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Brief description of site

Nymans is the work of three generations of the Messel family, started between 1885 and 1916 by Ludwig Messel and continued until 1953 by Leonard Messel. It is a plantsman and collector's garden. The site is described by The National Trust as one of the great gardens of the Sussex Weald, internationally known for its beauty, atmosphere and collection of rare and important plants.

Brief history of site

George Harrington largely rebuilt the house, considerably enlarged the estate and began planting shelter belts of trees and shrubs from 1839 to 1852. The house was re-built again after 1916 by Colonel Leonard Messel and his wife Maud. They further developed the gardens with a wide range of newly introduced plants, particularly those from the southern continents brought back by Harold Comber.

Location information:

Address: Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6EB

Locality: Haywards Heath

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Mid Sussex; Cuckfield Rural

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ265294
Latitude: 51.05 Longitude: -0.19665

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Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1839 to 1954

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 26

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