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Brief description of site

West Dean features around 8 hectares of formal and ornamental gardens, 1.5 hectares of kitchen gardens and 203 hectares of parkland, arboretum and woodland. The site is now a centre for conservation and restoration, and the visual and applied arts. The gardens have been much improved and restored.

Brief history of site

The park was first recorded in 1066 but its original creation date is unknown. The estate passed by marriage in 1738 to the Peachy family, Sir John carrying out alterations to the Jacobean house and beginning to lay out the grounds adjacent to it. The gardens were laid out by Gertrude Jekyll and Harold Peto in the late-19th century.

Location information:

Locality: Chichester

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; West Dean

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU863126
Latitude: 50.9064 Longitude: -0.773978

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily from 10.30 am, except in late December and January.

Key information:

Form of site: park

Purpose of site: Educational

Context or principal building: college

Site first created: 1738

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 213

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