The House from a 1916 postcard
Percy Bysshe Shelley from an 1870s cabinet card
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.
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.
Book Type: Softback
Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
Year Published: 1973
Reference: pg. 221
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
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