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Brief description of site

This was once the site of a small but elegant example of a 1920s garden in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. A Country Life Article (October 13, 1928, p. 523) gives a full description. The site is now a working farm with a new garden created to the north of the house.

Brief history of site

The site is part of the Valewood Estate, which is in itself part of the Blackdown Estate. Valewood House was built in the 1830s, with a park and pleasure grounds. Oliver Hill purchased the farm in 1926, restoring the derelict house and creating the garden. Gertrude Jekyll schemed the planting plan and gave many plants from her own garden.

Location information:

Address: Bell Vale Lane, Haslemere, GU27 3AW

Locality: Haslemere

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Lurgashall

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU905316
Latitude: 51.0766 Longitude: -0.709531

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: farm

Site first created: 1926

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

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