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Brief description of site

The house is well-sited on a high shelf of the South Downs with a fine view over parkland to the south where the ground drops away steeply. There is a view to Bognor in the distance. There are a few fine specimen trees still standing (before the 1987 storm) including beech and cedar. The walled gardens remain. The park and grounds are well cared for by the National Trust. Few traces of earlier garden layouts remain.

Brief history of site

The site was originally a deer park dating from 1108. The first house was given by Henry I to the Archbishops of Canterbury. It became their summer residence until the dissolution. One tower remains (listed Grade II). The house was re-built around 1560 (this is still incorporated in the east side).

Location information:

Address: Slindon, BN18 0RG

Locality: West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Arun; Slindon

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU957079
Latitude: 50.8627 Longitude: -0.641554

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Opening contact details:

The site is in the care of the National Trust, and is open to the public.

Key information:

Form of site: deer park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: education

Site first created: 1108

Main period of development: 12th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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