A former chalk pit which was landscaped as a garden in 1904.
After World War I the gardens were redesigned in the Italianate style. The year 1922 engraved on either side of a central ‘stage’ structure probably marks the time of its completion. From then on, it became known as the Italian Gardens, although there are no formal signs. The pergolas, once covered by climbing roses, are now empty but the fact that, especially on a fine day, people still enjoy them is testament to their lasting charm and every summer they provide a wonderful backdrop to open-air performances of Shakespeare plays.
Their sheltered position forms a natural sun trap with views out to sea making it a perfect place for a picnic.