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Brief description of site

Highdown is a plantsman's garden developed between 1909 and 1967 by Sir Frederick and Lady Stern.

Brief history of site

In 1909 the house and surrounding grounds were bought by Major, later Sir Frederick, Stern and his wife. From that date until Sir Frederick's death in 1967 they created and developed the present gardens, in and around a former chalk pit, partly as an experiment in gardening on chalk.

Location information:

Address: Littlehampton Road, BN12 6PG

Locality: Worthing, West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Arun; Ferring

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: TQ097040
Latitude: 50.8252 Longitude: -0.443866

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, with free access. For opening times, please see:

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1909 to 1967

Main period of development: 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4.5

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