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Brief description of site

Leonardslee is a 'collectors garden' set in a designed landscape of 92 hectares (86 hectares registered). The garden was started by Sir Edmund Loder in 1889 although many trees on the site pre-date this. Leonardslee is noted for its rhododendrons and azaleas and features seven lakes, an alpine house, a temperate greenhouse and a rock garden.

Brief history of site

In 1801, some 400 hectares of the Aldridge estate were sold to Charles George Beauclerk who built a house called St Leonards Lodge on the site and began to lay out the gardens and park. The present house was built in 1852. From 1889 until he died in 1920, Sir Edmund Loder greatly expanded the gardens and created a large collection of rare wild animals.

Location information:

Address: Lower Beeding, Horsham, RH13 6PP

Locality: Horsham

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Horsham; Lower Beeding

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ222259
Latitude: 51.0195 Longitude: -0.259145

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily between April and October.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Site first created: 1801 to 1920

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 92

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