- Not to be confused with Witley Court, Worcestershire.
The estate named Lea Park between Godalming and Haslemere, Surrey, and the adjacent South Park Farm were purchased in 1890 from the Earl of Derby; the title to the estate included the titular Lordship of the Manor and control of Hindhead Common. Lea Park was developed by the fabulously wealthy J. Whitaker Wright, as part of extensive land – approximately 9,000 acres (36 km2; 14 sq mi) – he purchased in the Haslemere and Hindhead area.
The preexisting house was developed into a 32 bedroom mansion, adjacent to artificial lakes and landscaped grounds. Beside three lakes, Whitaker Wright famously built an underground conservatory/smoking room, with aquarium windows.
Lea Park was sold to Lord Pirrie, famous for his role in the building of the RMS Titanic. The letter P with a crown above can still be found on metal gates in the estate and on the previously-owned lands.
The estate was renamed Witley Park by later owners the Leigh family, perhaps to avoid the confusion with Lea.
The Witley Park mansion was burned down in 1952 and 'Witley Park House' built elsewhere on the estate in 1959. Permission for a new house on the site of the old mansion was granted around 2004 and the new house will soon be completed. The landscaped park remains, but the houses and park are private and not open to the public.
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