Parham House

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameParham House
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityWest Sussex
1974 AuthorityWest Sussex
Civil ParishParham

This is one of the finest houses in Sussex. There was a fortified house here in the Middle Ages, and some parts of this are incorporated in the east wing of the present building. (Listed Building Report)

Outstanding Elizabethan country house, maintained in excellent condition (PastScape).

Gatehouse Comments

The tenurial history is complex but the Elizabethan house was part of an estate obtain from Abbey of Westminster after the Reformation suggesting the earlier house was sub-tenanted. There does seem to be an earlier medieval house here but its form is uncertain. It is unclear by whom, and on what evidence, the suggestion that the earlier house was fortified was made.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceTQ060142
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  • Elwes, Dudley George Cary, 1876, A history of the Castles, Mansions, and Manors of Western Sussex (London: Longmans) p. 164-6 online copy


  • 1935, The Archaeological Journal Vol. 92 p. 409 (slight) online copy
  • 1902 April 19, Country Life
  • Cooper, W.D., 1873, 'Parham' Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. 25 p. 1-22 online copy