Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum 5628

Lewes, East Sussex,, Wealden, East Sussex, England

Brief Description

The formal gardens behind the house were started in 1953 within a framework of brick walls. Planting took place within a number of room-like enclosures bounded by yew hedges and incorporating existing old yew trees.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open daily between March and October, and at weekends through the winter. Please see: http://www.bentley.org.uk/#/openingtimes/4525140930 More information

Detailed Description

The formal gardens behind the house were started in 1953 within a framework of brick walls. Planting took place within a number of room-like enclosures bounded by yew hedges and incorporating existing old yew trees. Each of these areas has a separate character, for example the French garden, the white garden and the blue garden. In this the Askews were influenced by the gardens at Hidcote and, especially Sissinghurst.
Features

Style

  • Formal
  • Hedge
  • Description: Yew hedges.
  • Planting
  • Description: The French Garden.
  • Planting
  • Description: The White Garden.
  • Planting
  • Description: The Blue Garden.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open daily between March and October, and at weekends through the winter. Please see: http://www.bentley.org.uk/#/openingtimes/4525140930

Directions

http://www.bentley.org.uk/#/openingtimes/4525140930
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Framfield
History

Detailed History

Christopherson (1996) says that the site was originally a farm, and was bought by Gerald Askew in 1937. Together he and his wife enlarged the house, created a garden (Huxley, 1973) and started a collection of wildfowl. Gerald Askew died in 1970 and in 1978 his widow gave the property to East Sussex County Council, who opened it to the public (publicity notice included in file documents).
References

References

  • Christopherson, I. {Bentley Farm. Hindsight } (Uckfield & District Preservation Society, 2, 1996) 59-60Bentley Farm. Hindsight

Contributors

  • Shirley Penny

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  • Sussex Gardens Trust