Most of Great Ote Hall probably dates from the late sixteenth century. The majority of the building work was done by the Godman family, and the oriel window above the former entrance has the initials GTM and the date 1600 – Thomas and Mary Godman. A service wing was added in 1883 and a corridor and porch on the south front, but most of the building is of that earlier date, as is the interior. The owners include members of the Shirley family who served as the governors of islands in the West Indies. We will explore the site and the story of the ownership which embraces several well-known Sussex ‘gentry’ families.
Our visit starts with coffee and biscuits before viewing the hall in small groups.