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Brief description of site

Preston Manor has 18th-century gardens occupying about two hectares within a 30-hectare Victorian park, with early-20th-century additions simplified in the late-20th century. Associated with the site is also a detached rock garden, which rises precipitously from the valley floor.

Brief history of site

About 30 hectares of an existing private estate were purchased in 1883 by Brighton Corporation to form a public park. Preston Park was laid out by the Corporation's Head Gardener, James Shrives and the Borough Engineer, Philip Lockwood, in 1883-1884 and formally opened to the public on 8 November 1884. The Rock Garden on the Rookery site, on the western side of Preston Road, was laid out in 1936. In November 1932, Brighton Corporation took possession of the remaining land and buildings of Preston Manor, opening the Manor to the public in 1933. Its gardens became part of the park.

Location information:

Address: Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6SD

Locality: Brighton

Local Authorities:

Brighton and Hove; Preston Park

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ303064
Latitude: 50.8425 Longitude: -0.150688


Less than 2 miles from the centre of Brighton.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open from April to September. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: museum

Site first created: 1883 to 1933

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 30

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