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Historic Houses and The National Trust

Posted 20 August 2011 by Andrew Gardner

I wrote in my previous blog about the expected impact the Olympic Games will have next year and in particular the number of visitors we hope we will welcome from the United States and from elsewhere overseas.

The buzz, competition and sheer atmosphere that will surround the Olympics will bring a vibrance to London that visitors will relish. In addition many will also want to combine and contrast the excitement of having a UK vacation at this great time with experiencing the history we have to offer.

In this blog I wanted to touch on the National Trust properties in south east England and in particular Sussex. Nationally the Trust protects and opens to the public over 350 houses, gardens and ancient monuments preserving them for current and future generations. The National Trust itself dates back to 1895 and its first acquisition was here in Sussex the following year when it acquired the Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex for the princely sum of £10.00. It is a rare 14th-century Wealden 'hall house' with a chalk and sour milk floor. Although not large it is a fascination to many and represents the first introduction to the period houses we are able to visit and enjoy.

In addition to the Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex, there is Batemans, a magnificent 17th-century Jacobean house that was home to Rudyard Kipling in the early 20th-century. Cross into West Sussex and there are a further five great historic houses with gardens, that includes Uppark House an elegant Georgian home, a gem uniquely set on top of the South Downs.

If you are reading this blog from overseas take a look at our 2012 Olympic page it will help with your travel plans. Good reason to base your vacaton in Sussex.


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