Nymans needs you

Over the coming years we hope to raise £100,000 to undertake further repairs and create a new garden in the ruined Great Hall. But we need your help to do it.

The ruins in autumn

Romantic ruins

On a freezing night in February 1947, the house at Nymans was damaged in a catastrophic fire. A priceless horticultural library was lost forever and the Messel family were forced to move from their family home, leaving behind a partially burnt out shell.

Nymans Library before the fire
Nymans Library before the fire
Nymans Library before the fire

A garden in the ruins

We now plan to open the ruined Great Hall to visitors, creating a garden within the ruins which will have stunning views across the extensive gardens towards the Weald in one direction and the South Downs in the other. Working with community partners, we plan to be a little experimental in our design of the new garden, just as the Messels would have been over 100 years ago.

Inside the ruined Great Hall on Open Day 2017
Inside the ruined Great Hall on Open Day 2017
Inside the ruined Great Hall on Open Day 2017

Save the ruins

In 2017 we raised £28,784 to help with the first stages of opening the ruins to visitors. We still need to raise over £100,000 to undertake further repairs to the ruin to make this project possible. The Great Hall was originally a focal point of the house with a ceiling painted by theatre designer Oliver Messel. Over the next few years the garden in the ruins will become the visitor entrance to the house itself, linking the gardens to the Messel family home.  

The ruins at Nymans
The ruins at Nymans
The ruins at Nymans

Donate to Nymans needs you

Please select an amount

£10 could purchase a plant for the garden that helps us recreate a sense of the grandeur of the Great Hall
£20 will help us conserve one of the stone gothic style windows
£50 could go towards conserving 1 square foot of the original plaster that is still on the walls in the Great Hall
Or enter your own amount

Why give to the National Trust

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the historic buildings in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful homes and stunning gardens. They also ensure that future generations have places where they can be inspired by stories of the past, enjoy peace and time to reflect, and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work on our buildings at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

Donate now to the Nymans ruins appeal