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The Mount, Durgates 5537


The site has an Italianate Victorian house. A tall brick tower and octagonal brick chapel were added in 1881. The 1962 Ordnance Survey map shows that extensive earlier fishponds survived at least into the late-20th-century.

The 1st edition Ordnance Survey map shows that the house had a circle of gardens with a perimeter path around it. To the west was a circular formal feature reached by a straight drive. There were extensive greenhouses or conservatories attached to the western side of the house, and a free-standing greenhouse to the south. This may be in an orchard, as there are formal straight paths. There were extensive fishponds to the north-east.

The 1962 Ordnance Survey map shows the Victorian chapel and the fishponds. An extra pond had been added between the two earlier ones.

  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The house is in Italianate style.
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  • Fishpond
  • Description: There are three fishponds, two of which may be of medieval origin.
  • Chapel
  • Description: Octagonal brick chapel.
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Civil Parish

  • Wadhurst

Detailed History

The principal building is an Italianate Victorian house, which became the novitiate house of the Fathers of Charity. In 1881, Bernard Whelan added a tall brick tower and an octagonal brick chapel like a chapter house.



  • Claire Ryley

  • Sussex Gardens Trust