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Brief description of site

The nature reserve comprises the once famous garden laid out by John Evelyn between 1649 and 1655, remodelled in the 20th century by Miss Ellen Willmott. The site, which originally occupied 11 hectares, has been recently restored, not to its original form, but many parts of Evelyn's original gardens can be seen including a line of mature sweet chestnuts thought to have been planted by him.

Brief history of site

In the 16th century the site of Warley Place formed part of a much bigger estate. Warley Place was built during the early part of the 17th century. Alterations were carried out to the house during the 1840s. Frederick Willmott bought the estate in 1875, and commissioned major additions to the house. During her time at Warley Place Ellen Willmott was described by Gertrude Jekyll as 'the greatest living gardener': she employed as many as 104 gardeners and developed complex grounds with an extensive collection of plants.

Location information:

Address: Warley Place, Warley Road, Brentwood, CM13 3JE

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Essex; Brentwood; Warley

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ583906
Latitude: 51.592 Longitude: 0.283841

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

There are public open weekends between February and April. In addition, members of the Essex Wildlife Trust have free open access to the site.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: nature reserve

Site first created: 1649 to 1655

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 11

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