Listed Buildings: Easebourne
***This page is under construction ***
We have decided to create a page of listed buildings in Easebourne, similar to that for Midhurst. Phil Stringer very kindly offered to create the files in order for us to upload them. He is able to draw on some wonderful black & white photographs of buildings taken by John Harrison, when he and John Stringer (Phil's father) mounted an exhibition in the 1990s.
It will take shape over the coming months, and we hope that people will share their own memories, anecdotes and back-stories of these amazing old buildings.
Phil intends creating individual downloadable PDFs of each street, or part of each street, along the following lines:
Easebourne Lane - 7 listings PDF available here
Petworth Road - 9 listings PDF available here
Cowdray Park - 10 listings PDF available here
Easebourne Street(Lower North) -11 listings PDF available here (divide between upper and lower is Wick Lane)
Easebourne Street (Lower South) - 7 listings PDF available here
Easebourne Street (Upper North) - 7 listings PDF available here
Easebourne Street (Upper South) - 7 listings PDF available here
South Ambersham and Selham Road - 5 listings PDF available here
Easebourne (West) - 8 listings PDF available here
Henley - 8 listings PDF available here
Higher Easebourne - 7 listings PDF available here
This might change as we get into the project.
As we build up the stories we hope that this will become a valuable resource for anyone interested in the ancient parish of Easebourne.
More can be read on the Parish website http://easebourne.org/parish-history/
The pdf pages above, when they become populated, will contain a variety of information on some of the buildings in Easebourne. As well as details of the building, other content may include photographs, possibly a story or anecdote, perhaps some information about who once lived there, or maybe a newspaper extract.
The one thing the buildings have in common, is that they are categorised as having special architectural and historic interest. Commonly referred to as “listed” buildings, they are afforded protection under the planning system for future generations to enjoy.
Although the history of having an inventory of ancient and historical monuments can be traced back to the early 1900’s, it was the Town and Country Planning Acts after the second world war that local authorities were required to develop policies and proposals for the development of land. Simultaneously, powers were given to them to preserve buildings of architectural and historical interest. It was this power that created what we know today as the listed building process.
Remarkably within the parish there are examples in all the current listing categories plus a Scheduled Monument and a Parks and Gardens of Special Historic interest listing.
Grade II - Most listings are in this category. It means the buildings are of “special interest”. This listing grade includes cottages, houses and farmhouses, barns, public houses, and a former workhouse.
Grade II* - A handful of Easebourne’s buildings are in this category, which means they are deemed “particularly important” and “of more than special interest”. The Old Vicarage and the chapel at the King Edward VII estate are examples.
Grade I - A similar number are in this category which are of “exceptional interest”. The Parish Church of St Mary and the Refectory are examples.
Scheduled Monuments - Easebourne has one in this category which is the “fortified medieval house and part of its landscaped gardens” i.e. what are known as the Cowdray ruins. A Scheduled monument has national significance, and this classification is reserved for specially selected sites.
Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest – Cowdray House Park and Garden is listed on this Register, the main purpose of this Register is to celebrate designed landscapes of note, and to encourage appropriate protection.
(Our thanks to Chris Deadman, who researched and then prepared this helpful summary.)