Last night, 70 excited visitors to the beautiful Fetcham Park House got their chance to hear historian Alexander Bagnall give a fascinating talk celebrating the launch of his new book: “The Deepdene: A Landscape Rediscovered”
Audience members were entertained with excerpts and stories that inspired this new publication, exploring the rich history of the owners of the Deepdene Estate and recent unearthing of The Deepdene Trail by the local community. Featuring tales of owners like the Hope family, holders of the infamous Hope Diamond and those responsible for both the success and decline of the Deepdene Estate. Alexander Bagnall oversaw the efforts to rescue and reconnect the surviving remnants of the Deepdene from 2015 to 2018 and took a look at the story behind rediscovering Deepdene’s hidden treasures.
Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “It’s wonderful to see the story of Deepdene continue to develop. Thank you to everyone who came to the event and purchased a copy of the book. Any profits made will be put back into conserving the Deepdene and the fantastic volunteers who keep the Trail open.
“Between April 2015 and March 2018, The Deepdene Trail was created by Mole Valley District Council and partners as part of a £1million Heritage Lottery Funded project. The project restored and reconnected the historic Deepdene estate and engaged visitors through events, activities, volunteer work and digital interpretation.
“The Trail is managed by Mole Valley District Council and supported by volunteers and a range of partners. There have been over 30,000 visitors since it opened in September 2016 and, with up to nine miles of paths to walk, there are plenty of surprises and new views to discover. We hope the launch of the new book will inspire even more visitors to explore this hidden treasure.”
Anyone who missed the event will have several opportunities to hear more about the fascinating stories of Deepdene at one of a series of events being held as part of this years’ Heritage open Days events between 13 and 22 September. Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find out more.