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Brief description of site

Wadhurst Castle has a mid-19th-century pleasure ground and park accompanying a castellated house. The Castle and grounds are highly visible in the landscape, and make a significant contribution to the landscape character.

Brief history of site

Wadhurst Castle is built on the site of Maplehurst, recorded in the 14th century. The old house was demolished and replaced with a square, castellated stone mansion after 1818. The name of the mansion was changed to Wadhurst Castle after 1826. After 1838, Edward Buckton Lamb was appointed to remodel the Castle. By this date, there was a small park of 8 hectares to the south. The parkland was developed, in the early 1840s, to complement the remodelling of the Castle, and essentially to provide a picturesque setting for the turreted castle. By 1872 the parkland had been extended to 30 hectares, but was gradually reduced after World War 1.

Location information:

Address: Wadhurst Castle, Wadhurst, Lewes, East Sussex, TN5 6DA

Locality: Royal Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Wadhurst

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ634319
Latitude: 51.0632 Longitude: 0.330502

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is now a venue for weddings, conferences and events.

Key information:

Form of site: park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 58

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