Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst / Frant - Tunbridge Wells / Wealden

Late C19 mansion gardens with formal terraces and informal pleasure ground all set within a Humphry Repton park focused on the abbey ruins. The property was divided and sold in the 1970s and has become further fragmented since then. English Heritage Trust looks after the abbey ruins but fragmentation of ownership and management has severely compromised the intergrity of this significant picturesque landscape. Co-ordinated action is needed to understand and conserve the overall significance of the designed landscape and its setting, part of which lies in East Sussex and part in Kent.

Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst / Frant - Tunbridge Wells / Wealden
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Bayham Abbey
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1000257
  • Local Planning Authority: Tunbridge Wells
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park


  • County: Kent / East Sussex
  • District / Borough: Tunbridge Wells / Wealden
  • Parish: Lamberhurst / Frant
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Tunbridge Wells
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Mixed, multiple owners
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, 8 LBs, SM