Forthcoming Exhibition

Horsgate House

Contributed by Sue Burgess

The museum will re-open on Saturday, 28th February with a new main display commemorating 150 years since the building of one of Cuckfield’s landmark houses. Horsgate was built in 1865 for banker Richard Bevan, popularly known as “the father of Cuckfield” for his involvement in local life and his generosity with financial support for very many good causes.

We are looking at Horsgate in its heyday as an opulent family home, with special reference to Robert Bevan the artist (2015 also being the 150th anniversary of his birth) and his sister Edith, a prominent Suffragist.  We have arranged loans of some special items and we will display the very interesting 1918 auctioneer's notes and sales details (the only existing record of interior details), photos of its mid-20th century time as a children's nursery and details of  Horsgate’s subsequent conversion in the 1980s to units for the homeless.

Now the house, long since unused and boarded up, faces an uncertain future unless the Building Heroes project, newly operating from the adjoining ex-Court Meadow School, the old kitchen garden and beyond, can secure a lease or purchase of the house itself, as they are hoping to do.

If you are interested in this or any other Cuckfield topics, why not visit us in the museum. Click here to see our opening hours.