Preston Manor was gifted to Brighton by the last private owners and has been a historic house museum since 1933. Very little has changed at Preston Manor and herein lies its charm. As an example of late Victorian and Edwardian life left in situ the house is unique. Nowhere in the region will you find such a time-capsule of ordinary English-gentry life preserved untouched since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will see servants’ quarters and kitchens, elegant family rooms and perfectly preserved bedrooms. In the grounds is a beautifully restored Edwardian walled flower garden with a unusual pet cemetery. The planting scheme and garden features make a visit enjoyable at any season. Preston Manor has many stories to tell; of life ‘Upstairs and Downstairs,’ of the period around the First World War and further back to the days of Victorian séances, for the family living at Preston Manor believed their home was haunted. This legend continues today and Preston Manor is regarded by some as Brighton’s most haunted house.
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