Southover Grange exhibit

Southover Grange exhibit

This is one of a selection of my Southover Grange photographs currently on display at Pelham House. I have been documenting the Tudor manor in the centre of Lewes over the past nine months as it undergoes renovations. The owners, East Sussex County Council, use these photographs to promote their work on the building. For years this was the registry office and the site of many local celebrations. After the current refurbishment it will re-open as a wedding venue once again.

The house was built in the 1570s using stones taken from the ruins of the nearby Lewes Priory, destroyed under Cromwell 35 years earlier (see my blog post here). When I took this photo the plaster had been temporarily stripped away to reveal large pieces of Priory limestone, and even sections of circular columns.

A few weeks after this shot was taken, the wall was covered with plaster and paint, hiding once again the building blocks of the house. This is why I like my job. These glimpses of a building’s past are often fleeting. I feel lucky to catch them when I can.

Ancient window

Ancient window

I am back in the saddle again after my summer break. This week’s shot comes from Southover Grange, where I am documenting the renovation of an Elizabethan Manor with a fascinating history, situated in the centre of Lewes. One past incarnation for the building was that of registry office and at the end of this restoration it will rise again as a wonderful wedding venue.

Southover Grange is owned by the East Sussex County Council. They have hired me to document the renovations of this well-loved building, using my photographs to promote the project and keep residents informed about the progress that is being made.

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Southover Grange, Lewes

Southover Grange, Lewes

I am so excited to be able to write about the start of a new project. I will be documenting the renovations of Southover Grange Manor, a magnificent Elizabethan building in the centre of Lewes and around the corner from where I live. This imposing house, built in 1572 of stones pilfered from the ruins of the nearby Lewes Priory, has been closed for years. Planning permission has now been granted to renovate and restore this historic site so that it can be used by the community to celebrate weddings and events.

I got to wander around its many corridors and rooms on my own before the builders moved in. I love the start of a project as I begin to discover the nooks and crannies of a place that I know I will be drawn back to again and again as it evolves over time.

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