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Brief description of site

Sharnden is an early-20th century garden laid out with extensive terraces and glades by the garden designer Percy Cane to the south and east of a late-19th-century house. Other features include paved and lavender walks, a kitchen garden, a gatehouse and a lake.

Brief history of site

There was a partly moated manor house on an adjacent site from the 15th-century onwards. In 1894, a shooting lodge was built on high ground to the north-west of the manor house. By 1909 the lodge was known as Sharnden. Glasshouses were erected in the nearby early-19th-century partly walled kitchen garden. In the 1920s, new owners commissioned the garden designer Percy Cane to create gardens to the south-east.

Location information:

Address: Rushers Cross, Mayfield, TN20 6PY

Locality: Royal Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Mayfield and Five

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ605284
Latitude: 51.0326 Longitude: 0.287602

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1894 to 1929

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 11

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