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Anne of Cleves House, Ringmer

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Anne of Cleves' House is a 16th-century timber-framed Wealden hall house located in East Sussex, England. It formed part of Queen Anne's annulment settlement from King Henry VIII in 1541, although she never visited the property. It was restored by the architect Walter Godfrey.

Owned and operated as a museum by the Sussex Archaeological Society under the operating name "Sussex Past", it is home to wide-ranging collections of furniture and artefacts of Sussex interest. These include one of the best exhibitions on wealden iron making including large machinery such as a hammer from Etchingham Forge and cannon boring apparatus together with a collection of iron fire backs. The bedroom and kitchen are furnished to resemble their appearance at the time of Cleves's ownership. The house is open to the public and plays host to functions throughout the year, including parties, weddings and small informal concerts.
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  • The staff were so enthusiastic that my children were engrossed in the history of this very well-preserved house. It brought history to life and the location is the very attractive town of Lewes.  more »
  • Interesting building with period furniture. Bit like a rabbit warren inside. Look out for the delightful painting in the kitchen, adds a touch of colour.  more »
  • If you love the Tudors, this is a great way to peek back in time. It's not too big a place or too small, just right, I think. The staff are very helpful, friendly and informative. Amazing detail in all rooms, from a story about a poor young girl, a silver teaspoon and a rat ( you're curious now, eh) to how the kitchen worked. I love finding out how sayings and phrases came about. I know how the saying, "Not worth their salt" came about now. Very cool. So, I highly recommend this great house. Honestly, if your kids are not into history, don't take them as they will be bored, but, historians will love it.
  • Was very disappointed with some of the building and whole garden being closed for a wedding. Came from New Zealand. Would have been good to have a note on their website. I did enjoy what I could see.
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