Plumpton Place

Plumpton Place is a Grade II* listed Elizabethan manor house in Plumpton, East Sussex, England.[1]

Plumpton Place
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TypeManor house
Coordinates50°54′16″N 0°04′00″W / 50.9044°N 0.0666°W / 50.9044; -0.0666Coordinates: 50°54′16″N 0°04′00″W / 50.9044°N 0.0666°W / 50.9044; -0.0666
OS grid referenceTQ 36045 13453
AreaEast Sussex
Architectural style(s)Elizabethan
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official namePlumpton Place
Designated17 March 1952
Reference no.1274171
Plumpton Place is located in East Sussex
Plumpton Place
Location of Plumpton Place in East Sussex


Plumpton Place looks onto the nearby north-facing escarpment of the South Downs, with Plumpton College (formerly Plumpton Agricultural College) and the 11th-century church of St Michael's and All Angels immediately adjacent to the west and Plumpton village some 500m to the east. There is an entrance formed of two cottages designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with a Palladian porch and this leads to his modern bridge over the moat.

It was built in 1568 on the site of an earlier house which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The North and South parts of the house date from the 1400s, some of which incorporates local flint.

Various building materials have been used in the construction of the house. It is believed that the north wing is the earliest, as there is a date-stone of 1568 with the initials I.M. The west wing seems to date from a later period, circa 1600. Over a hundred years later there was a period of rebuilding in brick and some additions by Lutyens. There are lakeside gardens by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, within large grounds, that include both woodland and pasture.

Past ownersEdit

Plumpton Place was formerly the home of George Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton (1899–1968), who maintained a race-horse stud there.

In 1927, it was purchased by Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life magazine. Hudson initiated a major restoration of the property, which had gone into a state of disrepair, by hiring Lutyens to revamp the main house and mill house, and Jekyll to oversee the 60 acres of land and lakes.[2]

In 1969, a doctor bought the property after the previous owner – a woman with a distaste for longhaired rock stars – refused to sell it to George Harrison of the Beatles and his wife Pattie Boyd. Three years later, however, the same doctor sold it to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.[2] The latter owned the property from 1972 to 1985.[3]

Plumpton Place was used as the main location for the 2019 film adaptation of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Plumpton Place (1274171)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Salewicz, Chris (2018). Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography. London: HarperCollins. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-00-814931-4.
  3. ^ Smith, Emma (2 August 2009). "£60m floats Tom Perkins' 289ft boat". London: -Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 August 2009.