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Field Place

  • Built / Designed For: Richard Felde

    House & Family History: The stone core of Field Place (today the kitchen) is probably 14th century. A late 17th century addition created a fourth side and closed in the three sides of the 15th century section to form a courtyard. In 1931 a matching bay, incorporating a shell-hood door from Ipswich, was added on the north side. Field Place was the birthplace of Shelley in 1792; it's virtually certain that the famous writer's fantasies were conceived here. The Shelleys had been landowners in Sussex for generations; Shelley's grandfather, Sir Bysshe Shelley, was the builder of Goring Castle in Sussex.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens contain early 18th century gates removed from a house in Chiswick Mall, London.

  • Architect: Robert Wemyss Symonds

    Date: 1931
    Designed: North Bay

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  • Title: Destruction of the Country House, The
    Author: Strong, Roy; Binney, Marcus; Harris, John
    Year Published: 1974
    Reference: pg. 13
    Publisher: London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
    ISBN: 0500270052X
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pg. 221
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat of: Richard Felde, 14th century. Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Bt., 18th century. G.N. Charrington, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No