Gideon Algernon Mantell was born on 3 Feb 1790 in St Mary’s Lane in Lewes, now Station Street. His early life and training as a doctor are well documented. His father Thomas Mantell was a well respected local cordwainer who sat on the local Council of Twelve who managed the affairs of the town. You can read more about this enigmatic man, of whom not a lot is known, in the Think Tank lecture notes here.
Gideon told a friend “although my parents and their immediate predecessors were in comparatively humble stations being only trades people in a country town yet they were descendants of one of the most ancient families in England” The family could in fact trace itself back to the Conquest, and their coat of arms is shown on the Mantell plaque in St Michael’s Church
You can visit the house as part of 2019 Heritage Open Days. Please note this is a private home so not normally open to the public.