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Brief description of site

Only some 3.6 hectares are retained with the house comprising extensive lawns, the south-east end of an 18th-century lime avenue, a yew walk, shrubbery with a fine Wellingtonia, and a good specimen of a cork oak and other shrubs.

Brief history of site

The house was built in the early-18th century. The parkland was presumably laid out at the same time.

Location information:

Address: Bishopbourne, CT4 5BJ

Locality: Canterbury

Local Authorities:

Kent; Canterbury; Bishopsbourne

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 179 Grid Ref: TR183532
Latitude: 51.2362 Longitude: 1.1258

Directions:

The site is four miles south-east of Canterbury, adjacent to the village of Bishopsbourne.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1700 to 1750

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 3.6

Description

Bourne Park is a stately Queen Anne period house in rich red brick and stone built in the early-18th century by Elizabeth Aucher. It stands on an elevated platform above the Nailbourne - an intermittent stream with a now reedy and silted lake to the north-east.

The beautiful parkland that surrounds the house is mostly in separate ownership since the house, ancillary buildings and grounds were sold in separate lots in the 1960s. Only some 3.6 hectares are retained with the house comprising extensive lawns, the south-east end of an 18th century lime avenue, a yew walk, shrubbery with a fine Wellingtonia, and a good specimen of a cork oak and other shrubs. The high brick walled garden still has the outhouses, now converted into separate dwellings. There is a private cricket ground and a dramatic drive. Cedars still stand here.

The October 1987 storm caused considerable damage to parkland trees, especially on the skyline to the north-east and east, now exposing the busy A2 highway. Some trees have been lost in the gardens also.

The house has recently been the subject of a thorough and extensive restoration. The gardens are laid out to a design by the late Peter Coats.

Principal building:

house Created 1700 to 1750

A beautiful, stately Queen Anne period house in rich red brick and stone built in the early 18th century by Elizabeth Aucher. It stands on an elevated platform above the Nailbourne - an intermittent stream.

History

Site timeline

1987: The October 1987 storm caused considerable damage to parkland trees, especially on the skyline to the north-east and east.

People associated with this site

Owner: Lady Elizabeth Aucher (Known to have been active 1700 to 1799)

Features

lake

There is a reedy and silted lake to the north-east of the house.

lawn

Extensive lawns.

tree avenue

The south-east end of an 18th century lime avenue.

walk

Yew walk.

shrubbery

specimen tree

Wellingtonia.

specimen tree

Cork oak.

drive

References

Organisations associated with this site

Kent Gardens Trust

Sources of information

Country Houses of Kent

Oswald, Arthur Country Houses of Kent (London: Country Life, 1933)

The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent

Newman, J. and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976)

The Kent Gardens Compendium

Kent County Council Planning Department The Kent Gardens Compendium (Canterbury: Kent County Council, 1996) 15

Contributor or Recorder Kent Gardens Trust

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