Leyswood, Withyham, England
Record Id: 5055
This site is NOT open to public.
Brief description of site
Leyswood has a picturesque garden laid out by James Temple from 1868. The garden is on rocky sandstone outcrops surrounding a country house designed by Norman Shaw in his domestic 'Old English' style. Features from mid- to late-20th-century gardens also remain.
Brief history of site
James W. Temple was persuaded to buy the site by his cousin, Norman Shaw, who designed the house.
Many new plantings of exotic and rare trees and shrubs, together with a pinetum, bamboo dell, tropical fernery 'with its bold rockery' and an extensive range of twenty-six glasshouses, including orchid and camellia houses, were described in contemporary horticultural journals.
Address: Forge Road, Withyham, TN3 9PH
East Sussex; Wealden; Withyham
Historical County: Sussex
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The site is set back from the east side of Corseley Road which runs north from Withyham to Groombridge, approximately three and a half kilometres south of Groombridge and 10.5 kilometres south-west of Tunbridge Wells. The main Uckfield-Tunbridge Wells road (A26) is around two and a half kilometres to the east.
Form of site: garden
Purpose of site: ornamental garden
Context or principal building: house
Site Style : Picturesque
Site first created: 1866 to 1868
Main period of development: Late 19th century
Survival: Part: standing remains
Site Size (Hectares): 3