Great Dixter

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NameGreat Dixter
Alternative NamesDixthern; Dicksterve
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityEast Sussex
1974 AuthorityEast Sussex
Civil ParishNorthiam

(TQ 81952510) The half-timbered old Manor House at Dixter was built about the third quarter of the 15th C. (Nairn and Pevsner 1965) It was evidently preceded by an earlier house surrounded by a moat, parts of which still remained in 1909..(Ray 1909).

In 1910 it was restored and had another complete timber framed house (from Benenden, Kent) built on to the rear (Nairn and Pevsner 1965).

Great Dixter is an outstanding example of a 15th C timber-framed house with fine hall open to the roof. There is no trace of the earlier house, but a depression to the rear of the present house could indicate the course of the former moat (F1 PAS 10-OCT-72). (PastScape)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ819251
Latitude50.9966316223145
Longitude0.591759979724884
Eastings581950
Northings125100
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Books

  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 340-1, 440
  • Martin, D and Martin, B., 1987, Dated Houses in Eastern Sussex 1400-1750 p. 18-22
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 475 (possible)
  • Nairn, Ian and Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1965, Buildings of England: Sussex (Harmondsworth) p. 575-6
  • Salzman, L.F. (ed), 1937, VCH Sussex Vol. 9 p. 270-1
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 422 online copy

Journals

  • Weaver, L., 1913 Jan, Country Life
  • Ray, John E, 1909, ' Dixter, Northiam. A Fifteenth Century Timber Manor House' Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 52 p. 132-155
  • Blaauw, William Henry, 1861, ' Royal Licenses to Fortify Towns and Houses in Sussex' Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 13 p. 104-117 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1901, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III (1476-85) p. 162 online copy