Cheesmur are delighted to be working with East Sussex County Council on the refurbishment of Southover Grange in Lewes. The original house was built as a private house for William Newton, Steward to the Earl of Dorset, and has undergone numerous internal alterations over the years. Constructed in 1572 The Grange is a Grade 2* listed building and ESCC has identified Southover Grange as a suitable location to offer improved wedding and registry services. Cheesmur will be carrying out these important works, which will include working closely with the Client Team and local Conservation Officer to bring back into use the three grand rooms and central hall as wedding function rooms. In addition to the improvement of the wedding facilities generally, the project will deliver new kitchen, WCs and services installations and improved finishes and decorations, as well as better public access to the building, with a new lift and stairs to the upper levels.
Local photographer Carlotta Luke will be documenting this impressive Tudor house as it undergoes this extensive restoration process that will re-establish Southover Grange as the County Council registry office and create a range of ceremonial and community spaces.