Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

A few weeks ago I had wondered what the old sandstone quarry in Tunbridge Wells, that gave it’s name to Quarry Road, had looked like.

Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst, still has it’s sandstone quarry. The new house, shown here above the quarry, was built about 1838 for Edward Hussey. The architect, Anthony Salvin, used the very nearby sandstone for the house, and then the quarry was landscaped by William Sawrey Gilpin into a romantic style garden.

The first, original castle was demolished on purpose to make a romantic ruin, that forms part of the view from the house over the garden. Now a National Trust property, more details and information about the Hussey family, can be found on the National trust website.

The gardens, full of rhododendrons and azaleas, is incredibly colourful at the moment, and lots of beautiful dragonflies were flying around the moat. The cafe also sells some lovely cream teas and homemade cakes!

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