Nearby Gravetye Manor was built for the Infield family in 1598 and paid for with money from the local iron industry. The fantastic gardens are a more recent addition and were laid out by William Robinson, a former gardening correspondent of The Times, after he bough the house in 1884. Gravetye Manor is now one of the best hotels in West Sussex.
Another reason for a trip to West Hoathly is the Priest House. It is thought the Priest House was built in the 15th century by monks from Lewes Priory before it became a private house. It is now a good museum which is owned by the Sussex Archaeological Society.
The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place is close to West Hoathly, a mile or so to the south west.
WEST HOATHLY INFORMATION
West Hoathly church was built in 1090 and has been expanding every since. One of the features of the church is the rhyme carved on one of the church bells which says Here I am set on high, by the folks of West Hoathly.
Another feature of the church is the modern memorial to local woman Anne Tree, unlucky enough to burned at the stake in 1556 for her Protestant beliefs - a depressing reminder that for most of human history organised religion has been more or less totally intolerant of dissenters and rival religions.
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- Burgess Hill
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