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Brief description of site

Possingworth Park is a mid-19th-century garden of formal terraces, a sunken lawn, pinetum and lake laid out from 1866 by Robert Marnock. It is the setting for a Tudor-gothic-style mansion designed by architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt.

Brief history of site

In 1864 Louis Huth, a member of a German banking family, bought the house (which subsequently became known as Old Possingworth Manor) and around 830 hectares of land in order to build 'one of the grandest mansions in the South of England'.

The new mansion, Possingworth Park, built from 1866 at a cost of 'more than £60,000' (Lower) and sited around one kilometre north-east of the old manor, was designed by the celebrated architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt in a Tudor-gothic style.

Location information:

Address: Cross in Hand, Heathfield, TN21 OTS

Locality: Heathfield, East Sussex

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Heathfield and

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ544208
Latitude: 50.9659 Longitude: 0.197447


The site lies some 7.5 kilometres to the east of the A22 Eastbourne to London road and one kilometre east of the village of Blackboys.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: nursing home

Site Style : formal

Site first created: 1864 to 1870

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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