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Brief description of site

Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and Elizabethan gardens. The gardens include a walled garden within which a formal garden was developed in the 20th century. The site includes a rose garden, herb garden and rhododendron garden.

Brief history of site

It is likely that the park existed by the 12th century. In 1441 Sir Roger Fiennes applied for a licence to build the present castle and to enlarge the park. In 1775 the Hare-Naylor family abandoned the Castle and moved into Herstmonceux Place, in the north-west corner of the park. The Castle was virtually dismantled and became a picturesque ruin in the park. The Castle was partly restored by a new owner after 1911. After 1932 Sir Paul Latham completed the restoration of the Castle and, with his architect, Walter Hindes Godfrey, restored and developed the gardens.

Location information:

Address: Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN

Locality: East Sussex

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Herstmonceux

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ647104
Latitude: 50.8696 Longitude: 0.339311

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site first created: After 1100

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 148

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