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Brief description of site

Hammerwood Park has the remains of a late-18th-century landscape park and tree plantation occupying about 75 hectares. There are terrace gardens below the house, occupying a further 5 hectares. These were extant in 1987.

Brief history of site

There had been a house on the site (known as The Bower) since before 1711. in 1792 the estate was purchased by John Sperling, who commissioned Benjamin Henry Latrobe to build the present house, known as Hammerwood Lodge. Landscape improvements were carried out at the same time. The ornamental gardens to the east of the house were probably laid out by Oswald Augustus Smith in the 1860s.

Location information:

Address: Hammerwood Park, East Grinstead, Sussex , RH19 3QE

Locality: East Grinstead, Sussex

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Forest Row

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ442388
Latitude: 51.1303 Longitude: 0.0594544

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Opening contact details:

Open only on selected days of the year.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1792

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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