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Brief description of site

Valence features 18th-century gardens on a site which dates from medieval times. Evidence of an earlier formal layout can be seen. The gardens were partly designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and include many water features. The site is now a school.

Brief history of site

The estate of Valence is listed in the first draft of the Domesday Book (1086). The site was first developed in the mid-18th century, with later landscaping by Lancelot Brown in the late-18th century. Further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-19th century and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late-19th century.

Location information:

Address: Westerham Road, TN16 1QN

Locality: Westerham

Local Authorities:

Kent; Sevenoaks; Westerham

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ461543
Latitude: 51.2691 Longitude: 0.0928925


The site is accessed from the A25, about half a mile west of the village of Brasted.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: school

Site first created: 1700 to 1733

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

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