Jack Fuller's first venture into folly building was the Coade stone summerhouse erected in 1803. It is  located in the woods on the west side of Brightling  Park. It is known variously as "The Alcove" and the Gothic Summerhouse. It's position offers the visitor an excellent view to the south.

The magnificent molded Coade stone facade is backed by a semicircular structure made of brickwork. There are two inscriptions on the inside of the arch that both read: COADE SEALY LONDON.

Coade stone, is an exceptionally hard and durable artificial material that closely resembles stone and was molded and then fired in a kiln. Founded by  Eleanor Coade in 1769, the Coade Manufactory  produced monuments and other objects. John Sealy was her nephew and business partner. Fine examples that have weathered well include the Westminster  Bridge Coade Stone Lion and Captain Bligh's Tomb  both in London.
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
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Description: The Summerhouse or Alcove at Brightling Park to the West of the House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 August 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 292466

OS Grid Reference: TQ6774120760
OS Grid Coordinates: 567741, 120760
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9618, 0.3873
Location: Brightling, East Sussex TN32 5HH

Locality: Brightling
Local Authority: Rother District Council
County: East Sussex, England

Source: British Listed Buildings