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Perching Manor House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Portingeres; Perting; Perthyng; Perchyng; Percinges

In the civil parish of Fulking.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of West Sussex.
1974 county of West Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Lewes).

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ24101157
Latitude 50.88966° Longitude -0.23639°

Perching Manor House has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.


About 300 yards west of the village is Perching Manor House. A large farm adjoins the house, which is not very old, but the kitchen fire-place has a chamfered four-centred chimney-beam from an earlier structure. The medieval manor-house or castle of Perching stood some 300 yards west of the existing farm-house, and its site is marked by a large square mound, with traces of a moat faintly visible. The castle stood in the middle of the large field adjoining the road, which is diverted on its way from Fulking to avoid the southeast angle of the moat. The hedge on the north side of the field is similarly diverted, and marks the northern limit of the site. The two diversions show the eastern limit of the moat, which cannot otherwise be detected. The western moat, however, has not been completely filled in, and may be clearly seen as a wide shallow depression crossing the field. In dry weather the view of the site from Edburton Hill gives a perfect impression of its formation, the moats themselves being of a darker green than the surrounding field, and the upcast which formed the ramparts turning the grass to brown. There are indications of there having been a counterscarp bank to the western moat. No masonry now remains above ground, but ruins are said to have been visible within the memory of a generation ago. (VCH Vol. 7)

The site lies upon the E slopes of a ridge and is under the plough. The mound described above cannot now be recognised but the W arm of a moat, which, by reason of the slope of the ground must have been dry, runs from TQ 24061140 to TQ 24071154 and is over 26.0m in width and less than 1.0m in depth, having been much reduced and spread by the plough (Field Investigators Comments–F1 ASP 13-JUN-72). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1264 Feb 22 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1264 March 16.
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1268 Feb 8.
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1329 Jan 25.


The repeated licences to crenellate for this relatively modest moated manor house are of interest but probably represent court intrigue and politics rather than building intent although the building work probably started in 1264 could certainly have continued on to 1268 and some refurbishment in 1329 is entirely possible.
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