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That makes the origin of the avenue at least coeval with Sir John Norton 1619-1689, who lies in the church, if not with the earlier Richard Norton (who died before 1556), who is commemorated by a tomb erected about 1530.
Not all of the 18th-century trees survived the gales of 1987 but those that fell have been replanted. The garden around the house covers about 12 acres and is listed Grade II by English Heritage.
The following is from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
For the most up-to-date Register entry, please visit the The National Heritage List for England (NHLE): An early 19th-century walled pleasure ground set within a park of medieval origin which was developed in the mid-18th century with formal avenues and allées within woodland and which was enlarged and laid out in a picturesque manner in the early 19th century.
The name is thought to have derived from the Latin plectia meaning twined or plaited hedge.
The 1948 Country Life article describes the unusual beech aisles within the woods.
The driveway to the house follows a gradual curve, losing site of the house which comes back into view after crossing a bridge across a small ravine.
Before 1815 the house seems to have been outwardly Georgian but incorporating the walls and courtyard of a Tudor building.
In assessing the age of the oldest, the vogue for pleached alleys must be borne in mind as well as the apparent age of the trees, which looks no more than 150 years.Much of this remains, as do her notes in the Rotherfield archives.Other features include a ha-ha, the remains of an ice house, a lime avenue, clipped yews, orchards and a nut maze.At 600 feet above sea level, it is very exposed but this prevents damage by late frosts which roll down to East Tisted.It includes an acre of walled garden, within which the vegetables are planted according to the phases of the moon.