The Tapsell Gate was used to prevent cattle breaking into a Churchyard.
The gate is usually a five barred gate, but with the unusual feature
of a central post on which it hinges. The central pivot meant that the
gap for the animals to pass through was unusually small, which prevented
large animals passing through.
The gate was designed and built by a carpenter from Mountfield in Sussex
during the mid 1700's. There are two we are aware of, these are in
East Dean and nearby Friston near the coast in East Sussex between
Eastbourne and Seaford .