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Bentley Wood, kitchen garden


Brief description of site

Bentley Wood was an influential house and garden, a prime example of modernist design and as such significant in a national context. It was designed by architect Serge Chermayeff in collaboration with the landscape architect Christopher Tunnard. Sensitive restoration by the current owners is planned.

Brief history of site

In 1935 the Russian-born architect Serge Chermayeff bought around 52 hectares of land from the Bentley Farm Estate to build a country house for himself and his young family. Chermayeff was declared bankrupt in 1939 resulting in the sale of Bentley Wood and his emigration in 1940 to the United States.

Location information:

Address: Knowle Lane, BN8 6PS

Locality: Framfield

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Framfield

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ495165
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Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1935 to 1939

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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