Preston Manor, Brighton

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Preston Manor is the former manor house of the ancient Sussex village of Preston, now part of the coastal city of Brighton and Hove, England. The present building dates mostly from 1738, when Lord of the manor Thomas Western rebuilt the original 13th-century structure (part of which remains inside), and 1905 when Charles Stanley Peach's renovation and enlargement gave the house its current appearance. The manor house passed through several owners, including the Stanfords—reputedly the richest family in Sussex— after several centuries of ownership by the Diocese of Chichester and a period in which it was Crown property. Since 1932, when the Stanford family bequeathed the building to Brighton Corporation, Preston Manor has been a museum and exhibition venue evoking upper-class life during the Edwardian era. A walled garden, designated as being of historic interest, has old flint walls, a ruined wellhouse and a pet graveyard, among other features. The manor house is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain: it has been the subject of ghost tours and television programmes, and a wide range of ghostly sightings have been alleged over a long time period. English Heritage has listed the house at Grade II* for its architectural and historical importance; some other structures in the garden are listed at the lower Grade II.
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  • Not much to look at from the outside and walled garden needs a makeover but, what a wonderful place when you get inside. Full of history and interesting things. Had a great time taking photos. The sta...  more »
  • I was visiting my family, my niece and I was walking thru the park and she said that the victorian manor was suppose to be haunted so we went to it and immediately I felt a strange sensation over my b...  more »
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  • Closed for the Winter. Wonderful place. Lovely gardens. The house is lavishly furnished. 'Resident ghosts' caused a bit of a furore for two female visitors. Our lovely guide was very informative. Apparently, she's a "ghost magnet!". Sounds a bit spooky but no harm done. Well worth a visit.
  • Charming house museum and most enjoyable Father Christmas experience. Particularly liked the (very) old fashioned tea room in the cellars
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