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Recent Projects and Grants

Recent projects

The Restored Music Room Window

The new Music Room window


Recent projects completed, which have been made possible through the generous support from charitable trusts and foundations, and with the help of the Friends of St. Mary's, include:

2003 - The replacement of the Music Room window, which was rotting away and in danger of falling out. Donations via the Friends of St. Mary's and private individuals in response to the Music Room Window appeal resulted in about 30,000 being raised to cover the cost of the new window.

2003 - The Music Room was re-roofed, thanks to a grant of 15,000 from Viridor Credits.

2004 - Victorian Garden: the parterre garden has been planted with box hedging, and the former circular orchard with a ring of yew trees, thanks to grants from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and the John Spedan Lewis Foundation.

2005 -  The wooden guttering and downpipes have been replaced in traditional style elm, thus ensuring the fabric of the house is watertight. This was enabled by a grant of 10,000 from Viridor Credits and other smaller grants (see below)

2005 - Victorian Garden: A semi-circular pergola has been erected in the former circular orchard for screening purposes.

2006 - Stove house and pineapple pits in the Victorian Garden - phase 1 of the restoration has been completed, thanks to grants from the CGA Charitable Trust and The Sussex Gardens Trust.

2007 - a complete restoration/repair of all the leaded lights was completed, including refurbishment of two stained glass panels, with a grant from Viridor Credits.

2008 - Installation of new bookshelves (housing a complete set of Punch) in the Music Room, with a grant from the Friends of St Mary's.

2009 -Repair of chimney, due to brickwork crumbling and chimney leaning, thanks to a grant from Viridor Credits

2010 - Conversion of ground floor of Orchard Lodge to accommodate new tea room, relocated gift shop, and toilets (including one for disabled), with a donation from the Friends of St Mary's

The former circular orchard under restoration

Funds are, of course, always required simply to maintain the fabric of the house, and in addition to help in the restoration programme for the Victorian 'Secret' Garden and many other projects.

Recent grants

We gratefully acknowledge donations from the following to help with the ongoing restoration of St. Mary's House & Gardens:


The Alun Evans Memorial Trust - toward general repairs to St. Mary's House and the restoration of the Victorian garden (two grants)


The Country Gentleman's Association - for repointing of the pineapple pits


The Garfield Weston Foundation - towards the replacement of the wooden gutters


The Idlewild Trust - towards the replacement of the wooden gutters


The John Spedan Lewis Foundation - towards the restoration of the circular orchard


Mercers' Charitable Foundation - towards repairs to St. Mary's House


The Mitford Foulerton Charitable Trust - replacement of dormer window on the gallery


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust - towards the restoration of the Victorian Walled Garden


Sussex Gardens Trust - towards the restoration of the stove house in the Victorian Walled Garden


Viridor Credits Ltd - towards the new Music Room roof, the replacement of the wooden gutters and downpipes, the repair/restoration of leaded lights and stained glass windows, and the repair of the main chimney.


The Waynflete Heritage Trust - general repairs to St. Mary's House

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St. Mary's House, Bramber, West Sussex  UK  BN44 3WE    tel. 01903 816205    last updated 26/11/2015