Lewes’ historic Bull House reopens it’s doors to visitors

Bull House, the former residence of the influential radical thinker and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, has now reopened it’s doors. Owned and cared for by registered charity, The Sussex Archaeological Society, this marks the first time in almost half a century that this historic site has been accessible to visitors on a regular basis.

Located in the heart of Lewes, Bull House has long been associated with the legacy of Paine. He was a man whose writings played a pivotal role in shaping the intellectual landscape of the late 18th century. Known for works such as Common Sense and The Rights of Man, he was a key figure in the American and French Revolutions.

His ideas on democracy, human rights, and freedom of thought have left an enduring mark on the world.

Visitors to Bull House have the unique opportunity to step back in time . Explore the very rooms where Thomas Paine lived and wrote one of his political works, The Case of the Officers of Excise. Works which called for better employment conditions for local tax officers.

Annie Wills, Head of Operations and Commercial Activities at Sussex Past said “We are thrilled to see Bull House opening its doors to the public. It offers visitors a chance to walk in the footsteps of Thomas Paine and explore the ideas that shaped nations. This opening marks a remarkable moment in our shared history.”

The Sussex Archaeological Society was founded in 1846 and is the oldest organisation of its kind in the country.

It is a registered charity that opens historic houses and gardens to the public. The charity also curates six fully accredited museums. Plus, it undertakes and encourages research across sites like Lewes Castle & Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Michelham Priory.

Find out more about visiting Bull House, visit: www.sussexpast.co.uk/attraction/bull-house-lewes

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