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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.

Location information:

Address: Forge Road, Withyham, TN3 9PH

Locality: Withyham

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Withyham

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ528351
Latitude: 51.0949 Longitude: 0.180703


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.

Key information:

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

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