Stone's House, a grade II Iisted building, dates from 1767 by Robert Stone and rumoured that it once had an underground passage to the Church. Robert Stone, seven times Bailiff of Seaford allegedly built the house in anticipation of his marriage to Elizabeth Farncombe whose father opposed Robert Stone’s election to Bailiff in 1762. The modern building next door is Seaford House. – There have been three buildings of this name on the same site. Tennyson is said to have written his Ode to the Duke of Wellington here. Canning, Seaford MP and Prime Minister stayed here too.
Stone's House and the second Seaford House
The first Seaford House and Stone's House in viewed from Steyne Road.
Old Seaford House belonged to Lord Howard de Walden, Baron Seaford. Alfred Lord Tennyson was said to have written the funeral ode to the Duke of Wellington whilst staying there. The house was rebuilt in 1860, only to be demolished to make way for a modern block of flats.This is part of a drawing by HH Evans entitled Old Seaford House and the Crouch. Harry Harison Evans (1849 - 1926) spent the greater part of his life producing detailed drawings of Seaford. The Museum holds has a large collection currently on display and has also produced "A Seaford Sketchbook" SB Publications 2001 of Evans' drawings.
An early photograph of the Seaford House and Stone's House with East Street beyond.
The ph0tograph and drawing above show the old cannon set in the wall at the bottom of Crouch Lane which is believed to have been the "time" cannon from Hurdis House. It is still there today.
Leave Crouch Lane here turning left and walk over to the flint wall at the junction with East Street - The Crouch Gardens