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A beautiful cottage garden


Alfriston Clergy House garden circa 1920

The present garden was largely laid out by our first tenant, Sir Robert Witt. In the 1920s he was responsible for segmenting it into small, individual ‘rooms’ and for terracing down to the river. 

Box tree garden

The Box tree garden at Alfriston Clergy House

Our box tree garden is a medieval-style square garden bounded by Yew hedges and divided by paths. At the centre is a sundial commissioned to mark our centenary, sitting on a balustrade from the old London Waterloo Bridge.


Apple blossom in the orchard at Alfriston Clergy House

After losing most of the trees in the 1987 hurricane, we replanted the orchard with rare varieties of apples such as Lady Sudeley, Crawley beauty,  Monarch and the local Alfriston apple.

Rose beds

Rose garden at Alfriston Clergy House

The roses in the boarders have been chosen for their perfume and are a mix of albas, gallicas, bourbons, rugosas and hybrid musks. They are underplanted with campanulas and other cottage favourites.

Herb garden

Herb garden at Alfriston Clergy House

This garden contains mostly flowering herbs used in medieval times for medicinal purposes. You will find Bugle which was used for throat infections and the root of  Bistort was used to stop blood flow.

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden at Alfriston Clergy House

Divided into eight raised beds retained with railway sleepers, a variety of  vegetables are grown throughout the year and include potatoes, runner beans, sweetcorn, rocket, courgettes, and leeks.