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Brief description of site

Dale Park was purchased in 1780 from a number of copyholds by Sir George Thomas who enclosed the park and planted 400 acres of woodland. The house was built between 1784 and 1788 to plans by Joseph Bonomi ARA and was deemed to be one of the most comfortable in the county. It is located in a fold of the Sussex Downs and together with the undulating parkland was situated and planted to achieve views to Chichester and the sea.

Brief history of site

The park and gardens are contemperaneous with the building of the house, as are the extensive kitchen gardens. The house is shown in a illustration by Samual Heironymous Grimm in 1791 with some landscaping and woodland together with fencing surrounding the parkland to the south of the house.

Location information:

Address: Madehurst, Arundel, West Sussex

Locality: Arundel

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Arun; Madehurst

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU978097
Latitude: 50.8785 Longitude: -0.611244

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Site Style : Classical landscape

Site first created: 1780 to 1790

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1022

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