Swaylands, Penshurst / Bidborough - Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells

Small landscape park with terraced gardens and pleasure grounds, including extensive rockwork developed in the late C19. Now split into several ownerships with the house converted into apartments development of residential facilities is fragmenting the park and inappropriate forms of management may precipitate loss of historic design integrity. Understanding the presentation of the lower lake and kitchen garden as part of the parkland landscape, which are in separate ownership, much neglected and subject to change through development is also imperitive to ensure appropriate stewardship.

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Swaylands
    Heritage Category:
    Registered Park and Garden grade II
    List Entry Number:
    1001280
    Local Planning Authority:
    Sevenoaks
    Site Type:
    Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden

Location

    County:
    Kent
    District / Borough:
    Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
    Parish:
    Penshurst / Bidborough
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Tonbridge and Malling / Tunbridge Wells
    Region:
    London and South East

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Park and garden
    Condition:
    Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
    Vulnerability:
    Medium
    Trend:
    Stable
    Ownership:
    Private, multiple owners
    Designation:
    Registered Park and Garden grade II, 4 LBs

Contact Details

Kay Richardson 0207 973 3647