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Aldingbourne House (also known as Norton Place)

Introduction

The Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map shows established parkland and gardens around the house. The present house was built around 1800 for the Portsmouth merchant, Miles Rowe of Norton. The ownership of the site is now divided, with the principal building in use as residential flats.The extant of the remaining garden is unclear.

In 1999 the estate was sold in seven lots, the house for conversion into flats and the outbuildings into houses.
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History

The Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map shows established parkland and gardens around the house. The present house was built around 1800 for the Portsmouth merchant, Miles Rowe of Norton. It is a stock brick villa, possibly in imitation of Goodwood. It was formerly called Norton Place. The estate was sold in 1814 to Henry Thomas Howard, the younger brother of the Duke of Norfolk who greatly enlarged it. In 1834 it was sold to Richard Hasler and was passed to his son, William Wyndham Hasler.

The Tithe Map of 1846 notes the owner to be Richard Hasler and that he was in possession of the mansion, offices, yards, gardens, plantation, lodge, park and substantial farmland. The design is maintained in the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map which shows established parkland and gardens around the house. Horsfield notes that there were extensive views and that the grounds were laid out with great taste.

On 21 June 1921, Aldingbourne House became the property of West Sussex County Council, partly for small-holding purposes, and partly as a tuberculosis sanatorium. It was passed to the Government in 1946. Reference was made at the time to the original walled garden built of mellow brick, and beyond it the walled vegetable garden. The house was surrounded by levelled lawns studded with mature deciduous and coniferous trees, with open views to the parkland beyond.

Features & Designations

Designations

  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Grade: II

Features

  • Flats (featured building)
  • Description: It is a stock brick villa, possibly in imitation of Goodwood.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
  • Parkland
  • Gardens
Key Information

Type

Garden

Purpose

Ornamental Garden

Principal Building

Flats

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Aldingbourne

References

References

  • Dudley George Cary Elwes {A History of the Castles, Mansions and Manors of Western Sussex} (London, 1876)
  • Horsfield, Thomas Walker {The History, Antiquities, and Topography of the County of Sussex. [With plates and maps.] Volume 2} (Lewes: Sussex Press, 1835) 56

Contributors

  • Sussex Gardens Trust

  • Elizabeth O'Hea