These photographs are from my second shoot at the historic Southover Grange, a magnificent Tudor manor in the centre of Lewes. It is being restored to its former glory, and will soon once again be used as a registry office and for weddings. I have been hired to document the process by the owners, East Sussex County Council, who use my photographs to keep local residents informed of the progress being made.
Now that some of the lathe and plaster has come down, sections of the walls are laid bare, revealing large blocks of stone. These were taken from the ruins of the local Cluniac Priory that was destroyed during the Dissolution. If you look closely, you can see chisel marks that are hundreds of years old.
Also discovered in various nooks and crannies are vestiges of a more recent past: a number of beautiful old cigarette packets, match boxes, and even a tooth paste carton, most of them from around the 1940s. What beautiful packaging.