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Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker, Sussex

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An Augustinian Priory founded 1229 and dissolved 1536. The Church and some of the buildings were demolished and the remains incorporated into a mansion. It's now in ownership of Sussex Archaeological Society.

It was used as a base for Canadian troops during the winter of 1941-42 while they prepared for the Dieppe Raid. Later it was the East Sussex headquarters of the Auxiliary Territorial Service. It was given to the archaeological society in 1959.

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Boasting England’s longest medieval water-filled moat, Michelham Priory’s "Island of History" reflects its nearly 800 year existence. The house dates back to 1229 when the Priory was founded and was lived in by Augustinian canons until the Dissolution in 1537. After this time, the Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed and the house underwent various transformations including the addition of an extensive Tudor wing.

A visit to the priory will give you:

Details on it's history with the use of exhibits to chart it's inhabitants

Gardens which takes on a variety of styles such as the Cloister Garden with its medieval design, the Physic Garden with medicinal plants, Kitchen Garden, Bog Garden and others and includes an annual Garden Sculpture Trail featuring works of local artists.

The Wilderness Walk and the Moat Walk feature native trees and wild flowers where you can get to also see wildlife, including their resident swans and the moated island.

A working watermill. Earliest documented evidence shows milling taking place since 1434. During the open season milling takes place every afternoon from 2pm until closing and you can buy bags of flour. So you get to see it working and volunteers will take you around the three floors.

A working Forge that occasionally is worked by a blacksmith demonstrating his art.

The Rope Museum celebrating an important feature of the industrial history of nearby Hailsham.

The Elizabethan Great Barn – an agricultural storage barn dating from 1597/1601.

The Iron Age Centre – a replica Iron Age roundhouse and other replica buildings built by east Sussex Archaeology and Museums Project (ESAMP).

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There is a Gift Shop and a self-service restaurant, as well as picnic areas and a play area near the Iron Age Centre for children.

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Location: Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, East Sussex

Grid Reference: TQ5509 Ceremonial County: Sussex

Map Link: StreetMap 

Aerial photo:  Google Aerial Photo

Getting there: In Upper Dicker off the A22. 2 miles west of Hailsham and 8 miles northwest of Eastbourne. Follow Brown tourist signs from the A22 and A27.

Access: Disabled access good for most of the site. Upstairs floors of main house only accessible on foot via stairs, the moated island is accessible over a small bridge, which is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Website: www.sussexpast.co.uk/property/site.php?site_id=15
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Email: adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk  
Address: Michelham Priory & Gardens, Upper Dicker, nr Hailsham, East Sussex
Postcode: BN27 3QS Telephone: 01323 844224

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1st Mar-31st Oct. Opens at 10.30am Closes Mar & Oct 4.30pm; Apr-July & Sept at 5pm; Closed Monday's except Bank Holidays.

August 10.30am-5.30pm 7 days a week.

Charges: Adult £7; Child (5-15) £3.80; Seniors & Students £6; Disabled/carer £3.80 each;
Family (2+2) £18.40

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Notes:  Disabled toilet in the catering complex next to the great barn.




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