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Brief description of site

Ticehurst House Hospital has the grounds of an early psychiatric hospital, developed in the late-18th century from a private estate and further extended in the 19th century. The site covers about 18 hectares.

Brief history of site

In 1792 Samuel Newington opened a privately run madhouse for less than twenty patients. Newington appears to have bought a country mansion set in its own landscape and used it to house and treat his patients. By the late-1820s the asylum building was surrounded by a landscape park and pleasure grounds ornamented by many garden buildings. By the 1870s the asylum was widely acknowledged as one of the most successful and highly reputable private asylums. By 1900 the estate covered over 125 hectares. In the early 1970s the Newington family relinquished their last interests in the hospital.

Location information:

Address: Ticehurst House Hospital, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7HU

Locality: Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Rother; Ticehurst

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ682305
Latitude: 51.0492 Longitude: 0.398289

Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: asylum landscape

Context or principal building: psychiatric hospital

Site first created: 1792

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 18

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