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Brief description of site

Kidbrooke is an 18th-century landscape park and garden originally occupying about 80 hectares, but reduced by a housing development in the 20th century. The garden area near the Palladian-style house was developed in the mid-1920s.

Brief history of site

The present house was built in 1733-4, and grounds and a park were laid out at the same time. Under new ownership, the park was improved by Humphry Repton between 1803 and 1806. The house was enlarged and altered after 1874. The estate was broken up after World War 2. The house, gardens and pleasure grounds are now a Steiner school.

Location information:

Address: Michael Hall School, Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JA

Locality: East Grinstead

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Forest Row

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ418344
Latitude: 51.0914 Longitude: 0.0234501


Off the A22 south of East Grinstead.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: school

Site first created: 1733 to 1806

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 65

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