Our work

For ever, for everyone

A painting of Octavia Hill by John Singer Sargent

National Trust founder Octavia Hill said on saving the house that it should be 'left to tell its story to the days that are to come'. We continue to work to conserve this special place for the days to come.

Sour milk and chalk floor

A glimpse of the sour milk and chalk floor © NT/Holly Jones

A glimpse of the sour milk and chalk floor

We have just had work done on our sour milk and chalk floor, one of the special highlights in the house. The floor, which is in the hall, is a traditional Sussex feature. The floor has been treated with biocide to remove the green discolouration and holes that were caused by wear and tear have been filled.

Judas tree

The Judas tree at Alfriston Clergy House when it was in its prime. © NT/Ron McLaren

The Judas tree at Alfriston Clergy House when it was in its prime.

Our Judas tree has reached the end of its life span and shortly needs to be replaced. A Judas tree has always stood in the garden and we're hoping to replace the tree with a direct descendant. After previous unsuccessful attempts to propagate we will try again this year and hope it will work.

We've raised the roof

The thatcher hard at work © NT/Pete Keefe

The thatcher hard at work

We've raised the roof

The work in progress © NT/Pete Keefe

The work in progress

We've raised the roof

Taking care to make sure it was done correctly © NT/Pete Keefe

Taking care to make sure it was done correctly

We've raised the roof

The east end roof that needed re-thatching. © NT/Pete Keefe

The east end roof that needed re-thatching.

We've raised the roof

Thatcher Roger Evans up on the roof  © NT/Pete Keefe

Thatcher Roger Evans up on the roof

A job well done

Our new roof

Thanks to donations from National Trust associations, members and volunteers, our east hip re-thatch was completed. Thatcher Roger Evans worked through the winter weather to get the job done ready for opening.

Alfriston staff and volunteers day out to Ham House © National Trust

Alfriston staff and volunteers day out to Ham House

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