Seaford College, East Lavington, Sussex

26 May 2012

The day dawned. Wondrously sunny and warm which sadly didn’t materialise into the best ever British summer. Members assembled in front of the grand façade of Seaford College. Which I discovered on the day is nowhere near Seaford! The Headmaster had kindly given up his Saturday morning and we were given access to the College and saw plenty to arouse members’ interest. Photography was allowed and we look forward to the annual Christmas slide show. There were interesting ancillary buildings dating from WW2 as the house had been requisitioned. We were generously given lunch and refreshments in the former ballroom.

Further buildings were explored in the grounds, including Beechwood, the dower house, where there was much speculation about fireplaces and various cupboards with definite Lutyens handles and mouldings. Again, we were generously shown around by the owners and given unlimited access.

The early summer weather persisted throughout the day and we arrived at Great Ballard School. A Lutyens gem which has been little altered externally with echoes of Nashdom. Granted free access members wandered at will. A splendid tea was served by our generous hosts, the owner and the headmaster.

A full and memorable day and precursor to forthcoming events!

Alan Wood