The Manor Barn
Set in 2 acres of beautiful gardens, the Manor Barn has a long and glorious past. Whether you are celebrating with loved ones in the main hall, having drinks in the Cloisters or strolling through the grounds, you’ll be soaking up the rich history of Bexhill Old Town.
The origins of the Manor Barn can be traced back almost 900 years, to the time when the original house was called Bishop’s Palace.
Over the following three centuries, the Manor House was enlarged, restored or rebuilt many times over as it passed through the hands of a number of successive Bishops of Chichester.
In 1535 it was confiscated for the Crown, along with other church lands, by Henry VIII.
In 1570, Queen Elizabeth I gave the Manor of Bexhill to Thomas Sackville. It stayed within the Sackville family for the next few centuries and was substantially reconstructed in the 1700’s to be used as a shooting lodge by the Earls of Dorset.
In 1892 it was again restored and enlarged by Viscount Cantelupe, the 8th Earl De La Warr. Further additions were made in 1910 when the flint Barn was converted into the ballroom that you see today.
In 1963, the Manor House and its estate were purchased by Bexhill Corporation. The Manor House itself was demolished in 1968 and only the ‘ruins’ mow remain.
Set in the delightful and well maintained Manor Gardens, this traditional styled Sussex Long Barn boasts a large function room with adjoining bar, reception area, modern washroom facilities, a fully fitted professional kitchen and the beautiful outdoor cloisters.