Collections: Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr (1577-1618) was the Englishman for whom the state, river, and American Indian tribe called Delaware in the United States were named. Lord De La Warr was the Virginia Company's first governor and an ancestor of the current Lord De La Warr. West received his education at Queen's College, Oxford. He served in the army under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and in 1601 was charged with supporting Essex's ill-fated insurrection against Queen Elizabeth I, but he was acquitted of those charges and succeeded his father as Baron De La Warr in 1602 and became a member of the Privy Council. Lord De La Warr headed the contingent of 150 men who landed in Jamestown (in what would later become Virginia) on June 10, 1610, just in time to persuade the original settlers not to give up and go home to England. Lord De La Warr proceeded to initiate the First Anglo-Powhatan War, which has been described as an act of genocide. Leaving his deputy, Sir Samuel Argall, in charge, Lord De La Warr returned to England and published a book about Virginia, "The Relation of the Right Honourable the Lord De-La-Warre, of the Colonie, Planted in Virginia," in 1611. He remained the nominal governor of Virginia, and, in such office, had received complaints from the Virginia settlers about Argall's tyranny in governing them for him; thus, Lord De La Warr set sail for Virginia again in 1618 to investigate those charges. He died en route and was buried at sea. Buckhurst Park was built in the early part of the 19th century and thus not home to the 3rd Lord De La Warr. The Sackville family, current holders of the title, occupy the large Tudor-style house, originally called Stoneland Hall.
Chapel & Church: The Chapel contains oak paneling originally from Bolebooke, a 16th century brick house in Sussex.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 162, 1853.
Country Life: XXXI, 686 plan, 722, 1912.
Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
Year Published: 1990
Reference: pg. P 329
Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
Year Published: 1973
Reference: pg. 639
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: William Herbrand Sackville, 11th Earl De La Warr; Sackville family here for 900 years.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Available for weddings and corporate events.