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posted 03-09-2002 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
My apologies if this appears twice. But it is some time since I first posted my query.
It regards the p.c. picture I have posted, and information regarding it.
It is near Forest Row, East Sussex. Not a castle, but would be interested to know more. Nothing turned up on the w.w.w.

posted 03-09-2002 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message
well i found a vague picture on http://www.rod-neep.co.uk/acatalog/Archive_CD_Books_House__Home_and_Lifestyle_132.html

on http://there.is/forestrow/about.html i found this little bit history: The first mansion built in the area was the Brambletye in 1631. However, by 1680 the stately home was unfortunately destroyed, and today only the ruins stand to be seen bleakly in a field.

i also found out that a certain horacio smith has written a book called 'ruins of Brambletye'

it is not much, but evere little bit of info helps

posted 03-10-2002 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Cheers ipflo,
i found that picture as well, though it doesn't show much. A plan of the area does show a substantial moat to one side of the ruins.
So the dating of the site must go back much further than the building of the mansion.
It was a query from a friend of mine, which also helps to clear up my own ?

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posted 03-12-2002 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
"The past of Forest Row that is buried in history lies in the story of Brambletye House, of which an impressive fragment remains. The tower that we see, by an old moat filled with the waters of the Medway, is on a farm near the railway, all that is left of the famous estate of Brambletye. It was one of the fine new houses of Elizabeth's England and there lived in it in 1683 Sir James Richards who, while hunting one day in Ashdown Forest, was warned that he was suspected of treason, and that his house was to be searched. He rode to the coast, took a boat to Spain, and came back to Brambletye no more. It is said that the house has never been tenanted since Sir James Richards passed through this gatehouse that day.
It was famous as a fine piece of 17th Century architecture, and comes into history also because Horace Smith wrote "Brambletye House" as one of the first historical romances - a very clever book, said Sir Walter Scott who read it on his way down to London in 1826."

From "The King's England. Sussex" by Arthur Mee, published in 1937.

The railway referred to has long since shut down and gone - although it is marked in outline on the OS map. There is a modern 'Brambletye' marked on the OS map at TQ413365, and the older property marked Brambletye House (remains) with the Moat centred on TQ417353.

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posted 08-30-2005 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
I picked up a couple of old postcards of Brambletye "Castle" at a postcard fair in Canterbury at the weekend. At 20p each, they were a bargain. If you want, I can scan them for you.

posted 08-30-2005 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Nearly three years since I posted that!
Where is the time going?
Okay now I think Andrew, have picked three cards up since.
1. a coloured Valentine's 27686 1911
2. looks the same in B & W Valentines 1905
3. Smithers, Stationer, Forest row.
So the above is produced by the local printer (colour)
The third is from the front, opposite to the other two.
Many many thanx anyway

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posted 08-31-2005 04:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
The two I have are -
1. The Dolphin Series 127971 postmarked 1922. (rear view)
2. Frith's Series No. 57963. (front view)

For more pictures see http://www.garenewing.co.uk/home/collections/brambletye.html

[This message has been edited by AJR (edited 08-31-2005).]

posted 08-31-2005 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Garen     Edit/Delete Message
Hello there - please excuse me arriving at the forum like this, but I noticed this message board as a referrer to my page on Brambletye Castle.

I'm delighted to find others with an interest in the old place, so just wanted to say hello. I am often on the lookout for pictures to add to my collection - I recently had to turn down a very nice watercolour by John Louis Petit - it was a bit beyond my rather limited budget (as is just about everything at the moment, unfortunately!).

I have done a limited amount of research into the castle (more a house, really) and just find it a highly interesting ruin.

Best wishes .

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posted 09-01-2005 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message

My Dolphin Series postcard is similar to your rear view by Valentine, 1906, but the branches of the trees on the right hand side have been severely cut back in my picture. If you would like me to scan a copy for you, I am happy to do so.
They can be found at http://www.castleduncan.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=988

[This message has been edited by AJR (edited 09-01-2005).]

posted 09-01-2005 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Very nice to see all that information and pictures. Many thanx

posted 09-01-2005 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Garen     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you very much for sharing the pictures, Andrew. Lovely, and mysterious as ever!

If you are able to get your hands on Sussex Archaeology Society 72, 1931, there is an excellent extract by Walter H. Godfrey on Brambletye with lots of information, historical and architectural, as well as some plans and drawings.

I am very slowly working on an article to go with my web page on Brambletye, and I'll try and remember to post here when it's up.

All the best -

posted 09-02-2005 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Garen     Edit/Delete Message
Just wanted to say I've updated the Brambletye page (URL in previous message) with a couple more images I have.

Does anyone know Marske Hall in Yorkshire? There are some striking similarities in the architecture.

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