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Brief description of site

A designed garden is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6" of l910. There is a lawn to the south of the house, between rows of trees, and an orchard to the north. The Farm has two ponds. The Manor has glasshouses, a conservatory and a fountain. The main building is now thought to be a convent, and the garden appears to have been lost.

Location information:

Address: Foxhunt Green, Waldron, TN21 0PL

Locality: Waldron, East Sussex

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ550175
Latitude: 50.9361 Longitude: 0.204581

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Context or principal building: nunnery

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Lost

Description

The photograph in Pike's book shows a house in the Elizabethan style but it is probably Victorian. A high wall depicted in the photograph marks off an area to the front or back of the house. Close by is the ruin of a wall including a window with Gothic tracery.

On the Ordnance Survey's 1" map (1813) there is a settlement at a crossroads marked ‘Fox Hunt'. Nearby is a collection of buildings. There is no sign of any buildings to the south, on the site of what was later called Foxhunt Manor. It is in a large wood, named Ford's Wood. That site is occupied by a substantial building on the Ordnance Survey's 6" map (1899) and called Foxhunt Manor.

On a recent map (Ordnance Survey 6", 1980) the site of the Manor is called ‘Visitation Convent' and the northern buildings ‘Old Foxhunt Manor'. In summary, the northern buildings near the crossroads appeared first and were called the Manor. New buildings were made to the south in late Victorian times and called the Manor. The earlier buildings were then, or even earlier, called the Farm. It is for the Victorian building, which will be called the Manor below, that there is evidence of an interesting garden, though how the land is divided between Manor and Farm is not clear.

Foxhunt Manor appears on the Ordnance Survey 6" map (1899). There is a substantial house but no garden of interest. A large pond, with a circular island, is to the south-east of the house.

A designed garden is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6" map of 1910. There is a lawn to the south of the house, between rows of trees, and an orchard to the north. The Farm has two ponds. The Manor has glasshouses, a conservatory and a fountain.

The garden was later extended to the south and west (Ordnance Survey 6", 1932, and Ordnance Survey 25", 1931). The house has a conservatory and there is a swimming pool surrounded by trees. Around the house is a geometric layout. A rectangular lawn to the south is bordered by rows of a mixed tree planting. To the north is another rectangular lawn set into a large orchard.

Abbs (1999) notes sales particulars of 1950 and states that the garden did not look interesting. There were some topiary balls, lawns, herbaceous borders, flower beds, a fruit cage and a kitchen garden.

The garden appears to have been lost (Ordnance Survey 6" map, 1980).

History

Pike (1910) gives a history of the estate. In 1327, the site was owned by Sir Ralph de Camoys. From 1485, ownership passed to Sir George Brown of Beechworth Castle, Surrey, then the Duke of Norfolk. In the 16th century, the estate was owned by various members of the Threele family; sold to Thomas Pelham, 1594. Remained in Pelham family until 1775 when sold to Josiah Smith. William Gilliatt and Joseph Rickett were succeeding owners. In 1897 the site was sold by Sir Compton Rickett to the present (1908) owner Joseph Lucas, who owned an estate of 500 acres.

References

Organisations associated with this site

Sussex Gardens Trust

Sources of information

Review of historic garden sites in East Sussex

Abbs, Barbara Review of historic garden sites in East Sussex (1999)

Sussex in the twentieth century : contemporary biographies

Pike, W.T. Sussex in the twentieth century : contemporary biographies (Brighton: Pike, 1910)

Contributor or Recorder Sussex Gardens Trust

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