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Tilgate Park, Crawley

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Tilgate Park is a large park situated in Tilgate, South-East Crawley. It is the largest and most popular park in the area. Although it is mostly associated with the area surrounding Tilgate Lake, a large area of the park is also silvicultural forest, there is also a Local Nature Reserve called Tilgate Nature Centre for protected and endangered species.Originally a 2185acre part of the Worth Forest, the park and the surrounding areas (including the modern day Furnace Green, Three Bridges and part of the Ashdown Forest) were part of the larger Tilgate estate, first recorded in 1647. From that time, industries including Ironworks and furnaces were dismantled and replaced by a landed working estate.The manor of Tilgate was bought by Sir Edward Culpeper and Sir Walter Covert, who owned the manor of nearby Slaugham, from Edward Nevill, 8th Baron Bergavenny in 1566. The manor house, known as Tilgate Mansion, was probably built by 1647. The manor passed with that of Slaugham down the Covert family line, before passing to another family, the Sergisons, in 1702. After a successon of owners in the early 19th century, it was purchased in 1862 by a wealthy businessman from India, George Ashburner.
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  • In the summer we came to Tilgate Park for the day. It's a lovely place with a great adventure park. It has Go Ape and a Smith and Western restaurant. There's a massive lake where you can fish and plen...  more »
  • It's a lovely day out with the kids they have plenty of things there.the only thing I didn't like Was The Smell of the Pigs.Enjoy 
  • Tilgate Park is a lovely place for residents of Crawley and Gatwick area to go to, to chill out, to relax and get away from the urban environment. Get away from the noise and dirt and general pollutio...  more »
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  • Tilgate is great for the family, there are a few sites and little walk for all the family, the animal enclosure is pretty good and have plenty of animals. there is always activities going by on up the park. And on the lake. Good area to fish. Go ape. Nature walks. Park, wildlife, Smith and western, pet friendly, plenty of parking, forrest schools and clubs, educating developing environment. And recently a popular attention for people playing pokemon go
  • Beautiful place, for a nice walk, time with the family and feeding ducks. Also have canoeing and other outdoor sports.
  • Great day out in the sun, for kids and adults alike.
  • Nice and peaceful place
  • There is a fantastic Go Ape site and rowing site! Lovely♥