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This timber framed Wealden Hall house dates  from around 1410, and was altered and extended in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and restored in the 20th century. The house, which is reputed to be haunted,  was built in the early 1400’s and there is a similar one at the Weald and Downland Living Museum near to Chichester. The name Eyhorne refers to the Hundred of Eyhorne which was one of the ancient divisions of Kent. It is Grade I listed and is recognised as one of the historic buildings of Kent with a red diamond shaped plaque at the front.

Timber framed, with rendered infilling; underbuilt jetty to the right bay; arch-braces to flying wall plates. Casement windows with small leaded panes; and a steeply pitched hipped tiled roof. To the south is an L shaped wing in red brick with grey headers.

The role of the house in the conservation area is especially important. it closes down the southern edge of the ‘entry vestibule’ area, where it stands on the top of the high ground, giving a character of historical quality to the environment.

Mrs Jill Johnson moved into Eyhorne Manor in Eyhorne Street in September 2016,  following the Simmons family who purchased the house in 1952. Mr Simmons was the Woodwork Master at Sutton Valence School and over the next thirty years converted the property from a number of cottages into the present house, a 7 bedroom 3128 sq.ft. house retaining a rare smoke loft. The house and gardens were open to the public up to the mid 1980’s when Mrs Sheila Simmons died and Mr Simmons moved to Cheltenham. Since then the house has had three owners plus the Channel Tunnel Rail Link who compulsorily purchased the house in 1989.