Passing Edes House in Chichester? Strike a pose

Do you find yourself passing Edes House in West Street, Chichester? Next time you walk past, strike a pose and you could win afternoon tea for two!

Last updated:
31 July 2015

Fancy free afternoon tea for two in one of Chichester’s most historic and beautiful buildings?

Edes House is running a competition calling on people to ‘strike a pose’ on its grand steps to be in with a chance of winning.

All you have to do is, literally, strike a pose – the funnier the better - on your own or in a group, on the steps of the building in West Street and then tweet @EdesHouse or post your picture to to enter. The closing date is August 12.

Edes House is the Listed building that sits at the front of County Hall in West Street.  It dates back to 1696 and is one of the oldest buildings in Chichester.

Emma Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator at Edes, said: “This is a great chance to have some fun with us! Edes House is one of the most beautiful buildings in Chichester but we know that people walk past our steps every single day and have no idea what it is or what happens inside.

“Our afternoon teas are lovely. You won’t regret entering!”

Edes is now used as a venue for corporate events, weddings and community meetings but it was built at the end of the 17th century for John Edes, a maltster, and his wife, Hannah.

The house was apparently nameless until 1841 when it was described as Westgate House in the will of Elizabeth Penfold.

In 1905 the property was called West Street House, and by 1911 its name had changed again to Wren’s House. In 1967 it was simplified to Wren House.

Finally, in 1993, it was renamed Edes House in recognition of the Edes Family

The building was bought by West Sussex County Council and used as its offices until the current county hall was built in 1936.

It’s also been used as the county library headquarters and county and diocesan record offices until the building of the new record offices in 1989 gave the opportunity for it to be restored.

Now, as well as weddings and corporate events, afternoon teas are also held as well as historical tours where people can learn more about the part Edes House has played in shaping the history of Chichester.

Picture shows Kim Wright, Edes House manager, and Emma Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator, striking a pose on the steps.

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