Cleeve Park Gardens, DA14

Place Name

A misspelling of Cleve. Named after London pewter manufacturer and pamphleteer Bourchier Cleve (AD1715 -AD1760). Sometime around AD1755 he acquired an estate once owned by Sir Francis Walsingham. He demolished the old house, and commissioned Isaac Ware to design a Palladian mansion of freestone. The gardens of which are now Foots Cray Meadows. Kent historian Hasted later wrote: “Built after the model, though with some alterations, of the late Earl of Westmoreland’s seat at Mereworth.”

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