Claremont Landscape Garden

One of the first and finest gardens of the English Landscape style

  • A tranquil oasis in urban Surrey
  • Parkland created by some of the great names in garden history
  • Unique 18th-century grass amphitheatre
  • Serpentine lake with a superb variety of waterfowl
  • Home to one of the finest Lebanese cedars in England

Summary

Claremont's creation and development involved some of the great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and 'Capability' Brown. The first gardens were begun c.1715 and since 1975 the Trust has been restoring this layout. The many features include a lake, island with pavilion, grotto, turf amphitheatre, viewpoints and vistas.

The history of the estate begins in 1709 when Sir John Vanbrugh - playwright, architect, courtier and spy - bought Chargate Farm and Wood, the "situation being singularly romantik". Vanbrugh designed and built himself an elegant retreat and probably began to layout the garden.

Queen Victoria spent some of the happiest days of her childhood and often visited Claremont, undertaking various horticultural and practical improvements. In 1879 she granted Claremont to her fourth son, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, whose family lived here until his wife's death in 1922.

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