Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Elizabethan Garden

The gateway which leads into this prestigious garden is set within Grade II listed walls.

These date back to at least 1570, the era of Elizabeth I and give the garden its name.

By Victorian times the condition of the garden walls, along with the castle, had fallen into decline. In 1910 the castle and its estate were bought by Lieutenant Claude Lowther who began the painstaking process of restoring the site to its present-day splendour.

The garden’s two impressive lawns are known as the Croquet Lawns and Queens Walk, the path dividing the lawns, is bordered by English yew hedges and English lavender. In front of the castle eight Irish yew trees stand at the top of the dry moat.

The two deep borders which frame the lawns are mainly planted with herbaceous perennials providing a rich variety of colour and texture from early spring into the autumn. Spring colour is afforded by the stunning pink tulip like flowers of the two Saucer magnolia trees in each of the borders.

Growing against the walls on either side of the steps at the far end of this garden are Vielchenblau rambling roses, producing an abundance of clusters of magenta blooms in early summer.

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  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Two picnic lawns

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