to be the oldest complete secular building in Britain.The Caen stone frontage is thought to have been added in the late 13th to early 14th century along with other renovations. Repairs and reconstruction then took place to the roof in the 15th century and new timbers installed in the 16th century.OriginsThere are various theories about the origins of the building and its intended purpose. These theories range from it being a storehouse for wool and hides, a hospital, the remains of the Carmelite Priory, and even a meeting-house for the Knight Templar. There have also been suggestions it was built for ecclesiastical purposes but there is no real evidence for this.The buildings may well have served as a Court of Piepowders (dusty feet) for those frequenting the markets held outside its doors, whilst it might have originally been built by the de Braoses as their depot in the town (they dwelt at nearby Bramber Castle).
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  • Very small museum and not quite our thing but feel sure other people will love it. Small entrance fee and loved the video of the actors.  more »
  • Interesting local archeology and town history museum in an interesting 12c building. Good value for £3 and there is a children's activity area upstairs to  more »
  • Four rooms of local artifacts and boating and airport interest, can be accessed by wheelchair for lower level and upper floor.  more »
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  • This Museum really packs a punch. For a few pounds you get a treasure trove of history. The building alone is very rare and beautiful. Museums are a vital part of any area and need our support.
  • Fantastic museum
  • The volunteer staff were friendly. It is small but we enjoyed looking around the museum when we visited family in Shoreham.
  • Ready nice staff in pub

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