The Middle House Mayfield

The Building

The Middle House, which dominates the High Street is listed as Grade 1. It is a wonderful specimen of Elizabethan architecture, with wattle and daub infill which dates back to 1575. The house was originally built for the financier, Sir Thomas Gresham, Keeper of the Privy Purse to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 1st. A private residence until the late 1920’s, The Middle House is now the home of an old world pub, impressive restaurant and small but cosy hotel.

Amongst many fine features of The Middle House is the large ornate wooden carved fireplace in the lounge area. Grinling Gibbons, the master Craftsman who is responsible for so much fine work within St. Paul’s Cathedral, carved it. Records show that the fireplace originally came from the Royal College of Physicians in London.