TQ6914 : Front Water, Ashburnham Place

taken 7 years ago, near to Penhurst, East Sussex, Great Britain

Front Water, Ashburnham Place
Front Water, Ashburnham Place
Looking towards the 18th century grade II listed bridge that divides Front Water (seen here) from Broad Water, part of the Capability Brown landscaped grounds at Ashburnham Place, with a fine cedar tree on the right - for listing particulars for the bridge see LinkExternal link.
Ashburnham Place
Ashburnham Place was once one of the finest houses in South East England, the present building dating back to around the 1750s, following abandonment of the previous house in the 17th century. The grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown in 1777. The house saw a number of additions in the 18th and 19th centuries, including refacing in brick.

For most of its history, it was in the hands of the Ashburnham family. However, the last of the lineage died in 1953, when it was passed to a distant cousin, the Revd John Bickersteth. However, a combination of war damage (from a fully laden WWII bomber which had crashed nearby) and dry rot meant that major repairs were needed, in addition to which there were substantial death duties to pay. To meet the latter the major art collection was sold off along with half the estate. Because of the repair costs, much of the house was demolished in 1959, including the upper storeys, leaving only two storeys of the central block and one storey of the side wings. The much reduced house was then given to a trust, the Ashburnham Christian Trust, which now operates it as a Christian conference centre.

The house is grade II listed for listing particulars see LinkExternal link.
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TQ6914, 41 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
Category
Lake   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 691 144 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:54.2982N 0:24.2619E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 691 146
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