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Brief description of site

Lady Dorothy Nevill laid out the site in the 1850s. Tons of earth were imported to level a small valley to the east of the walled garden for growing more vegetables and fruit. Terrace walks and winding broad gravelled paths took the visitor around the garden. To the west of the house was a parterre and an extensive pinetum. To the east a path known as Lady Dorothy's Walk led through a wood.

Brief history of site

Captain James Lyon was a retired East India Company officer, who had inherited a substantial fortune based on Jamaican plantations. He bought the estate in 1837, at which time the land was mostly wooded and in agricultural use. His house was built to the plans of the architect James Knowles and although imposing and with 18 bedrooms, it was known to be draughty and hard to heat.

Location information:

Address: near Rogate, GU31 5BZ

Locality: West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Rogate

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU823244
Latitude: 51.0131 Longitude: -0.828189

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1837

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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