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Brief description of site

Charleston Manor has a garden inspired and influenced by Vita Sackville-West, Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Harold Hillier. The garden, which occupies about 4 hectares and was laid out in the 1930s, is divided into several areas and features abundant planting. The garden sits in a wider landscape of wooded grounds and farmland of 23 hectares.

Brief history of site

Charleston was an agricultural farmstead, which was empty by 1931. It was then bought by the painter Sir Oswald Birley and his wife, who commissioned the architect and garden designer Walter Hindes Godfrey to refurbish the house and lay out the garden.

Location information:

Address: Charleston Manor, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AJ

Locality: Seaford

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Wealden; Cuckmere Valley

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ521 006
Latitude: 50.785 Longitude: 0.156322

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1930 to 1939

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4

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