The Garth Pleasure Ground

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The Garth, Newchapel Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6BJ
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English Heritage Building ID: 287472 Grade II*

The Garth is located on the west side of Lingfield, a beautiful old village first mentioned in the tenth century.

Mature 9 acre Pleasure Grounds created by Arts and Crafts distinguished buildings and landscape architect Walter Godfrey in 1919 present an idyllic setting surrounding the former parish workhouse refurbished in Edwardian style. The formal gardens, enchanting nuttery, a spinney with many mature trees and a pond attract wildlife. Wonderful bluebells in spring. The woodland gardens and beautiful borders full of colour and fragrance for year-round pleasure.

The gardens are always evolving. The grounds are open in May, June and July every year as as part of the Historic Houses Scheme ( entrance free for members ) and on other dates for the NGS. Also for group visits by prior arrangements. Please check our website for details.

The Garth Pleasure Grounds created by Walter Godfrey in 1919 is full of history, variety and charm

The origins of The Garth go back to 1729, when the Lingfield parish drew up a contract with a local carpenter, Thomas Stanford, to build a new workhouse at a cost of £290. It was sold by the Charity Commissioners in 1850 to Mr Cross, who divided it into 6 cottages. It was then purchased in 1918 by Stanley Hazell, by which time it was in a state of disrepair and contained squatters. Hazell employed a distinguished architect, antiquarian and a garden designer, Walter H Godfrey (1881-1961) to convert it into a single house. ' Walter H Godfrey, who had particular associations with the Society for Preservation of Ancient Buildings carefully restored a number of notable historic buildings, including Herstmonceux Castle and Anne of Cleves House in Sussex and the Temple Church, Chelsea Old Church and Crosby Hall in London. Stanley Hazell was a successful financier and a local historian. In 1933 he published a book called 'History of Lingfield' covering the local area and documenting its past. He also had a passion for interesting and exotic plants. Horticulturists will appreciate a few adult species of trees Hazell collected since 1919 from the Mediterranean and Far East. Visitors interested in the past of the old workhouse will be able to travel back in history by looking through records which we will make available on request including a few historic items previously found. Godfrey designed the Pleasure Grounds including gardens and various features in the grounds of The Garth, such as a terrace, gazebo, pergola, the courtyard bench, small fountain, bird bath, well and ornate iron entrance gates. The gardens have been altered and greatly simplified in the later 20th century. A plan of 1922, however suggests that they retain many key features of his design. The 9 acre gardens are subdivided into many separate 'rooms', often by hedges or walls, and with paths linking the individual areas. The gardens are designed to relax, delight and surprise. The gardens are always evolving.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.00 per person

Historic House members go free

Christmas Special: £10 per adult, kids half price

Directions

Road Directions

From A22 take B2028 by the Mormon Temple to Lingfield. The Garth is nearly opposite the Barge Tiles shop

Public Transport Directions

Trains from London Victoria/Clapham Junction or London Bridge to East Grinstead stop  at Lingfield. The station is 1 mile from the Garth.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility - partial for wheelchair access in woodland, Iris and Secret Gardens

Catering

  • Café
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Public toilets
  • Shop - Seasonal plant sales

Key Features

  • In countryside - Bluebell woodland walks in spring, splash of orange in summer, mature trees, many architectural features and formal gardens designed by Walter Godfrey. Horticulturists will appreciate a few adult species of exotic trees Mr Hazell, then the owner, collected since 1919 from the Mediterranean and the Far East.
  • Mobile Phone Reception
  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Public Car Park in Gunpit Road in Lingfield (10 min walk)
  • Parking (free) - for the first 3 hours and on Sundays

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - by prior arrangement
  • Guided tours by arrangement

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Opening Times

Historic Houses Days* (16 May 2022 - 29 May 2022)
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Historic Houses Days* (5 June 2022 - 12 June 2022)
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Christmas Special (11 Dec 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
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* Historic Houses members free on these days

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