The landscape of Sussex in the Tudor period

Monday 1 July 2019


The Talk

Perhaps the most obvious feature of the early modern Sussex landscape, at least to 21st century eyes, is the proliferation of country houses built – from Stansted and Cowdray in the west to Ashburnham and Brede Place in the east, these great houses certainly made their mark on the landscape. But the aspirations of these gentry can be seen in the landscape as well – the rise of iron and glassworks in the Weald, the changes in use from parkland to sheep pasture, and new buildings in towns such as Chichester, Brighton and Lewes. They exchanged property and changed manorial tenure, built schools and almshouses, and opened up new markets for international trade. These men used the wealth provided by the dissolution of the monasteries and new opportunities at court and in government, to create local power bases where their name was known and their influence could be used for their own benefit. Their renewed interests in their estates paved the way for modernisation of the Sussex landscape and in turn the agricultural and industrial revolutions in the centuries that followed.

The Speaker

Caroline Adams has degrees in history, and landscape and regional history and a PhD from the University of Chichester on Elizabeth I’s visit to West Sussex in 1591. She is a fully qualified and registered archivist, and is a member of the Archives and Records Association. Until July 2014 she was Senior Archivist at West Sussex Record Office, and now is a freelance archivist and historian. She has written and lectured widely on local and family history, and at professional conferences, and has co-authored and edited a number of publications. She is presently researching 16th and 17th century gentry in Sussex.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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