Preston Manor

A potted history

The current building at Preston Manor was built in 1738 by the squire, Thomas Western. He probably acted as his own architect. The entrance porch was added in about 1800.

Preston Manor is listed in the Domesday Book. It belonged to the Bishop of Chichester. The manor covered the parish and a large part of the Hove foreshore.

In 1933, following the death of the last residents, Charles and Ellen Thomas-Stanford, the house was bequeathed to Brighton Council. It's now a country house museum, specialising in the recreation of country home life before the First World War.

Text from the 1995 'My Brighton' museum exhibit
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page

Does anybody know the history of the well that was close to the church? As children we used to play around the top of the well which was housed in a purpose built building and appeared to supply the manor. On top of the shaft was a large wheel that could be turned, perhaps by a horse, to drive the pump mechanism.

By James E Thomsett (11/02/2007)

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