One day, I went to Anne of Cleves of House, a museum in Lewes. Here’s what I thought of the outing.
Anne of Cleves House is certainly one of Lewes’ most distinctive landmarks. It was built in 1541 in the classical if cumbersome Wealden Hall style, intended to be a crucial part in its namesake’s divorce settlement with one of Britain’s most fascinating monarchs, King Henry VII. However, the building’s name is really just a shallow marketing ploy, as Anne never actually visited the home. Consequently, any information provided on her or her ex-husband is disappointingly minimal. The real reason for visiting this creaking monument is its unique collection of historical curios from Sussex’s past. In the upstairs parlour, you can find ornate cabinets designed specifically to house bibles, and even run your fingers down the pleasingly ornate bedposts.
There is also a lovely café which sells traditional British nosh, with a picturesque but tiny garden thrown in for good measure. Overall, it’s not particularly remarkable unless you are a dedicated enthusiast , but the section on Lewes’ unique heritage is absolutely worth the price of admission. You can uncover some of the oldest wives’ tales the town has to offer and have a look at some truly fascinating artefacts. My favourite was the Cap of Liberty, a curious object which is basically a plunger with an elongated handle and the suction cup turned upside down. It was meant to symbolise liberty and freedom after the end of Britain’s oppression in 1730, but today looks a bit absurd, maybe Pythonesque if you want to be venomous. Nevertheless, it’s a very pleasant outing and would certainly be worth a peek if you are in the area.