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Brief description of site

Parkland extending to 811 hectares (546 hectares comprising the registered site) associated with a country house. The park is divided into the 'Old Park' developed in the late-18th century on the site of a former deer park, and, the 'New Park' developed in the early-19th century.

Brief history of site

There are early references to a deer park in the area belonging to Odo, William the Conqueror's brother. The first definite mention of Eridge is in 1344 when the lands were described as a 'chase containing 600 acres' with a 'messuage called Erugge'. 'Newepark' was imparked and stocked with deer by 1400. It was not until 1792, when the second Earl of Abergavenny (1755-1843) decided to make Eridge the family seat, that a designed landscape park was laid out. Eridge Castle, a picturesque castellated mansion, was constructed in 1787. It was demolished in 1938, when Eridge Park House was built on the same site.

Location information:

Address: Eridge Park, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JT

Locality: Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Frant

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ 564 357
Latitude: 51.0993 Longitude: 0.232331

Directions:

2 miles south of Tunbridge Wells

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : Picturesque

Site first created: 1067 to 1344

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 811

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