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Explore England's Past


 This Georgian tidemill stood east of Newhaven in East Sussex very close to the coast.

Major events in the life of a country house often leave little trace upon the building.

Structural features of gardens, such as buildings and walls, can be permanent and outlive plant life.  A detailed history of these gardens is prese

The desire to introduce fashionable features, such as a top-floor long gallery, into country houses demanded new solutions to make them possible.

Although the medieval village of Parham was cleared and its inhabitants moved to nearby Rackham as recently as 1778-9; no record exists of where th

Women have featured strongly in the succession of owners at Parham although, until the Married Woman's Property Act of 1882, a woman's property pas

The very best oak building timber at the end of the 16th century came from woods which were specifically managed to produce tall, straight trees fo

The Second World War had a great impact on the restoration of the country house.  A hiatus in the works planned by the Pearsons, combined with the

The Pearsons came to Parham in 1922 neither as members of a nouveau riche ‘smart set’ nor from the old landed aristocracy.