Godmersham Park, Kent

The image above will be familiar from the £10 note. This is an engraving from 1785, the river Stour on the left, the mansion in the middle, deer in the foreground, sheep grazing on Godmersham Down behind. Today the scene is not dissimilar. 

Godmersham through the ages


18th Century

Godmersham Park was built in 1732, replacing an earlier Elizabethan house. 


19th Century

In 1794 the Godmersham estate was inherited by Jane Austen's brother Edward from a cousin by whose family he had been adopted. Jane was a frequent visitor between 1798 and 1813. Godmersham is believed to be the inspiration for Mansfield Park.



In 1935 the house was sold to Mr and Mrs Robert Tritton who employed Walter Sarrel to restore the house and Norah Lindsay advised on restoration of the walled gardens. This painting by Rex Whistler shows the Tritton's in the garden. 



The 1785 engraving by Watts of Godmersham features on the 'Jane Austen' £10 note.