Charles Hamilton acquires the land and starts creating Painshill.
Hamilton creates his pleasure garden including a lake, follies and open parkland.
Hamilton receives his first seed box from John Bartram and develops a love of new plants.
The first wine is harvested from Painshill’s vineyard.
The Turkish Tent is built as a place for Hamilton’s visitors to admire the view.
Hamilton completes his Temple of Bacchus to house his collection of Roman statues.
The Ruined Abbey is added to the lake side.
Hamilton is forced to sell Painshill to Benjamin Bond Hopkins who kept it, largely, the same.
Fredrik Piper visits Painshill and takes Hamilton’s visionary ideas back to Europe.
Future American presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson visit Painshill.
Hamilton dies & is buried in Bath Abbey.
The estate was purchased by Henry Lawes Luttrell, 2nd Earl of Carhampton. It was in this time that Queen Caroline and her daughters visited and promenaded.
William Cooper purchased Painshill and made some changes including replacing the wooden waterwheel with cast-iron.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made visits to Painshill from nearby Claremont.
Charles Combe owned Painshill and replaced the vineyard with a series of rustic steps.
The land was requisitioned by the military. Neglect during the war led to decay and eventual collapse of some of the follies. Hamilton’s landscape design was lost.
The wilderness took over. The damaged Hermitage was chopped up for firewood and the crystal ceiling of the Grotto collapsed.
The Garden History Society and the Friends of Painshill campaign to save the landscape.
Elmbridge Borough Council buy back 158 acres of the original estate.
Tower was gutted by fire.
Painshill Park Trust is formed to restore the landscape to the 18th century design and Painshill is given Grade I listed status as a garden of international importance.
The Trust undertake extensive archaeology and research to understand the landscape layout, plantings and the buildings. Teams of volunteers, staff and trustees clear the overgrown wilderness.
The Gothic Temple is the first building to be restored.
The Painshill education dept is founded to engage schools with historic garden design, nature, wildlife, conservation and outdoor skills.
The Gothic Tower is re-opened by the Duchess of York.
The vineyard is re-planted and starts producing wine by the late 1990s.
HRH The Prince of Wales opens the new Turkish Tent after it has been rebuilt.
Awarded the International Europa Nostra Medal for exemplary restoration.
The landscape team rebuild the Hermitage from timber cleared on the estate.
Painshill’s John Bartram Heritage collection achieves National Collection status.
The (cast of the) statue of Bacchus returns to Painshill.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund awards Painshill a grant to complete the Crystal Grotto.
A private donation from The Monuments Trust allows the Five Arch Bridge to be rebuilt.
The restoration of the outside of the Temple of Bacchus is completed.
Painshill Park Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary and the story continues…