Firle Place

Has been described as a Rejected Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameFirle Place
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityEast Sussex
1974 AuthorityEast Sussex
Civil ParishFirle

Firle Place is a country house probably built by Sir John Cage in the early 16th century, however part of it may date to the late 15th century. The present exterior almost wholly dates to the 18th century, as it was remodelled between 1744 and 1754 by Thomas Gage, 1st Viscount Gage and the eastern part of the house was added between 1754 and 1783 by William Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage. (PastScape)

The exterior of this mansion dates almost wholly from the C18. But the western half was built in the early C16, probably by Sir John Gage who was Constable of the Tower in Henry VIII's reign (d 1557). Part may even date from the late C15. Its exterior was then georgianised by the first Viscount Gage between 1744 and 1754. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Suggest castle site rejected by King as C17-C18 house. A reference in the Domesday Book to 'custodes castelli', probably the garrison/wardens of Pevensey, may be the cause of this site being consider that of a castle. There was a medieval house here, the home of the Gage's a family of knightly status. There is nothing to suggest that house was moated but it is not impossible it had some decorative crenellations and some domestic security features.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ473071
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  • Cooper, Nicholas, 1999, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 (Yale University Press) p. 264, 317, 321
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 474 (reject)
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)


  • 1920 Jan, Country Life

Primary Sources

  • 1086, Domesday Book (Phillimore reference: 10,22) online copy