Burningfold Manor and Gardens

Burningfold Manor (Surrey History Centre ref. CC1101/3/Box39 Dunsfold/Folder 1)

Burningfold Manor
(Surrey History Centre ref. CC1101/3/Box39 Dunsfold/Folder 1)

Burningfold Manor, formerly Burningfold Farm, was part of the medieval Burningfold estate which was situated in the village of Dunsfold. At its height, the estate comprised some 1641 acres with 800 acres of woodland. The house at Burningfold Manor was originally constructed in the 16th century, although there were some extensive structural modifications in the 19th and early 20th century. Architect Harold Chalton Bradshaw designed the alterations on the manor in the 1920s. It may have been these works, which prompted the development of the gardens surrounding the manor. Interestingly, Bradshaw and Gertrude Jekyll were both thought to have created designs for a formal garden. Extensive plans of the garden by Gertrude Jekyll designed in 1922 still exist although there is no evidence that these plans were ever implemented in the garden.

Original features of the manor garden include a walled flower garden, a productive kitchen garden, a tennis lawn, an old yew tree, herbaceous borders, yew hedges, and an ornamental garden with adjoining rose and ornamental beds. Later features include a library garden and the walled swimming pool garden. The woodland on the estate comprises oak and ash plantations, which (in 1996) was controlled by a woodland management policy programme.

Despite the uncertainty of the garden designer, the 20th century gardens were created to compliment the house in grandeur and awe. However, the modern garden has not incorporated the original features and very little survives of the 19th / 20th century garden.

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7 thoughts on “Burningfold Manor and Gardens”

  1. Geoff Thomson says:

    I used to have a friend by the name of Nigel Williams. His sister and her husband used to own Burningfold Manor. I have lost contact with him. It would be good to know his whereabouts if anyone knows where his sister is now?
    Geoff Thomson

    1. Belle says:

      Hi Geoff!
      Im not certain but i believe that to be my great uncle! He moved to Australia about 30 years ago?
      Im not sure if you still want contact details, but if you provide me with yours i can pass them along?

    2. Jo says:

      I would love to know where he is too. Many years ago I heard he was in Wales.

  2. Geoff Thomson says:


    Thanks Belle, I found Nigel. Unbelievable after nearly
    40 years! We both emigrated to Australia in the 1960’s
    and he was the first friend I had when we lived near
    Balmoral Beach in Sydney.


  3. C F Kemp says:

    My great grandfather, Henry Martin Agate was a farm Bailiff at Burningfold Farm My grandmother, Frances Elizabeth Agate was born there in 1879. I have a photo of their home which I am quite willing to forward. Any details of the family there would be most appreciated. I especially would love to locate a photo of my great grandfather and his family. Please advise if the photograph their home is of interest to you, and I will email it to you.

    Carolyn Kemp

    1. Jess Muddle says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      My husband Richard and I are the current owners for Burningfold Manor and been here for 20 years. We would love a photograph please of what is like back then. I look forward to hearing from you.
      Many thanks,
      Jess Muddle

      1. CF Kemp says:

        Hi Jess, I will certainly be pleased to forward the photograph I have. I’m not sure how to get it to you, though. I’m quite willing to send you my email address so we can contact and I can send you the photo I have. If you have any access to old photos of the staff at Burningfold, I’d be most interested in contacting you.

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