Mrs Jill Johnson who moved into Eyhorne Manor in Eyhorne Street in September 2016 is seeking to find out more about the history of the house and especially prior to 1952 when the house was purchased by the Simmons family. Mr Simmons was the Woodwork Master at Sutton Valence School and over the next thirty years converted the property from a number of cottages into the present house. The house and gardens were open to the public up to the mid 1980’s when Mrs Sheila Simmons died and Mr Simmons moved to Cheltenham. Since then the house has had three owners plus the Channel Tunnel Rail Link who compulsorily purchased the house in 1989.
The house, which is reputed to be haunted, was built in the early 1400’s and there is a similar one at the Weald and Downland Living Museum near to Chichester. The name Eyhorne refers to the Hundred of Eyhorne which was one of the ancient divisions of Kent. It is Grade I listed and is recognised as one of the historic buildings of Kent with a red diamond shaped plaque at the front.
If you have any information please contact Mrs Jill Johnson on Tel 880868 or by e-mail at Jilljohnson01@hotmail.com
Pictured below is Eyhorne Manor in Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne, Kent.