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Hope springs eternal for Surrey's great lost landscape: Deepdene Heritage Trail

PUBLISHED: 16:23 15 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013

Hope Springs Eternal Deepdene Heritage Trail Deepdene House and Garden

Hope Springs Eternal Deepdene Heritage Trail Deepdene House and Garden

An exciting project to rescue a piece of Surrey's lost history, with the final resting place of Thomas Hope – the famed regency arbiter of taste - at its heart, has been launched.

An exciting project to rescue a piece of Surreys lost history, with the final resting place of Thomas Hope the famed regency arbiter of taste - at its heart, has been launched.

The aim of Hope Springs Eternal is to link up the land that makes up the remnants of the Deepdene Estate, on the south-eastern edge of Dorking, as the Deepdene Heritage Trail.

Mole Valley District Council and partners are now working on the submission of a2million Heritage Lottery Bid and it is hoped that if successful this external funding will help towards therepairof thehistoric features that made this estate so famed in the 19th century.

From 1808, The Deepdene belonged to the famous connoisseur and collector, Thomas Hope. His workin Dorkingshapedfashionable taste,with Queen Victoria's Osborne House derived from his property.

A century later the park caught the imagination of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who successfully campaigned to rescue it from suburban development with the help of public donations.

Starting at Cotmandene, the heritage trail is expected to take in Glory Woods, The Hope Mausoleum, Chart Park, The Terrace (pictured above), Deepdene house and garden (which is owned by luxury travel group Kuoni), Brockham village and Betchworth Castle.

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