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Brief description of site

Buckhurst Park has early-20th century gardens. These are set within grounds of about 215 hectares which were landscaped first in the 18th century, then enlarged in the early-19th century. The gardens are surrounded by a larger estate of parkland, woodland and agricultural land.

Brief history of site

By the mid 1720s, Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset and grandson of the 5th Earl, is recorded as living at Stoneland Park and planting the park landscape. Humphry Repton was engaged in 1805 to advise on improving both the landscape and the house, producing a Red Book for Buckhurst in February 1806. In the early-20th century, Buckhurst Park was leased by Mr and Mrs Robert Benson, for whom Sir Edwin Lutyens designed additions to the house and a new formal garden. Gertrude Jekyll provided planting plans.

Location information:

Address: Buckhurst Park, Withyham, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4BL

Locality: East Sussex

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Withyham

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ501350
Latitude: 51.0947 Longitude: 0.142133

Key information:

Form of site: estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1725

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 215

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