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Folkington Manor

Country house with an artistic heritage, set at the foot of the South Downs.

Folkington, East Sussex, BN26 5SD

Folkington Manor in East Sussex

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History

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After the death of Thomas Sheppard’s son in 1875 both properties were sold to Mr James Gwynne, an engineer and antiquary, and in 1915 passed to his son Col. Rupert Gwynne, M.P. for Eastbourne between 1910 and 1924.

Rupert Gwynne was father of Elizabeth David, the pre-eminent British cookery writer of the mid-20th century, and brother of Violet Gordon Woodhouse, the most enigmatic figure to have been born at Folkington and also buried at the local church. She was a highly acclaimed musician who entertained the likes of Diaghilev and Picasso.

She lived an intriguing life at Folkington Manor where she lived in a menage a cinq.

On Rupert Gwynne’s death the house passed into the hands of his younger brother Sir Roland Gwynne, Mayor of Eastbourne 1928-31.

Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.