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Sir John Gage

The first Sir John Gage took over the manor of Firle when his wife's father Sir Thomas St Clere died in 1446.

The family continued in the local manors until 1479 when the second Sir John Gage was born. He was made a ward of the Duke of Buckingham when his father died in 1497.

This Sir John was brought up for the court, and in 1513 accompanied Henry VIII on his expedition to France. Because of his prowess in Battle he was appointed Vice-Chamberlain to the King. Sir John built much of the Tudor features of Firle Place.

Villages Referenced

Alciston  -   (Fifty thousand tiles on the Barn)
Firle  -   (Home of the Greengage)
Framfield  -   (380 years without a church tower)

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