REGISTERED parks and gardens in Surrey
Alphabetically listed below are the 40 gardens, parks and cemeteries of national significance in Surrey that appear in the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. There are approximately 1600 registered parks and gardens in the UK on the Register. These are graded Grade I, sites of exceptional interest, Grade II*, particularly important sites of more than special interest and Grade II, sites of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. A historic designed landscape on the Register is a 'designated heritage asset'. Research by Surrey Gardens Trust's researchers and recorders of the nationally important sites, Nonsuch, Ashtead, Gatton, Bagshot, Frimley and Farnham Parks and Sutton Place provided the necessary information for these to be included on the Register following the original compilation in the 1980s.
We have included a full list of the parks and gardens included on the Historic England heritage list**. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Research and Recording Group if you would like any further information. We have also included links to useful sites relevant to each property. The symbols are defined above for ease of reference.
** The list below will be expanded over the coming weeks to complete the full list
A mid 17th century terrace, bath house and tunnel, surviving from a garden designed by John Evelyn, with mid 19th century exotic tree planting by Henry Drummond set within a park of 17th century origin.
Private: NGS opening
A 17th century park, developed during the 18th century and 19th century by successive owners.
Open access to northern part (Mole Valley District Council), southern part is City of London Freemen’s School
Bagshot Park, Windlesham
Mid Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds belonging to the Duke of Connaught, set in parkland reimparked in the late 17th century, and incorporating pleasure grounds of the early 19th century laid out for the Duchess of Gloucester.
BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, BROOKWOOD
The largest cemetery in England, founded in 1852 to house London’s dead, serviced by its own railway line and laid out and planted to J C Loudon's principles.
Regular Openings (Woking Borough Council)
Busbridge Lakes, Busbridge
A collection of mid 18th century follies set within a secluded steep-sided valley containing a chain of lakes. Original house demolished and present Edwardian house on site to the north.
Occasional openings of garden, house not open (site in a number of different ownerships)
Clandon Park, Guildford
Gardens and pleasure grounds within a landscaped park, circa 1776-81, by Lancelot Brown replacing the early 18th century formal gardens. Gardens further developed in the late 19th century, with advice by a Mr Nesfield, and in the late 20th century
National Trust (house and immediate grounds), rest in private ownership
Extensive and complex pleasure grounds and park around a country mansion. Main phases 18th century and early 19th century, with early 18th century work by Sir John Vanbrugh with Charles Bridgeman and possibly Stephen Switzer, and William Kent with Thomas Greening; mid 18th century work by Lancelot Brown; and early 19th century work by J W Hiort, J B Papworth, and A C Pugin. Claremont was highly influential in the English landscape movement during the 18th century.
Deepdene (including Chart parks), Dorking
Pleasure grounds first laid out by Charles Howard in the early 1650s. Further developed in the late C18 and early C19 by Thomas Hope. Chart Park initially added to the estate in 1671, separated in 1718 but reunited in 1814.
Farnham park, Farnham
A 14th-century deer park associated with 12th/13th-century Farnham Castle and laid out as a landscape park by Bishop North in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The early 19th-century pleasure grounds within the curtain wall of the castle survive in part, as do those around the Ranger’s House in the centre of the park.
Waverley Borough Council
Frimley Park, Camberley
Formal gardens to a design of 1920 by Edward White of the firm Milner, Son and White, accompanying a country house, surrounded by C19 pleasure grounds and parkland.
Cadets Training Centre
great fosters, egham
A 16th-century house with formal gardens laid out in 1918 by W H Romaine-Walker in partnership with G H Jenkins, incorporating earlier features.
greathed Manor, lingfield
Early C20 formal gardens, possibly designed by Harold Peto, set in a park associated with a country house.
Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford
Park with probably late 18th-century origins improved following the commissioning of a Red Book from Humphry Repton in 1800, associated with Grade I listed house. Its garden and pleasure grounds include mid-18th-century features and a formal garden of 1914 by Gertrude Jekyll.
Jellicoe roof garden, Guildford
Roof garden of 1956-7 by Geoffrey Jellicoe for Harvey’s department store in Guildford.
Littleworth cross (previously heathersett), seale and sands
A woodland garden containing notable late 19th-century rhododendron hybrids, and the site of the first meeting of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens.
Lower gatton park, reigate
Park and pleasure grounds forming the setting for a country house, with improvements to the existing part in the 1760s and 70s by Lancelot Brown; mid-19th-century remodelling around the house. Gardens remodelled in the late 19th-century by H E Milner, and further elaborated during early 20th century.
Public footpath across site. Part National Trust, part Royal Alexandra & Albert School. Regular openings
merrow grange, guildford
Mid-19th-century formal gardens, with late-19th-century and early-20th-century picturesque pleasure grounds and associated artificial rockwork by Messrs James Pulham and planting by James Veitch and Son.
moor park, farnham
Remains of late-17th-century formal garden layout by Sir William Temple, extended early 18th century, set in informal grounds with 19th century planting.
Munstead wood, busbridge
The late-19th/early-20th-century home and garden created and lived in by Gertrude Jekyll for over fifty years, the house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Nonsuch park, cuddington
The site of the Tudor palace of Nonsuch, and accompanying gardens, is within Henry VIII’s much larger Little Park, disparked in the late 17th century and early 18th century. The present mansion was at one time the home of Thomas Whately, author of Observations on Modern Gardening, 1770, who was responsible for making improvements to the existing gardens.
Open access (Epsom & Ewell Borough Council)
Virginia water (including fort belvedere and the clockcase), egham
A landscaped lake, created for the first Duke of Cumberland circa 1750 by Henry Flitcroft as part of Windsor Great Park. It was the largest artificial lake of its day. The lake was enlarged and further landscaped, partly by Thomas Sandby, for George III, circa 1780s. The area was again embellished by George IV in the mid 1820s.
Open access to Virginia Water only. The Royal Estate, Windsor.