Heritage Open Days – 8th to 11th Sept


From 8-11 September 2016, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country,  we have the opportunity to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free! See: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Locally there are many place to visit. In my ward we have two interesting places to see: Ashcombe Toll House & Monk’s House.  Below are some details. Also, there are more place to visit in Lewes. See: https://friendsoflewes.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/hod-2016pdf.pdf

Ashcombe Toll House

This Toll House is the sole survivor of a pair that marked the beginning of the Brighton turnpike. It is on the south side of the A27 and was originally conceived as a store and shelter, the partner-building having accommodation for the turnpike keeper and his family. It was built circa 1820. The road was ‘de-turnpiked’ in about 1870 and the larger Toll House sited on the north side of the road demolished in about 1868. More historical information at http://pastfinders.com/ashcombe_toll_house.htm

Opening Times:

  • Saturday 10 September: 1000-1700
  • Sunday 11 September: 1000-1700

No booking required. More information:  http://www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk/index.php/projects-ashcombe-toll-house/

There is a cycle path from Lewes to Ashcombe Hollow. Also there is a footpath from Kingston down to the building. There is a bus stop next to the Toll House on the A27. Click here for bus times

Organised by Sussex Heritage Trust

Monk’s House

Nestled in the heart of rural Sussex, Monk’s House is a tranquil 17th-century  weatherboarded cottage inhabited by Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard’s death in 1969.

Opening Times:  Saturday 10 September: 1230-1730 (last entry: 1645). No booking required.

Monk’s House, The Street, Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF. Access to Monk’s House is limited as there are steps down into the property with no handrail. The grounds are partly accessible with some steps and uneven paths throughout. The National Trust advise: Please do not use a Sat Nav to find the property.

There is a bus service (No 123) along the Lewes to Newhaven C7 road, with a bus stop in  Rodmell opposite the Abergavenny Arms. Monk’s House is a short walk from the pub. Click here for bus times.

More information:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house


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