Abbeyfield South Downs

Our History

Abbeyfield South Downs came into existence in 2011 and was a merger of the then Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Sussex Weald Abbeyfield Societies. An integral part of the process was the support of the national Abbeyfield Society, which included the donation of their only East Sussex property in St Leonards-on-Sea. In 2016, the Abbeyfield Tunbridge Wells Society joined us and then in 2017, the Alfriston & District Society passed their house to us.

The Abbeyfield Society was founded by Richard Carr-Gomm in 1956 to alleviate loneliness among older people who were living unsupported and with little contact with others. Today, there are hundreds of Abbeyfield properties nationwide, some managed centrally by the National Society, but most are managed by individual independent Abbeyfield member societies.

Abbeyfield South Downs, is one such society, a merger of former smaller member societies which have joined together to benefit from shared expertise and efficiencies.

Abbeyfield houses maintain a fundamental purpose which reflects Richard Carr-Gomm’s original approach. Our services are designed to alleviate loneliness, by providing contact with others in a partly shared environment.


To find out more about the national Abbeyfield Society and the housing options they manage, please visit: