Archbishop v. The King

The history of Mayfield's medieval great hall

Saturday 27 April 2024, 7.30pm Mayfield School, Chapel £10 (Free - age 25 and under) Book now

When Archbishop Winchelsey built the Great Hall deep in the Sussex forest, little did he realise that his row with King Edward I would end with the King saying ‘You look after the spiritual – I will threaten your estates on earth.’ With that the King exiled the Archbishop.

That and many other stories about the building, its history, architecture and the various ways in which the Hall was used over 700 years are graphically presented by historians Tim Cornish and Dr Joanna Weddell in the very building which eventually became Mayfield School Chapel.

Tim Cornish is the author of ‘Medieval Mayfield: Archbishops and Peasants’ – see

Dr Joanna Weddell is Head of History of Art at Mayfield School; she has published on art, design and museums and lectured at the Courtauld.