Plans to restore historic tower to its former glory


The historic Laughton Place is set to be given an injection of life thanks to Skyjack and The Landmark Trust.

Laughton Place is a four-story moated brick tower that once belonged to a much larger building constructed in 1534, but now stands alone and proud on the flatlands between the South Downs and Ashdown Forest.

Skyjack, an aerial-platform manufacturer, hopes to return this local treasure to its former glory with the help of The Landmark Trust, a British charity that lovingly restores crumbling ruins for generations to enjoy in decades to come.

On Friday morning (June 26), Skylark will be handing over an aerial work platform to help restore the façade of the impressive building. The work will be taking place from 11am to 1pm with representatives from The Landmark Trust and Skylark, which is running the project as a celebration to mark its 30th anniversary.

At the time of its construction, in the 16th century, the tower served as an outlook post for the building, as well as a set of private bedrooms. It was originally built in 1534 by Sir William Pelham and stayed in the ownership of the Pelham family until 1927.

A more detailed history can be found at

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