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Brief description of site

West Ashling Park is a mid-19th-century park which has recently been improved. There is a great variety of trees in the park among which are Ash, Beech, Hawthorne, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, and Sycamore. Near to the house are Eucalyptus and Maple, while Alder and Yew are to be found near the ponds on the western side. Many of the trees date from the early days of the Park and are now mature specimens. A lake has been constructed, intended to provide a natural habitat for wildlife. A number of mixed borders have been created in the area to the south-west of the house.

Brief history of site

A house in the position of the present one is shown on the Enclosure Map of 1822, where the plot is described as a manor house and pleasure grounds. However, the surrounding fields which were later to form the park all appear to be in agricultural use. The park is, however, clearly visible in the 1875 Ordnance Survey Map. This map names the house as West Ashling House and a significant area is given over to parkland, dotted with trees and paths, which can be clearly distinguished from the surrounding farmland.

Location information:

Address: West Ashling, Chichester, PO18 8DP

Locality: Chichester

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Funtington; Bosham

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU811075
Latitude: 50.8613 Longitude: -0.849048

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1875

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

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