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Dunorlan Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Dunorlan Park is a park and grounds in Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK.Totalling approximately 78 acres (31 hectares) and containing a 6acre lake, the grounds were landscaped by Robert Marnock for Henry Reed, the merchant and philanthropist who owned the estate and the now-demolished house that once overlooked it.HistoryDunorlan is BuiltFirst record of the land is under the name of Burnthouse or Calverly Manor Farm which appears on a Tunbridge Wells map produced by John Bowra in 1738. After the death of the owner, a Mr Thomas Panuwell, in 1823, the farm was purchased by a land developer called John Ward, who intended to build a 1000acre Calverly Estate to rival the lower village of Tunbridge Wells which was centred around the spring in the Pantiles.However, in the 1850s the farmhouse and lands were purchased by Henry Reed who was the driving force behind the park as it stands today. Mr Reed demolished the house that stood on the grounds and built his own mansion, completed in 1862, which he named Dunorlan. In a sale brochure of 1871/2 the mansion was described as "a most elegant and substantial mansion, erected... entirely of Normandy stone, in the Italian style of architecture, finished throughout in the most perfect manner, and in every way adapted for the comfort and enjoyment of a nobleman or gentleman of fortune". However, Mr Reed was "not at all satisfied with the house" on its completion and during its construction "he was not at all satisfied with the plan. The architect, however, said that his reputation was at stake and he would not have anything altered". As his family grew, he decided to pull down part of the building and erect a new wing. The 1881 Census (the house at this point now belonging to the Collins family) shows the house to have operated with 11 servants, a testament to its size.
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  • i love this park which has a nice walk around the lake, boating facilities and a lovely little cafe. loads of trees to climb for kids and nice overall facilities. 
  • I have been here countless times. It is a beautiful park. I used to run in the mornings and it was so peaceful. It is lovely all year round for walks. In the summer I recommend using the pedalos or ro...  read more »
  • Lovely park near Tunbridge Wells centre, very nice playground for children, you can rent a boat in the little lake for a relaxing time in a sunny day. Good for jogging, for a pic-nic or just for a rea...  read more »
  • Beautiful park with a lake, flowers, play area and beautiful buildings set up the hill from the lake. Good for children, dog walking, relaxation and natural beauty.
  • This is the most beautiful Park in Tunbridge Wells. Plenty of space for picnicking and games. There is also a playground area for children and a lake with plenty to do, including pedal boating or kayaking. Perfect family day out.
  • Nice place for all the family. Nice ride on the boats. Has public loos, nice cafe and great for walks!
  • Race for life was amazing once again this year in this amazing park
  • Today is the 25/12/2015 A look on their website to see if park is open. Simply says "Open 9 am to 6 pm. Christmas might affect these hours" What an inane remark. You would have thought that in these times they could have stated a precise time of opening and closing. Is that really the best they can do ?
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