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Luxford House is a 16th-century house in Luxford Road, Crowborough, East Sussex. It is listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.

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History

The house was originally a smoke bay house, dating from c.1510 and owned by Sir Hugh Beaver, Minister of Works during WWII, from 1932.

Later it was let by his daughter to rock music manager, Tony Stratton Smith, in the 1960s and early 1970s. Stratton Smith encouraged groups signed to his label, Charisma Records, to rehearse there and these included Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator. A picture of Van der Graaf Generator, taken on the south lawn of the house, appeared on the inner gatefold sleeve of their 1971 album, Pawn Hearts. Bert Jansch recorded his album L.A. Turnaround there in 1973, and the album sleeve features several photographs of the house. The cover photo of Neil Diamond's 1971 album 'Stones' features him sitting in the garden by the memorial to Sir Hugh's wife, which still exists today.

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Luxford House Wikipedia


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