A BRIEF HISTORY OF SAINT HILL MANORWhile internationally renowned as the home of L.Ron Hubbard, Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, Saint Hill Manor is also among the most historically significant estates in Sussex.Today, a water colour of Crawfurd’s Jacobean style house, painted by renowned landscapist James Lambert of Lewes, resides in the British Museum’s Burrell Manuscripts Collection.In 1792, eldest son and heir Gibbs Crawfurd pulled down the Jacobean house to build a home of “domestic comfort and luxury.” After hiring local stonemason Henry Pocock, construction began on the grand country manor that stands today.Saint Hill became the home of the Maharajah of Jaipur, India in the late 40s.During his decade of ownership the Maharajah added a number of fine antique Indian and European fixtures to the residence. Ron Hubbard acquired Saint Hill Manor and some 60 surrounding acres in March 1959. Hubbard’s home and worldwide headquarters for the Scientology religion until 1967. Ron Hubbard’s Centennial (1911–2011) Saint Hill Manor underwent meticulous renovation and restoration by England’s premier conservation design firms.
Robert, the last of the Crawfurd line to reside in the Manor, served as a magistrate and was instrumental in establishing East Grinstead’s first railway line.
The entry dating from 1715 cites acquisition of the property by John Crawfurd of Ardmillan, Scotland.