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A BRIEF HISTORY

The historical Broome Park Estate was established during the reign of Charles I and has, as its centrepiece, a magnificent Grade 1 listed Mansion House. The house was completed around 1638 and is one of the finest examples of Carolean architecture in England.

Below illustrates a timeline of almost 400 years at Broome House.

The historical Broome Park Estate was established during the reign of Charles I and has, as its centrepiece, a magnificent Grade 1 listed Mansion House. The house was completed around 1638 and is one of the finest examples of Carolean architecture in England.

Below illustrates a timeline of almost 400 years at Broome House.

TIMELINE

Basil Dixwell

Basil Dixwell purchased Broome Park from Leonard DIggs in 1635 after becoming a member of parliament in 1626 and Sheriff of Kent 1627.

270,000 bricks were used to complete the building including stables and brew house.

Mark Dixwell

Broome Park was left to Basil’s nephew Mark who died at Arundel. Mark left to his 3 year old son Basil who obtained Broome House when he came of age in 1668 until his death in 1750. During this time Mark’s brother John Dixwell was guardian and managed the estate.

George Oxenden

George Oxenden obtained the estate after marrying Basil’s sisters granddaughter Elizabeth, but died in 1750 leaving the estate to his father Henry

Henry Oxenden

Died in 1803 but the family reined through decades of Oxenden baronets until selling in 1911.

Lord Kitchener

Lord Kitchener of Khartoum bought Broome Park for £14,000. He restored the entrance hall with fire places, wooden panels and ceilings to reflect his life as a Soldier.

Lord Kitchener Death

Died on HMS Hampshire when it sank off the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Nobody knows how but two theories are that it hit a mine or was an inside  job masterminded by Enemy Spies.

Tony Kitchener

Inherited the house upon his Uncles death until 1928 but it suffered severe damage during WWI.

Mr G. C. Jell

Purchased Broome Park in the early 1930’s and after WWII turned it into a country house. He sold it on upon retirement and after the death of his son in Australia, and his wife who fell down the main staircase.

Ministry of Defence

The estate was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a military hospital with the current Kent room being a surgery. In the months leading up to D Day Broome Park was a garrison for the Canadian army tank regiment with tanks rumoured to still be buried under the current golf course.

Golf Leisure

A tanker shipping and leisure company purchased the estate and built the par 72, 6610 yard golf course. It later built 26 Regency Villas on the site and turned the main house upper floors into timeshare apartments.

Kitchener Hotels Ltd

Opened Broome Park Hotel with a new investor. And the Hotel becomes a licensed wedding venue and large event venue

TIMELINE

1635
Basil Dixwell

Basil Dixwell purchased Broome Park from Leonard DIggs in 1635 after becoming a member of parliament in 1626 and Sheriff of Kent 1627.

270,000 bricks were used to complete the building including stables and brew house.

1642
Mark Dixwell

Broome Park was left to Basil’s nephew Mark who died at Arundel. Mark left to his 3 year old son Basil who obtained Broome House when he came of age in1668 until his death in 1750. During this time Mark’s brother John Dixwell was guardian and managed the estate.

1750
George Oxenden

George Oxenden obtained the estate after marrying Basil’s sisters granddaughter Elizabeth, but died in 1750 leaving the estate to his father Henry

1803
Henry Oxenden

Died in 1803 but the family reined through decades of Oxenden baronets until selling in 1911.

1911
Lord Kitchener

Lord Kitchener of Khartoum bought Broome Park for £14,000. He restored the entrance hall with fire places, wooden panels and ceilings to reflect his life as a Soldier.

1916
Lord Kitchener Death

Died on HMS Hampshire when it sank off the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Nobody knows how but two theories are that it hit a mine or was an inside an inside job masterminded by Enemy Spies.

1928
Tony Kitchener

Inherited the house upon his Uncles death until 1928 but it suffered severe damage during WWI.

1930's
Mr G. C. Jell

Purchased Broome Park in the early 1930’s and after WWII turned it into a country house. He sold it on upon retirement and after the death of his son in Australia, and his wife who fell down the main staircase.

WWII
Ministry of Defence

The estate was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a military hospital with the current Kent room being a surgery. In the leading months up to D Day Broome Park was a garrison for the Canadian army tank regiment with tanks rumoured to still be buried under the current golf course.

1979
Golf Leisure

A tanker shipping and leisure company purchased the estate and built the par 72, 6610 yard golf course. It later built 26 Regency Villas on the site and turned the main house upper floors into timeshare apartments.

2017
Kitchener Hotels Ltd

Opened Broome Park Hotel with a new investor. And the Hotel becomes a licensed wedding venue and large event venue.

A BRIEF HISTORY

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