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Michelham Priory

Priory by Barbara Ballard Michelham Priory, on a medieval moated island at the head of the Cuckmere valley, was an Augustinian priory in the 13th century. After the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century it became a farmhouse.

The tower by Barbara Ballard Visitors still enter through a 14th century gatehouse, bridging a moat. The moat is home to a number of waterfowl. The flow of water is used to power a working watermill that grinds flour in the traditional way.

Prior's room by Rob Farrow courtesy Undercroft  by Rob Farrow courtesy On view in the priory buildings are a Victorian kitchen, Tudor kitchen, prior’s room, and undercroft. Also in the interior are tapestries and furniture. The Tudor wing of the house has permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Priory entrance by Barbara Ballard An Elizabethan barn, a blacksmith and wheelwright’s shop, and a rope museum are further attractions.

The gardens include rose gardens, evergreen borders, herbaceous flowers, and specimen trees. A physic garden is planted with herbs used for medicine in medieval times.

There’s a children’s play area, gift shop, and cafe. Special events are held during the year.

Visitor Information
Michelham Priory
Upper Dicker, two miles west of Hailsham, East Sussex
South-east Counties
Tel. 0 1323 844 224
Open: mid Feb-end Feb, 11am-4pm; March-end Oct, daily, 10.30am-5pm; Nov-mid Dec, 11am-4pm
Sussex Archaeological Society member; Historic Houses Association member; shop; restaurant

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