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|About||Buckhurst Park is an English country house and landscaped park near Withyham, East Sussex. It is the seat of William Sackville, 11th Earl De La Warr.|
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Buckhurst Park. Buckhurst has belonged to my family for more than 900 years. In the reign of William the conqueror, it formed part of the Estate of Ralph de Dene (whose grandfather was Cupbearer to King Edward the Confessor) that was recorded in the Doomsday Book, and it passed to the Sackville family – Lords Buckhurst, Earls and Dukes of Dorset, and Earls De La Warr – through the marriage of Ralph’s descendant, Ela de Dene to Jordan de Sackville in 1140.
The history of Buckhurst and the Sackville family has been woven into English history ever since. Sackvilles fought with distinction at Agincourt, Poitiers and Crecy. In the reign of King Henry VIII, John Sackville married Margaret, the daughter of his neighbour, Sir William Boleyn; her nieces were Anne – the future Queen Anne Boleyn – and Mary (played by Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johanssen in the 2008 film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl) who would have known and visited Buckhurst as girls. Margaret’s grandson, Thomas Sackville, Lord Treasurer, was therefore one of the closest relations of Queen Elizabeth I and was ennobled by her as Lord Buckhurst and by King James I as 1st Earl of Dorset. Elizabeth herself visited and hunted at Buckhurst: a royal connection that has been continued by Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the late Princess Margaret who all visited and planted trees.
Unique History of the Gardens and Estate
The origins of the current house at Buckhurst date from 1603, although it has been improved and altered at various stages since then. Most notably, the park was laid out by Humphrey Repton in the eighteenth century, and in the early twentieth century, Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to add a large wing and, with some planting by Gertrude Jekyll, a formal terraced garden; the greater part of the Lutyens wing was largely taken down by the 10th Earl but the gardens remain and are my wife’s particular joy. Perhap