Thursday, 26 April 2012

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Photograph Details: Nikon D7000 Focal length 45mm ISO-100 exp: 1/320 f5.6

I mentioned the origins of the name Scotney in this post, but what about the name Lamberhurst? Well it comes from the anglo-saxon Lambra hurst, which means the wooded hill where lambs are found. Easy! It is first recorded around the year 1100 as Lamburherste

After the Darrell family had owned the estate from 1411, the grounds of Scotney Castle passed to the Hussey family after Edward Hussey bought it in 1778. His grandson (Edward III) began building the new manor house after commissioning Anthony Salvin. It was build out of sandstone quarried from nearby. The quarry then subsequently formed the "quarry garden" where a 1 million year old iguanadon footprint can be seen. 

The new manor house was completed in 1843, and the older elements of the estate (the old castle) were left to create a feature of the garden. The Eastern wing was left for the bailiffs accommodation until 1905. Edward Hussey I committed suicide close by the old castle with a blunderbuss.

The grandson of Edward III was called Christopher Edward Clive Hussey and it was he who inherited the castle in 1952. Along with Elizabeth (his wife) he set about further improvements of the grounds to provide more colour year round. Upon Christopher's death in 1970, the house and estate passed to the National Trust although Betty lived in the house until her death in 2006. She was 99 years old.

See part I of my basic history of Scotney Castle here:

For many grete benefetis by hym done in dyverse wises to the same John Assheburnham

Useful links:
National Trust Website
Scotney Castle on the National Trust Website
Scotney Castle on Twitter
Scotney Castle on Facebook

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