King John’s Lodge is a beautiful historic house close to Etchingham, East Sussex.
For all you historians out there, it came to prominence in the weeks following the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.
There are some disputed/unclear accounts so I am sticking to what cannot be disputed.
The battle date was 19.9.1356. At this time the French were under the command of King Jean and the English were under the command of Edward, the Prince of Wales, later to be known as The Black Prince.
During this battle which the French lost, King Jean was captured. He was captured because he was much more valuable alive than dead. The ransom would have been substantial! At some point during or after the capture he either surrendered his belt or it was taken…. Why?
Proof of course that he had been captured. Swords and belts in those days bore Coates of Arms engraved in them.
One of the Knights heavily involved in this Battle and Capture was Sir John Pelham (who was awarded the belt buckle from King Jeans sword belt) known now as the Pelham Buckle.
Prince Edward nominated him and another Knight to escort the defeated French king back to England under their guard. On their way back they stopped at a manor house (now known as King John’s Lodge). You can walk around the beautiful gardens and see this lovely old House from the outside.
Sir John Pelham was also The Lord of the Manor of Laughton in East Sussex. The Pelham Buckle can be seen on many historic houses and churches in the county that were connected to The manor of laughton… and, indeed for those residing South of the English Channel near Poitiers…
Here is a picture of King John’s Lodge. They have a quirky and good quality garden nursery and cafe. Check opening times though.
Well worth a visit.