Parham House – welcome to Parham House, Sussex! This country house was built almost 400 years ago. Have a go at exploring this picture of the south side of the house and see what you can find.
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Coppicing – this is one of the oldest forms of forestry. It involves cutting a tree down to a stump and regularly harvesting the new stems that grow; these have a variety of uses from buildings to brooms.
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Elizabeth I's Coat of Arms – Queen Elizabeth I's coat of arms can be found on the wall of Parham's Great Hall. Take a look around this image to find out what the different parts mean.
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Explore Sussex’s Past – free access to the local history materials produced by academics and volunteers for England’s Past for Everyone. Resources include transcribed documents, images, text, and audio files that can be searched by location, theme, building type, time period, people and project.
Parham: an Elizabethan House and its Restoration – a precious archive of drawings, letters and other papers, combined with specially commissioned studies of the roof, decorative plasterwork and panelling have revealed much about changes to the fabric of the house.
Designing for a Purpose – the desire to introduce fashionable features, such as a top-floor long gallery, into country houses demanded new solutions to make them possible. At Parham, the roof over the main range was designed to create an unobstructed attic with sufficient head room, so to be used as one of the most important and most visited rooms in the house. It was decorated in a style similar to that of the hall and great chamber. The original roof is a remarkable survival of Elizabethan carpentry.
From Family Home to Open House – major events in the life of a country house often leave little trace upon the building. The experience of those who have lived through them has to be recovered from diaries, letters, written recollections, and oral testimony. The transitory impact of the Second World War on Parham is recorded in photographs and in the memoirs of Veronica, one of the Pearson children who first knew the house as a family home but who returned during the war and stayed to welcome, with her mother, the first visitors to the house in 1948.
Parham House and Gardens – the EPE Sussex project has been about Parham House, an Elizabethan house much altered over the centuries and restored to something like its original appearance from the 1920s onwards. The house is open to the public.
Last changed on Mon, 21 Dec 2009
Did you know?
Horsham Stone was formed in the Cretaceous Period, over 130 million years ago, from the sediments of rivers flowing across what is now Sussex. It has a rippled pattern which means it splits easily into roofing tiles.