Standen House and Garden - National Trust

View of the house from the Croquet lawn.
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Standen is a fine show-piece of the late 19th-century Arts & Crafts Movement, featuring rich William Morris textiles and wallpapers, complemented by contemporary furniture, ceramics and pictures of the time. Philip Webb, friend of William Morris, designed this family house in the 1890s. It is decorated throughout with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers, complemented by contemporary paintings, tapestries and furniture.
Standen boasts a beautiful hillside garden with wild flowers, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, ferns, an orchard and croquet lawn. There is a five year garden restoration project currently underway to restore Mrs Beale's original Arts & Crafts garden. Visitors can find out about this through tours, talks and a display in the Potting Shed. There are also lovely walks through two ancient woodlands, Rockinghill and Hollybush and tours to the top of the Water Tower on selected days.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Please check the Standen website before visiting.

Admission charges

Please see for up to date admission charges. (Please call in advance to book group visits - 01342 323029)


  • National Trust

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Original William Morris textiles and wallpapers.
  • House designed by Philip Webb.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Helen Beale

Helen Beale - Never at Sea

  • 28 April — 11 November 2018 *on now

During the First World War Helen Beale played a pivotal role in the creation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (W.R.N.S.) where she was a pioneer for the advancement of women in the modern British Navy. Using family letters, diaries and photos this exhibition tells the story of both the public and the more private aspects of Helen’s journey from becoming the first female officer of the W.R.N.S. through to her role decommissioning the service after the war to make space for returning servicemen. As well as showing the pride Helen had for her war work, her letters provide a personal insight into society’s hostility to women in uniform and the challenges that the Wrens of the First World War had to overcome.

The team behind the exhibition at Standen have been working closely with the Association of Wrens and Women of the Royal Naval Services (W.R.N.S) including capturing the experiences of retired Wrens and current serving Royal Naval officers on film. They bring to life the achievements of trailblazers such as Helen and the impact on the role of women in the Royal Navy today.

Currently serving in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Commander Jane Pitzii explains ‘These women were pioneers. They were showing the Royal Navy that women could tread a path and actually make a difference, against all the odds and against the opinion of the general public as well as, quite often, their own families’.

House Steward Victoria Witty explains ‘pretty much unknown outside of Standen, Helen Beale has an inspiring story of her own. From working as a V.A.D. nurse in France during the very early part of the First World War, she went on to form the basis of uniformed women in the Navy as one of the first Wrens. She was promoted rapidly through the ranks, ending up as the most senior woman at Devonport. Thanks to a generous donation by Helen’s family of her First World War letters, we have an unprecedented opportunity to tell her story in her own voice.’

The exhibition commemorates a double centenary: the end of the First World War and that of women gaining the vote. It explores the link between these through Helen Beale’s experiences, and the enfranchisement of women that was in part a consequence of women’s war work. It forms part of the National Trust’s 2018 Woman and Power programming shining a light on women’s histories to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018.


Standard admission fees apply
£12 per adult
£6 per child
Members get in free


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Arts & Crafts House Tour

Victorian focused tour of this Arts and Crafts Movement house. Handling collection available, and woodland to explore.

How to obtain

Call 01342 323029 or email for more information.

Standen House and Garden - National Trust
Standen House and Garden
West Hoathly Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4NE




01342 323029


01342 316424

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