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Sissinghurst Castle.

This gatehouse was constructed around 1550 by Thomas Baker and later further extended by his son John. Although referred too as a castle records suggest that the site of the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle was occupied by a fortified manor house in the late C12. By the middle of the C13 the property belonged to the de Bereham family who held it until Henry de Bereham sold it to Thomas Baker c 1490. The Bakers became very wealthy and in the mid C16, Sir John Baker was Chancellor of the Exchequer. Their fortunes declined however during the Civil War when they backed the Royalist cause, and by the late C17 Sissinghurst was in serious decline. From 1756 to 1763 the property was let to the government as a military prison resulting in considerable damage. In 1764, at the end of the Seven Years War, the property was purchased by Edward Louisa Mann of Linton Park (qv) whose nephew, Sir Horace Mann, largely demolished the house, the remnants being used as the parish poorhouse. The Mann family estates, including Sissinghurst, passed through marriage to the Cornwallis family in 1814. They sold the Sissinghurst estate in 1903 to Barton Cheeseman who sold it on to another farmer, William Wilmshurst, in 1926. His son put it up for sale in 1928 and it was bought two years later by the writer and gardener Vita Sackville West and her husband, the diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson. On Vita's death in 1962, the Castle and gardens were bequeathed to her younger son, Nigel Nicolson and in 1967 these, together with surrounding farmland, passed to the National Trust, in whose ownership they remain.
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I last posted a image of this grassy bank just after it had been planted about two years ago, last weekend I thought I would pay another visit too see how it had matured. The grasses had bushed out more but other than that little had changed except for the bull rushes at the edge of the pond have grown taller.

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The White Garden Sissinghurst.

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The White Garden Sissinghurst.
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Euphorbia x Martini (Spurge)

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Added photos to LPS Event #104: Three of a Kind.

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Added photos to LPC Event #103: The Changing Seasons.

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Red and Gold,
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Small white butterfly on lobelia.
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