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Brief description of site

The site has been transformed a number of times since the 18th century. The gardens were most recently laid out by Lanning Roper in the 1970s. Features include a number of garden rooms, terraces, a lake, gothic summer house and a Chinese bridge.

Brief history of site

A map of 1652 shows a square house with an enclosed inner court. Apart from the orchard, little in the way of gardens is evident. A gate together with brick piers front the road, with a grass court leading to the house. A warren is shown to the east, between the house and the river. In the late-1940s the house was made over to the National Trust who leased it to Mr Simon Sainsbury until his death in 2006.

Location information:

Address: Woolbeding, Chichester, West Sussex, GU29 9RR

Locality: Chichester

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Woolbeding

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU 873227
Latitude: 50.9971 Longitude: -0.75734

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This site opened to the public for the first time in 2010. For details see the National Trust website.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolbeding-gardens/opening-times/

Key information:

Form of site: compartment

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1652

Main period of development: Late 20th century

Survival: Extant

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