Current Exhibition

Horsgate House

Contributed by Sue Burgess

Our new main display commemorates 150 years since the building of one of Cuckfield's landmark houses. Horsgate was built in Gothic syle in 1865 for banker Richard Bevan, who was popularly known as "the father of Cuckfield" for his involvement in local life and his generosity with financial support for very many good causes.

The house has been been an opulent family home, a WWII billet for Canadian troops, and for twenty years a children’s nursery, before being converted into council-owned flats and bedsits in the 1980s.

Although it is now several years since the last residents left, the house still stands empty and boarded up against vandalism. The once beautiful parkland is now rough grazing for horses but the expansive view to the South Downs is largely unchanged and a reminder of why Richard Bevan chose this site 150 years ago.

Little evidence remains of its former glory but, despite currently facing a very uncertain future, it is still a handsome house with some interesting architectural details which we have recorded in our file. Its salvation may lie with the Building Heroes enterprise,  (www.buildingheroes.org.uk) which operates from the adjoining ex-Court Meadow School (once Horsgate land) and who are hoping to acquire the house in order to renovate it for residential accommodation.

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.

 

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