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Glynde Place
Grid reference: TQ456089
Location: 50°51’42"N, 0°4’4"E
Post town: Lewes
Postcode: BN8
Dialling code: 01273
Local Government
Council: Lewes
Website: Glynde Parish Council

Glynde is a village in Sussex, two miles east of Lewes.


The estate at Glynde has belonged to four interlinked families: the Waleys ("from Wales"), Morleys, Trevors, and Brands. The Trevors were originally from north Wales, and descended from Tudor Trevor, a chieftain who in 915 married the daughter of Hywel the Good of Gwynedd and all Wales.[1]

The Glynde manor was not named in the Domesday Book, but it is probably the unnamed peculier of the Archbishop of Canterbury held by one Godfrey of Malling, who also held the manor of South Malling. By the late 12th century, Richard Waleys held four knight fees of the Archbishop, including Glynde.[1]

The Waleys added further estates near Mayfield, which in the 16th century became the centre of the Wealden ironmaking industry and a major source of wealth. William Morley (1531–97) added the manors of Combe and Beddingham, on the other side of Glynde Reach. Harbert Morley (1616–67) added the manor of Preston Beckhelwyn. These remain part of the Glynde Estate.[1]

Glynde Place

Glynde Place (1569) was erected by William Morley (1531–1597). The house was built of Sussex flint and stone from Caen. It was square, with an inner courtyard.[1]

The house was considerably altered by Richard Trevor (1707–1771), Bishop of Durham, who turned it back to front, so that the house looked east. He added an imposing coach house and stable block to the south. On the walls of knapped flint he erected two wyverns, the heraldic dragons of the Trevors. In addition, he created a new front hall, embellished the gallery panelling, installed a marble fireplace, and added a set of bronzes.[1]


Glynde parish church

The rectory of Glynde was held by the Abbots of Bec]] in Normandy from the Norman Conquest until Agincourt (1415). Henry V's brother, the Duke of Bedford, confiscated it and transferred it to the Dean and Chapter of Windsor (1421). They remain patrons to the living to this day.[1]

The present parish church of St Mary the Virgin, built by Richard Trevor to a design by Sir Thomas Robinson, was dedicated in 1765.[2] The old parish church which it replaced appears to have been similar to many churches in the district, having nave, north aisle, and chancel, with south porch.[3]

The new church, in Palladian style, was faced in Sussex flints and lightened with windows of coloured lozenges of Flemish glass; these were taken out in the 19th century, but some of the glass remains in windows in Glynde Place.[1]

The war memorial, with the names of seventeen men of Glynde who fell in the two world wars, is of Portland stone and stands at the bottom of the churchyard, close to the road.[1]

Glynde was once on the turnpike between Lewes and Eastbourne, constituted by the Glynde Bridge Turnpike Act. It was not a financial success and in 1817, with its act due to expire in 1821 and the works incomplete, a new turnpike was sponsored to cut across the marshes of Beddingham. This cut seven miles from the journey from Lewes to Eastbourne. The new road is now the A27.

Glynde railway station

Glynde railway station is on the East Coastway Line east of Lewes and west of Berwick station. The railway arrived in 1846.

Economy and tourism


Glynde has an unusually large number of businesses for a small village. In addition to the usual village shop, there is a staircase manufacturer in the old steam mill and a weighing equipment manufacturer in the old granary.

Glynde has several tourist attractions. Many tourists are people walking on the South Downs; Glynde sits on the flank of Mount Caburn. The Elizabethan manor house, Glynde Place, is open to the public. Other facilities for visitors include a teashop, a forge, and a paragliding and hang-gliding centre. North of the village is Glyndebourne, where the fasmed opera festival is held.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Glynde)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Hampden, Anthony (1997) A glimpse of Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex: The Book Guild Ltd. ISBN 1-85776-188-X
  2. William de St Croix (1868). "Parochial History of Glynde". Sussex Archaeological Collections 20: 78. doi:10.5284/1085333. 
  3. William de St Croix (1868). "Parochial History of Glynde". Sussex Archaeological Collections 20: 47–90. doi:10.5284/1085333.