Swaylands, Penshurst / Bidborough - Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells

Diminutive but important for its terraced gardens and pleasure grounds, including extensive rockwork developed in the late C19. With the house converted into apartments, the addition of several major new buildings, access roads and car parking the gardens are managed but developing piecemeal with new leisure facilities and tree planting threatening their significance and character. Understanding the significance of the lower lake, farm and kitchen garden which are in separate ownership, much neglected and subject to change through development is imperitive to ensure appropriate stewardship.

Swaylands, Penshurst / Bidborough - Sevenoaks / Tunbridge Wells
© Historic England

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:
    High
    Trend:
    Improving
    Ownership:
    Private, multiple owners
    Designation:
    Registered Park and Garden grade II, 4 LBs