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Brief description of site

Restoration House is a grade I listed mansion of medieval origin with an enclosed, interconnecting, walled and terraced garden which forms an integral part of the mansion’s historic architecture. Significant surviving features, supported by archaeological evidence, pay testament to the garden’s historic integrity, and these include the remains of rare, late medieval to early Tudor stone walls, and a late Tudor diaper-brick wall. There are five distinct areas of the garden: a small front garden to the west of the house; two interlinked walled areas immediately to the east of the house which together form the immediate rear garden; a walled area to the south of this, currently (2014) being laid out as an enclosed, late Renaissance-style water garden; a further walled area to the far east currently (2014) planned as a new orchard.

Brief history of site

The earliest recorded date of origin for Restoration House is 1454, but it was built substantially in several phases between the late C16 and the late C17. Cumulative archaeological evidence (Rumley, Keevill) verifies that a late C15 or early C16 terraced garden, enclosed by inner and outer walls, once existed at Restoration House. The house and gardens were later split into two properties. In 1994, the present owners took possession and began a programme of restoration to the c0.25ha neglected garden, resulting in two interlinked walled gardens on several levels, reflecting various phases of its history.

Location information:

Address: Crow Lane, ME1 1RF

Locality: Rochester

Local Authorities:

Medway

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 178 Grid Ref: TQ743682
Latitude: 51.3861 Longitude: 0.503541

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Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: mansion house

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Reconstructed

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