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News Report of the Yeoman's House at Bignor in Sussex

Y E O M A N ' S

A Grade II* Medieval Wealden Hall House has come under the Property Market

This is a superb example of a single bay Wealden hall house and can be regarded as perhaps the best preserved of its type remaining in England.

Because of its picturesque and romantic architecture it has always been a favourite with the painter, writer and photographer.

The walls are timber framed under a thatched roof topped by a chimney to one side. Either side of the centre section at the front, the upper floor is jettied and has timber spandrels in front of the recess. The brick infilling here is from the Tudor period when alterations were made to the hall. The remaining infillings are surfaced with white painted plaster with flint being used elsewhere to give an extremely decorative and pleasing appearance. The inside is full of original features with fine timbering and craftsmanship. There are three reception rooms and the kitchen downstairs and three bedrooms and the bathroom upstairs with both floors being arranged with the rooms in line and linked by passages and doors.

The two thirds of an acre garden has a thatched summerhouse, a stable block and garage.

The cottage was once The Old Shop in this downland village of Bignor. It was built in the 15th century on a natural outcrop of rock, which forms a plinth for the cottage to sit on.

Little has changed since Medieval times other than the Tudor alterations to the hall and the addition of a fireplace. The staircase was replaced recently with an excellent oak reproduction of the Medieval style.

The property has been cared for and preserved over the last forty years by the present owner.

The surrounding area is steeped in history with its 14th century church of the Holy Cross and the excavated site of the well-known Bignor Roman Villa, which is open to the public.

The property is being offered for sale through the agent Hamptons International at their Chichester Office with a price guide of 650,000 for the freehold.

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