West Horsley Place is a Grade I listed mediaeval manor house and estate of great beauty and historic significance. The manor house dates from 1425, though there has been a building on the site since Saxon times. The house is currently on Historic England’s At Risk Register and along with the outbuildings is in a very bad state of repair.
The Mary Roxburghe Trust’s mission is to restore the house, gardens, 380 acre estate and 8 Grade II listed outbuildings, as well as creating here a vibrant centre for the performing and visual arts and the teaching of crafts. After 1000 years of private ownership West Horsley Place will be reborn as a place for everyone to enjoy, whether as an opera guest, visitor to the house or garden or as a student learning a new craft. There is a great history to be discovered, and a new role for this grand old house to play in its community.
Spring Update from Director, Peter Pearce West Horsley Place is full of activity as Martin Smith and his team of craftsmen press on with the programme to instal new services though the house. The rooms are full of men lifting slabs and peering into corners, trying to find the best ways to thread new pipes […]
The Mary Roxburghe Trust is delighted to announce that West Horsley Place will host the Craft in Focus Christmas Contemporary Craft and Design Fair on 27thNovember – 1 st December 2019. This annual event will complement West Horsley Place’s new life as a vibrant centre for the teaching of arts and crafts. The Christmas Craft […]
West Horsley Place has many amazing stories connecting it to major events in English history; one of the most exciting is its connection to the Gunpowder Plot. The below account is by Pam Bowley, respected local historian and author of a book on the history of West Horsley Place. At the age of about 19 […]
One of the excitements about old houses is unexpected discoveries. When, while emptying rooms in preparation for repairs at West Horsley Place, an old and rather pretty decorated red silk velvet bag emerged, we initially thought little of it; but sometimes objects open a realm of possibilities and a glimpse deep into history. Could this […]
October 29th marks the 400th anniversary of the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh. Last night at St. Mary’s, Horsley a gathering was held to celebrate the life and poetry of the great man. West Horsley Place had always played a part in the postscript of Raleigh’s story; as the residence of his son Carew and […]
The Mary Roxburghe Trust is delighted to announce news of a £50,000 grant from the Country Houses Foundation. The grant has been made towards the restoration of the Grade II listed Stable Block and Clocktower, dating from the 18thcentury and now in urgent need of repair. Once restored, the Stable Block will be open to […]