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Bayham Old Abbey

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Brief description of site

Bayham Hall is a 19th-century house set in a landscape park covering 368 hectares. The site has formal gardens dating from the late-19th century and woodland of 10 hectares. The land has been in divided use since 1978.

Brief history of site

In 1797, Bayham was inherited by John Jeffries, the second Earl Camden, who in 1799 commissioned Humphry Repton to advise on improvements to the estate and to provide designs for a new house. Repton made a second visit in 1814 by which time only the proposal for the lake had been adopted, although later maps suggest his proposals influenced the valley landscape. His suggestion of a new site for the house, further to the north-east on a spot more elevated than the first, was later adopted by the third Marquess when, in 1870, he built the present house and laid out the surrounding gardens.

Location information:

Address: Bayham Hall, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8BE

Locality: Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

Kent; Tunbridge Wells; Lamberhurst

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ644368
Latitude: 51.1069 Longitude: 0.346988

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Site first created: 1799 to 1870

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 368

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