The Vyne was built in the sixteenth century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. It then became home to the Chute family for more than 300 years. Through the artistic and aesthetic interests of its various owners, it has been at the cutting edge of the development of country house architecture, interior design and taste. The house has a long and subtle history, which has been respected and imaginatively re-interpreted by a succession of owners over the last five centuries. The Vyne is unusual in that the furnishings and personal affects are indigenous to the House, given to the National Trust in 1958.
Maurice Howard is Professor of History of Art at the University of Sussex. He is an expert on early Tudor architecture and the joint author (with Edward Wilson) of The Vyne: A Tudor House Revealed