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Alfriston Clergy House


Type:Historic House / Palace

The Tye, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TL

Tel: +44 01323 871961

Alfriston Clergy House


The Clergy House is remarkable as an ordinary house surviving from the 14th  century.  It was probably built for a farmer but became the property of the church, which is how it gets its name.   By the 1890s, it was virtually derelict.  It would have been lost forever, but for the efforts of Reverend Beynon who persuaded the newly formed National Trust to buy & restore it in 1896.

One of the beams in the Main Hall features an oak leaf carving which may have been the inspiration for the National Trust logo.  The floor in the hall is made of an unusual mixture of chalk and sour milk.
The cottage style garden was laid out by Sir Robert Witt, the tenant in the 1920s and developed by the National Trust over the years.  The most asked about tree is the 100 year old Judas tree on the top lawn.
You can also visit the excellent shop.

Explore the delightful garden and savour the idyllic setting beside Alfriston's parish church with stunning views across the meandering river Cuckmere.

For the latest prices and opening times please visit the National Trust website.



Map & Directions

Road Directions

4 miles North East of Seaford, just east of B1208 in Alfriston village adjoining the Tye. 
Bus RDH 125 from Lewes.
Autopoint 126 from Eastbourne and Seaford.
Station. Berwick -2.5 miles away


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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