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Brief description of site

The importance of the Shillinglee Park lies in the high aesthetic value of the house and ancillary buildings, its roots in the landscape, its structural planting and in its close connection with the surrounding estates of Petworth Park, Cowdray Park and Burton Park. All have connections to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, with known work by Brown at Petworth and Cowdray and accounts for work carried out at both Burton Park and Shillinglee Park.

Maps of the Shillinglee estate after alterations took place show increased levels of woodland planting in the park that gradually narrow the view from the house to the lake, clumps of tree planting, smoothing of the edges of the lake, and a less formal parkland. Large scale planting of thousands of trees took place in the 1760s outside the park but within the estate. The view of an expert on Brown and his work is that his suggestions in his general plan were carried out.

Brief history of site

The evidential value of fishponds, the use of iron production and brickmaking allow for both archaeological evidence and remnants, together with historic value from the documentary evidence of tree planting and how it is linked to the design of the landscape, together with the supply of plants and flowers for the house.

Shillinglee Park has been owned by the Turnour family for 300 years and the family has provided both Members of Parliament, members of the Privy Council and the Government in their time.

Location information:

Address: Kirdford, Haslemere, GU8 4SY

Locality: Petworth

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Kirdford

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU966320
Latitude: 51.0792 Longitude: -0.622376

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: flats

Site first created: Before 1552

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 48.56

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