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Brief description of site

Wakehurst Place has formal and landscape gardens with an extensive plant collection from the early-20th century. There were later additions in 1963. Wakehurst Place is now funded, administered and maintained by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Brief history of site

The manor of Wakehurst probably dates from the mid-13th century. Sir Edward Culpeper built the present house in 1590. Considerable alterations to both the house and gardens were undertaken in the late-19th century. In 1903 the estate was sold to Gerald Loder, who established many of the present plant collections, particularly those from Eastern Asia and the southern continents.

Location information:

Address: Ardingly, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex , RH17 6TN

Locality: Haywards Heath

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Mid Sussex; Ardingly

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ339314
Latitude: 51.0663 Longitude: -0.090399

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Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: botanic garden

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1903 to 1936

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 40

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